Easy Tuna Salad Recipe

Tuna salad is a simple and classic dish offering versatility and endless possibilities. It’s a real crowd-pleaser that includes a harmonious blend of canned tuna, creamy mayo, and a medley of delicious ingredients and seasonings.

Which tuna is best?

You can go with chuck light or solid white, packed in oil or water. Which type of tuna you pick really boils down to your personal preference

Chuck light tends to be more budget-friendly and has a milder taste, while solid white offers a meatier texture and richer flavor. 

Regardless of which one you choose, always make sure to drain your tuna before mixing with other ingredients or your tuna salad could turn out watery/mushy.

The filling

Mayo is traditionally used for its creamy consistency and tangy flavor, which makes it the perfect binder for tuna salad. I personally use soy-free mayo, but you can use traditional mayo or Greek yogurt. 

For a vegan alternative, you can use either vegan mayo or avocado. They both add a unique creaminess and subtle tang that compliments the tuna very well.

Tuna Salad Content

All the fixin’s 

Now for the fun part! This is where you can let your creativity flow and add whatever condiments you like. The possibilities are endless – you can go the classic route with celery and onion, or be a little more adventurous with sides like capers, diced pickles, relish, chopped hard-boiled eggs or grapes. These delicious additions add a nice crunch while also infusing all of the flavors together. 

Just as important as the condiments are the seasonings, which you can also experiment and have fun with! Add a squeeze of lemon juice for a touch of acidity, or herbs like dill or parsley for a refreshing note. You can use a variety of seasonings (like this recipe) to customize the flavor profile and tailor it to your taste buds. 

Best way to serve

Short answer – there isn’t one! Tuna salad is delicious enough on its own or as a side dish. Enjoy it as sandwich, nestled between two slices of fresh bread, or stuffed into a fluffy, warm croissant. 

You can use it as a topping over crisp lettuce, or serve as a dip and pair with crackers or freshly cut vegetables. 

How to store

Since this recipe is made with fish and mayo, it’s best kept the fridge, stored in an airtight container. With proper storage, tuna salad will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Creamy Tuna Salad

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A super creamy tuna salad recipe that's perfect for sandwiches, crackers, or on a salad.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cans tuna
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 1 tbsp sweet relish
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup soy-free mayo
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • A splash of lemon juice (optional)


  1. Drain tuna and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add all other ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Let tuna salad chill in fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.


Use dijon mustard instead of regular for added tanginess!

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