This simple recipe for classic tuna fish salad is made with canned tuna, homemade mayonnaise, and a celery sweet pickle relish. With only a few ingredients you can have a simple tuna salad that's perfect for as is in a sandwich, wrap, or served as an appetizer! |
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Classic Tuna Fish Salad

This simple recipe for classic tuna fish salad is made with canned tuna, mayonnaise, and a celery and homemade sweet pickle relish. With only a few ingredients you can have a simple tuna salad that's perfect for as is in a sandwich, wrap, or served as an appetizer!
Course Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword tuna fish salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 169kcal
Author David & Debbie Spivey


  • 5 to 6 ounces tuna fresh or canned packed in water, drained
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 4 to 5 sweet pickle slices + 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • A light sprinkle paprika for presentation (optional)


  • Using a hand-held chopper or knife, chop the pickles and celery in a medium bowl, until you get a chunky relish. Drain the can of tuna and add to the relish with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Stir and add more mayonnaise if needed to get to the desired consistency. Finally, add in about ½ to 1 tablespoon of the sweet pickle juice to the tuna fish salad; stir well.
  • Serve this tuna fish salad plain as is, served up on toasted sandwich bread. If you are looking for a low carb option, you can serve this tuna fish salad on a romaine or Boston lettuce leaf for a tuna salad wrap.


For best results, make ahead. Tuna fish salad is always better after the flavors of the ingredients have time to meld together in the refrigerator overnight.
This stainless steel hand-held food chopper is perfect for the job. Easy to use and minimal cleanup, making this recipe even easier than it already is! Find it HERE!


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 254mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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