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Here is the simplest of recipes for Tuna Salad that can be made in about 10 minutes. One of the easiest meals on the blog, it’s made with pantry ingredients, but still has so much flavor!
What I love about this Tuna Salad recipe is how versatile it is based on what you have! You can make it sassy and spicy with cilantro and jalapeno, or keep it more well mannered- up to you. 🙂
Ingredients in Tuna Salad
- Good Quality Canned Tuna- packed in water or olive oil– albacore is nice here.
- red onion or green onion
- fresh herbs- cilantro, parsley, dill, basil, or tarragon- use what you have
- pickles or capers
- pickle juice or caper juice
- mayo or vegan mayo
- whole grain mustard
- salt and pepper
- lemon or lime zest (optional)
- optional additions- jalapeno, cucumber, celery, radishes
Ways to Serve Tuna Salad
- Over a bed of dressed greens
- Stuffed in an avocado
- Folded into pita bread
- Spooned into a warm Tortilla
- Piled over a Rice Crisp
- Piled over Rye Crisp
- Piled over an English Muffin
- Over toasted Sourdough bread
- Make Tuna Melts!
Or eat it right out of the bowl!
Make a Tuna Melt
Toast some bread (or use a rice crisp) then pile on some tuna salad, add a few slices of tomato, a pinch of salt and pepper, cover with a slice of cheese ( I like pepper jack) and place it in the oven or toaster oven, at 375F until heated through and cheese is melty.
A lowly can of tuna becomes a delicious meal for two. 😉
On the home front: We are almost done with our wedding catering season … just 5 more weddings to go. Whew! One of the hardest things in the restaurant and catering business, for me, has always been managing stress and the pressure that comes with this kind of work. I often find myself daydreaming about working in a flower shop or being a barista in a cafe!
In fact, once, when I had Mizuna Restaurant, in a moment of temporary insanity – overwhelmed, tired and stressed to the max, I walked out and actually applied for a job at a local florist.
Never mind that I already had a job, a full-blown business with 30-ish employees and that I had absolutely no idea how to arrange flowers– somehow all of this slipped my mind.
I saw the “now hiring” sign, walked in, and filled out an application. They asked me to make a sample floral bouquet, which I did.
Well, I thought it looked good. 😂
It was the kind of bouquet you would make if you were 5 years old. A bunch of different colored, multi-length flowers in a vase, all willy nilly, messy and wild. Needless to say, I did not get the job!
But to this day, every time I think of that moment, placing those flowers in the vase, pretending to be a florist, I laugh hysterically. I still feel embarrassed. Talk about wanting to escape your life!
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Enjoy the Easy Delicious Tuna Salad!
Easy 10-Minute Tuna Salad
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Lunch recipe,
- Method: stirred
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
Here’s the tastiest recipe for Easy 10-Minute Tuna Salad that can be served over rice crisps, salad greens, in tortillas or pita bread or in sprouted bread.
- 5-ounce can of Tuna ( albacore is nice), drained
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion or scallions
- 1/4 cup chopped herbs- dill, tarragon, cilantro, parsley, or basil, etc.
- 1 tablespoon capers (or sub 2 tablespoons finely diced pickle)
- 1 tablespoon caper juice (or pickle juice)
- 3–4 tablespoons mayo, veganaise, or sub olive oil
- 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
- salt, pepper and optional cayenne to taste
- Optional Additions: chopped celery, cucumber, radish, jalapeno, lemon or lime zest
Serve over dressed salad greens, rice crisp, rye crisp, in a warm pita, or tortilla, over sourdough toast, or in an avocado.
Garnish with microgreens, herbs, or avocado. Or make a tuna melt- see recipe post.
- Place the drained tuna in a medium bowl and shred it apart with a fork. Add the onion, herbs, capers, caper juice, and give a good mix. Add any optional additions listed above (not more than 1/2 cup).
- Stir in the mayo, starting light, adding more to desired creaminess.
