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Classic Southern Tuna Salad Recipe w/ Egg

Creating the best tuna salad sandwich involves a combination of fresh ingredients, balanced flavors, and the right texture. It took me years to perfect my recipe and today I share it with you!

tuna fish sandwich on multiseed bread

If you are looking for a fool proof easy tuna salad recipe...this is it! My recipe only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes. Chances are you have everything on hand!

Here are some tips and tricks to elevate your tuna salad sandwich game:

Ingredients

  1. Quality Tuna: Choose high-quality tuna packed in water for a cleaner taste or oil for a richer flavor. Albacore tuna is a popular choice for its mild flavor and firm texture.
  2. Fresh Vegetables: Use fresh, crisp vegetables like celery, red onion, and pickles. These add a nice crunch and contrast to the creamy tuna.
  3. Herbs and Spices: Incorporate fresh herbs like dill, parsley, or chives for added freshness. A pinch of salt, black pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice can brighten up the flavors.
  4. Creamy Base: Mayonnaise is traditional, but you can mix it with Greek yogurt for a lighter, tangy taste. Dijon mustard or a bit of sour cream can add depth and complexity.
  5. Extras: Add a bit of relish or chopped capers for a tangy twist. Hard-boiled eggs or avocado slices can add extra creaminess and nutrition.
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Preparation

  1. Drain Tuna Properly: Ensure you drain the tuna well to avoid a watery salad. Press the tuna gently with a fork to remove excess liquid.
  2. Mix Thoroughly: Combine all ingredients well but avoid overmixing to keep some texture in the tuna.
  3. Chill Before Serving: Letting the tuna salad sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour helps meld the flavors together.

Assembling the Sandwich

  1. Bread Choice: Use fresh, sturdy bread like whole grain, sourdough, or a good quality sandwich roll. Toasting the bread adds a delightful crunch.
  2. Layering: Spread a thin layer of butter or mayo on the bread to prevent it from getting soggy. Layer lettuce or spinach to add freshness and keep the bread from getting too wet from the tuna salad.
  3. Additional Toppings: Add slices of tomato, cucumber, or avocado for extra flavor and texture. Cheese, like sharp cheddar or Swiss, can also complement the tuna salad well.
  4. Season as You Go: Lightly season each layer (lettuce, tomato) to ensure every bite is flavorful.

Serving Tips

  1. Sides: Serve with classic sides like potato chips, pickles, or a light salad.
  2. Presentation: Cut the sandwich diagonally for an appealing presentation and easier handling.

Tuna Sandwich Side Suggestions

Advanced Tips

  1. Flavored Variations: Experiment with adding a touch of curry powder for a curried tuna salad, or sriracha for a spicy kick.
  2. Bread Alternatives: For a low-carb option, serve the tuna salad in lettuce wraps or stuffed in a bell pepper half.
  3. Texture Play: Add some nuts like almonds or walnuts for an unexpected crunch.
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By focusing on quality ingredients, thoughtful preparation, and balanced flavors, you can create a tuna salad sandwich that's not only delicious but memorable.

Recipe

tuna fish sandwich on multiseed bread

Best Tuna Fish Salad Recipe

Sheri
Creating the perfect tuna salad sandwich involves a blend of high-quality ingredients, balanced flavors, and the right textures.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 196 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 3 5 ounce cans tuna packed in water drained
  • 3 tablespoon mayonnaise or less
  • 1 celery finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoons red onion minced
  • 2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • J O Seasoning old bay or salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, combine tuna, mayonnaise, celery, onion, relish, lemon juice, and garlic.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ½ teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper). Serve immediately or cover and chill until serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 24gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 407mgPotassium: 230mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Tuna
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