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The Best Classic Tuna Salad Recipe

by Nellie

If you are looking for the perfect side dish to bring to a BBQ or a fun event, check out this amazing tuna pasta salad! Super simple ingredients and packed with flavor!

What is Tuna Salad?

If you are looking for a tasty, healthy, and easy-to-make side dish, look no further than tuna salad!

Tuna salad is a dish made from canned tuna fish mixed with mayonnaise, celery, onion, and other seasonings. It can be eaten on its own or served as part of a larger meal.

Tuna salad is a great source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, which make it a healthy choice for any occasion.

It is also very easy to customize to your taste preferences, so you can make it exactly the way you like it. Give this delicious side dish a try today!

What can I mix with canned tuna?

There are many different ways that you can mix canned tuna to create a delicious and healthy salad.

Some popular mix-ins include:

-Mayonnaise

-Celery

-Onion

-Dill pickles

-Hard boiled eggs

-Parsley

-Pepper

-Lemon juice

What is the best way to eat tuna salad?

Tuna salad can be eaten in many different ways. It can be served on its own as a side dish, or you can use it to make a sandwich or wrap.

It is also a great topping for crackers or celery sticks. If you are looking for a low carb option, you can even eat it straight out of the bowl! It’s the best tuna salad recipe that you can serve on a bed of lettuce or a bed of greens in a large bowl. It’s a basic recipe and a family favorite.

No matter how you choose to eat it, tuna salad is a delicious and nutritious option that will leave you feeling satisfied.

How do I store tuna salad?

Tuna salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To extend its shelf life, you can add lemon juice or vinegar to the mix. This will help to prevent the tuna from going bad.

When storing tuna salad, make sure it is in a covered air-tight container so that it does not dry out.

What ingredients do you need for this tuna salad?

  • Kosher salt (Diamond Crystal)
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 (5-ounce) cans tuna in water, drained
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and smashed with a fork
  • 1 ½ cups creamy mayonnaise, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon yellow or Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery (from about 3 stalks, optional)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped (optional)
  •  Paprika, for garnish

You won’t need any green onion, red onion, olive oil or miracle whip for this easy recipe.

You can use this classic tuna salad recipe in lettuce wraps for one of those great healthy meals. You can also make tuna salad sandwiches for an easy lunch with white bread. You can even make an open-faced sandwich with sweet pickles and lettuce leaves.

This delicious tuna salad is a quick meal and a good option to serve with tortilla chips. This healthy tuna salad recipe is one of those classic recipes and one of my favorite things to make for lunch.

Check out the recipe card below for one of the easiest tuna recipes!

The Best Classic Tuna Salad Recipe
Yield: 12 servings

The Best Classic Tuna Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

The super easy and tasty tuna salad recipe great for any occasion!

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt (Diamond Crystal)
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 (5-ounce) cans tuna in water, drained
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and smashed with a fork
  • 1 ½ cups creamy mayonnaise, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon yellow or Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery (from about 3 stalks, optional)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped (optional)
  •  Paprika, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil, and cook the macaroni according to package instructions, until slightly pasta al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water until the pasta is cool and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked macaroni, tuna, eggs, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, onion powder, pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Add chopped celery and onion, if using, and toss gently with a spoon to combine.
  3. Taste and adjust salt and mayonnaise as needed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, and up to overnight. Sprinkle with paprika for garnish before serving cold.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 305Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 49mgSodium 396mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 7g

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