Tuna Salad Sandwich is a classic sandwich made with canned tuna, mayonnaise, onion, celery and other ingredients. Tuna Salad sandwich is easy to make, often a lunch box staple for school or work.
Right now, most people are working from home and this recipe is something you can easily whip up during your lunch break.
Luckily, I was able to buy a 9 oz canned tuna before the grocery shelves went empty. I don’t always buy tuna, if I do it is for my cat or I have a craving for tuna salad.
I haven’t been to the grocery store for a month. I promised myself to clear my freezer and practice social distancing. This is the best time to use up all my leftover ingredients from previous cooking. Thus, I’m not wasting food, I’m saving money and I’m keeping myself safe.
My bad habit of buying extras is paying off right now. I have many ingredients I can use to make any dish.
I'm low on fresh veggies, though. Lettuce, 2 carrots and cherry tomatoes are the only veggies I have. I need to use the lettuce soon before it goes bad. It will be delicious with my tuna salad.
I was pissed because I had to throw my one fresh green bell pepper and half of a red bell pepper. I knew it was in my vegetable bin but have been procrastinating putting it in the freezer, hoping I can make the dish I need it for. Oh well.
Many people are cooking these days, afraid to order food or simply refraining from going out. Fingers crossed, I can easily hit 100K pageviews this month, if you guys continue cooking. Thank you for your continued support.
Some people who are not into making their food are becoming adept at cooking. It is a learning process but with much trial and error you’ll get the hang of it. Maybe you’ll realize that you love cooking after all. Now, you just discovered a newly found passion.
Check your pantry you might have a can of tuna, time to use it with this delicious Tuna Salad Sandwich.
I’m sure not many people like the smell of fish and I am one of those people. I always make the mistake of opening the can before I prefer all the ingredients.
The fishy smell lingers in my kitchen and it bothers me. But once I mixed all the ingredients, it is one delicious tuna salad.
Tips in Making Tuna Salad
Use canned tuna in water.
When you open the can, press the lid down, flip the can and drain all the liquid in the sink. This is the easiest way to drain the liquid plus less thing to wash.
I'm not doing it this way since my curious cat is staring at me. She's telling me, Mom, don't waste it I'm here.
If the smell of tuna bothers you, don’t open the can yet. Prefer all the ingredients. Cut the red onion, carrots and celery into evenly small cube size. Keep the size of your veggies uniform.
It doesn’t hurt to tweak the amount of ingredients to your liking. You can't go wrong improvising this tuna salad recipe especially during this time.
You might not have all the ingredients, stretch you mind and experiment. Be creative and resourceful. Check what you can use in your pantry.
I like more onions with my fish. For one, it masked the smell of tuna and also, red onion and lemon enhances the flavor of fish.
If you don’t have carrots, red bell pepper or celery, it is fine to eliminate these ingredients but if you have it, it adds flavor and crunchy texture to your sandwich.
Don’t forget the sweet and tangy relish. It adds a subtle sweetness to the mixture. Some people don't care for sweet relish then use dill relish. For me, onion and sweet relish are a MUST in my tuna salad.
For a creamier and flavorful tuna salad, use real mayonnaise. Indulge instead of using Miracle Whip. Some people substitute mayo with Miracle Whip which has less fat but contains high-fructose corn syrup and sugar. So, you tell me, is it worth using Miracle Whip instead of Mayo!
This tuna salad is best chilled. After making it, I don’t serve it right away. Chill for an hour plus it allows the flavors to blend well.
Use Tuna Salad as Base for
There’s endless ways to use tuna salad as a base for other dishes. Let me know under comments how you incorporate it with other recipes. Here’s a few ways I use it.
I will post detailed instructions on how to make this.
Tuna Lettuce Wraps
This is really easy. Wash lettuce thoroughly. Slather lettuce with tuna salad and wrap it. I like my lettuce and tuna salad chilled for at least 1/2 an hour.
Tuna and Cheese Tortellini Salad
I will have a separate post for this in a few days, so watch for it.
How to Make Tuna Salad Sandwich
Wash red onion, carrots, red bell pepper, celery and cut into small cubes.
Drain water from canned tuna.
In a big bowl, combine and mix red onion, carrots, red bell pepper, celery, sweet relish, lemon juice and canned tuna.
Add mayonnaise. Then season with salt and pepper.
That’s it. You’re done!
Chill for an hour.
Toast bread or not and make your sandwich.
You can add lettuce and tomato, if you like. Enjoy!
Tuna Salad Sandwich
- 1 9oz canned tuna in water, drained
- ½ cup red onion chopped into small cubes (add more if you like)
- ½ cup carrots chopped into small cubes
- ½ cup celery chopped into small cubes
- 2 tablespoons red bell pepper chopped into small cubes
- 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons sweet relish
- 1 to 1 ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a big bowl, combine all the ingredients.
- Chill for an hour. This will also allow all the flavors to blend well.
- Make sandwich. Toast your bread, add lettuce and tomato if you like, then slather it with tuna salad. Enjoy!