The Best Tuna Salad Sandwich

5 from 18 votes

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This is the Best Tuna Salad Recipe ever. Whoever thinks tuna sandwiches are gross has clearly never tried this delicious and easy recipe!

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Tuna Salad: Love it or Hate it? I asked this question on social media the other day and was so surprised how many of you LOVE it! I definitely hated tuna salad growing up, but have turned over a new leaf and now love the stuff. Love it on bread, love it by itself, love with crackers. Just love it. And, it never gets old either! Lucky for me, my four (soon to be five!) family members love it just as much as I do!

If you happen to hate tuna salad, I apologize. {But you might want to consider trying my version just once to rule it out for sure! Just saying…}

If you love it, then enjoy! It’s tasty stuff!

Tuna Salad Recipe Ingredients

I add in a lot of crunchy, vinegary ingredients because I love the bite vinegar gives, but you are welcome to adjust this tuna salad recipe as you’d like! This is just a starting point; make it, taste, and adjust the ingredients as you like.

Tuna – It can’t be a tuna salad without tuna! 2 cans will do for this recipe. I usually buy mine packed in water instead of oil. Drain well!

Croissants – If you have never had a sandwich using a croissant, you’re missing out. Don’t worry, proceed to make this tasty recipe for your induction to croissant sandwiches.

Dill Pickles, Celery, and, Green Onions – These bring not only flavor to the base of the salad but also texture! The contrast in texture makes this recipe rise above the rest.

Real Mayonnaise – This is controversial but I PROMISE you if you use real mayonnaise this recipe will turn out right and good. Please, no miracle whip.

How to Make Tuna Salad

  1. Take a breath and open up some tuna. I promise this is the right thing to do.

Tuna2. Next comes a little chopping. I like a big crunch to tuna ratio, so I go a little overboard with the onions, celery, and pickles. Pickles are VERY important. DO NOT forget the pickles. And they must be dill. Sweet pickles=gross. The end.

Tuna Salad Recipe Ingredients3. Next up? The MAYO. A few important pointers: miracle whip is NOT mayonnaise and is forbidden in this recipe. Low-fat versions are also not permitted. Use the real, full fat, mighty tasty mayo. Trust the Lauren. And don’t worry. My recipe doesn’t really call for a lot. So relax….go to it! {Name that movie!}

Mayonnaise4. Sprinkle in good ol’ S & P. They always like to come to my parties.

Tuna Salad Recipe Ingredients5. Now stir that baby up.

Tuna Salad6. And take a minute to enjoy. And cry. And savor the moment that is beautiful tuna salad. We’re almost done!

Tuna Salad7. Now take one of these beauties! I love croissants.

Croissant8. And give ‘er a slice. {*if you want to ever elevate a sandwich/get people to like it- make it on a croissant. AMAZING.}

Sliced Croissant9. Now, spoon on that yummy tuna. And lettuce if you like.

Tuna Salad on Croissant10. Take another minute to step back and enjoy the bliss.

Tuna Salad on Croissant11. Ok, add the tomatoes {and cucumbers if you like}…

Tomatoes on Tuna Salad Sandwich12. AND finally some of these pretty little things. Mild pepper rings. My darn older sister got me hooked on these. I visited her a few months ago in Idaho and we had some hefty burgers with these little buggers on top. Holy delicious batman. So, now I add them to everything. They add a nice pop and vinegary zing. They are optional, but you really should put them on your sandwich because I said so.

Banana PeppersHello lover!

Banana Peppers on Tuna SandwichNow add the top and dig in. YUM.

Tuna SandwichIf this doesn’t convince you to make a tuna salad sandwich today, I don’t know what will! HEAVEN.