- Add mustard.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a pinch of cayenne if you like.
- Serve over dressed salad greens, rice crisp, rye crisp, in a warm pita, or tortilla, over sourdough toast, or in an avocado.
- Garnish with microgreens, herbs, or avocado. Or make a tuna melt- see recipe post above!
This will keep 3 days in the fridge.
- Serving Size: ¾ cup, made with mayo ( just the salad)
- Calories: 276
- Sugar: 2.6 g
- Sodium: 575.2 mg
- Fat: 18.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 3.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 6 g
- Fiber: 1.3 g
- Protein: 21.4 g
- Cholesterol: 44.8 mg
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I never liked tuna salad before this recipe. Basil is a very nice touch too.
Could you comment with the ingredient amounts for the original recipe that had radishes, jalapeños, etc.! I loved that one!
Hi Danielle- I’m kind of laughing to myself, because I thought when I changed this that no one would notice! Original was made wittout the capers, plus 1/2 cup chopped radishes, and 1-2 teaaspoons chopped jalapeno and 1/4 fresh cilantro.
Thank you so much for responding 🥰 I’m going to make it tonight!
Awesome Danielle! Let me know what you think!
Half of the ingredients are omitted from the instructions. Wouldn’t it just be easier to say “Combine everything” ?
yes. 🙂 I fixed the recipe- sorry about that, it was an older one.
I just made this recipe, it was great. I too put it in an avacado. I made one batch with tuna and another batch with canned pink wild salmon. Both were great. I did not use mayo but I did use olive oil and a tablespoon of lime crema.
So delicious and full of veggies. I’ve always enjoyed tuna fish salad but I think of this as an elevated tuna fish salad. I made this into a wrap with guacamole, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, and cherry tomatoes! So yummy! Thanks again!
Yum! Sounds great!
I love this fresh take on boring tuna salad. Prepped this for lunches this week. Love the radishes. Thank you!
Thanks, so happy you liked it!
Absolutely everyone loves this! Just curious what size can of tuna you are using?
Just regular sized- 5 ounces!
This is so delicious. Nice heat, and I love all the extra flavors and textures. I made it a few days ago, my boyfriend is already begging me to make it again. Thank you!
Thanks Lindsay! Glad you enjoyed!
Sylvia- this was so good!!!I used the olive oil instead of the mayo and served in an avocado, Yummy – such fresh flavors- definitely an upgrade to the usual tuna salad. Thank you for your creativity!!
Nice lunch idea
Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.
Yummy. I am eating this for lunch right now and enjoying every single crunchy bite.
I’ve newly been introduced to your site, and I have to say that I made this tuna salad for my supper tonight and it was so good, I placed it into a whole wheat pita and just consumed it, don’t even think I spoke to anyone. It was absolutely delicious.
Thank you for your creativity,
Thanks for visiting the blog Donna and for sharing! Glad you liked!
this tuna salad looks delicious, loving all the different ways it can be eaten. definitely need to recreate the recipe!
Wow that isn’t your Mom’s Tuna salad—or the tuna salad I learned in 8th grade home economics.That is one power house tuna salad that is quite elegant. I hear you about the day dreaming of a less stressful job. I have a job that if I err I can screw up someone’s life. So I have tried to remember when I worked other jobs that weren’t so dicey, what did that feel like. But then I was self employed- that’s a different kind of stress–or I worked for corporate American where my one simple program could choke up the entire northwest telephone processing system. So what would it be like to work in a flower shop or a book store????
I know…doesn’t it sound dreamy?
I love crunch in my tuna (carrots especially). I could eat it everyday!
I posted an avocado tonnato today.
Great minds think alike!
This is such a vibrant, brilliant take on tuna salad, I love all the beautiful veggies you included!
Yum! This looks amazing Sylvia!
Yum! I love when a “clean out the pantry” kind of meal turns into something spectacular! And what a funny story about the florist shop. I would have made a messy arrangement too. It’s rustic, right?