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5 from 18 votes

The Best Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich

This is the Best Tuna Salad Recipe ever. Whoever thinks tuna sandwiches are gross has clearly never tried this delicious and easy recipe!
servings 4 sandwiches
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 14 ounces tuna packed in water drained well (2 cans)
  • 3 green onions sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1/4 cup dill pickles chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1/3 cup real mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 croissants


  • tomato slices
  • cucumber slices
  • lettuce
  • pickles
  • mild pepper rings


  • In a large bowl, combine the tuna with the onions, pickles, celery, mayo, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • Scoop onto croissants and top with any desired toppings. Serve cold.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.9mg
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy tuna salad, tuna, tuna fish, tuna salad, tuna salad sandwich

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  1. Mary

    5 stars
    This looks so gooood! We love tuna salad..pinned this recipe! How do you get your tuna drained so completely? The picture of the drained can of tuna looks great…I can’t get mine like that. Help! Thanks!

  2. Donna Jordon

    5 stars
    I do not particularly like tuna salad, but this was delicious! I think the chopped dill pickles and the flaky croissants made the difference. This recipe is a keeper. Love it!

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  5. Mary Garner/Lotempio

    5 stars
    Girl Friend, yo just solved a major problem. Having these ladies over for lunch tomorrow. these lovely tuna sandwiches will do just the trick. Plus I love tuna sandwiches………………and they better.

  6. Judy D.

    I make my tuna salad the exact same way as this recipe. I love making a sandwich on a croissant as well.

    As another tuna treat, I make a ‘tuna melt.’ I toast an English muffin, put some extra mago on both side of the muffin, pile on the tuna salad, top with a tomato slice and then a slice of cheese (I love Swiss)…then I put it in the toaster over (on a tray or piece of tin foil) for a few minutes until thee cheese melts. Of boy…it is so yummy.

  7. Judy D.

    Lauren, I make my tuna salad just like you; however, I add a squeeze of fresh lemon to the mix. I don’t know why, but it adds something very special.

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  9. Diane Russo

    I am a bariatric patient, I am wondering if the carbs that are counted in this recipe are from the bread being included in this, because tuna a lean protein, which is good for me, but all the carbs with this recipe is not

  10. Susan Kemp

    5 stars
    Delicious.. I used a cup of Best Food Mayo.. Also…..croissant should be cut almost all the way through and lightly toasted…both inside and out.. Now that is a croissant , tuna sandwich.
    Thanks..loved the dill pickles..always used relish before.

  11. Nancy

    I make my own mayo but I don’t make it frequently because it needs to be used within 1 week and who in the heck can (or needs) to eat an entire cup of mayo in 1 week or less on a regular basis? I just made mayo yesterday for a green sauce that was part of a recipe for Peruvian chicken. So I figured I’d use of the rest making tuna fish, which we hadn’t had in several months. I was looking to see what was out there to do differently for tuna fish than what I normally do. I haven’t really found anything different unless it’s to put fruit like grapes or raisins in (yuck). I make tuna fish pretty similar to this recipe although I also add in dill, fresh lemon juice (if I have lemons on hand), usually some mustard, and I also add in carrots (either chopped up in the food processors or using the food processor to grated them). Sometimes I will add in sliced olives as well (different varieties add different flavors and I just add in whatever I have on hand, but they are all good).
    Glad to see I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the sweet stuff in my tuna fish salads!

  12. Jonathan

    5 stars
    I just made this now and it was insanely delicious. I added hot giardiniera like the Italian place by me does and it was fantastic. Also, I agree, sweet pickles suck.

  13. Angelina

    Try using “Duke’s” mayo. Also, “The Best” is a relative term. I’MO, this tuna salad is much too sour – tangy. Some of the ingredients need to be toned down, as they tend to overwhelm. A good balance (of ingredients) is the key to a successful recipe. Believe me, I learned the hard way! Thanks for listening 🙂

  14. Janice E. Wielusz

    5 stars
    I gave this 5 ☆’s because I actually make mine this exact same way 😁 I thought it was my best recipe for tuna but now yours comes along lol. I do have a little secret tweak but don’t tell anyone. I cut up jarred cornichons and add instead of dill pickles sometimes and it is amazing! 🙆‍♀️

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