This Tuna Salad Sandwich (tuna fish salad) is a healthy tuna salad made with canned tuna, celery, onions and kalamata olives all tossed in a light mayonnaise dressing.  

tuna fish salad sandwich with tomatoes and lettuce

Tuna salad is one of those quick and easy sandwich recipes to make, and it can be served  on bread, toast, lettuce leaves, as a wrap or simply with a handful of crackers.

tuna salad ingredients

Everyone has their favorite mix of Tuna Salad Sandwich ingredients.  I personally love a good tuna salad loaded with lots of celery, some onion and I prefer kalamata olives over pickles or relish.  

Tuna Salad Ingredients

The tuna salad ingredients for this healthy tuna salad combines a delicious mix of Parmesan cheese, kalamata olives and flat leaf parsley, giving it a little Mediterranean flair.

  • Canned tuna
  • Celery 
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Kalamata olives 
  • Red onion
  • Green onion
  • Flat leaf  parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Tuna salad dressing

Tuna Salad Dressing

  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon juice
  • Dried dill
  • Garlic powder
  •  sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to Make Tuna Salad

This healthy tuna salad comes together in about 10 minutes start-to-finish.

  • Drain tuna
  • Place tuna in medium sized bowl and lightly break apart any large chunks of tuna using a fork.
  • Add the celery, onions, kalamata olives, parmesan cheese and parsley and toss.
  • Fold in the dressing so all of the ingredients are lightly and evenly coated.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve chilled to make a sandwich or a wrap or scoop a mound on top of lettuce leaves.

How to Make Tuna Salad Sandwich

I probably make this tuna fish salad sandwich recipe once a week, either for lunch or a light dinner.

  • Put one lettuce leaf and 2 tomato slices on a slice of bread or toast.
  • Place ½ cup of salad on top of the tomato slices.
  • Put second piece of bread or toast on top of the tomato slices and cut the sandwich in half.

bowl of tuna fish salad for sandwiches

Tuna Fish Salad Variations

  • Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon curry to the salad dressing 
  • Instead of mayonnaise, mix together 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  • Add diced red pepper
  • Replace kalamata olives with chopped pickles (sweet or dill) or relish (sweet or dill)
  • Toss in capers
  • Omit parmesan cheese 
  • Use this avocado mayonnaise instead of regular mayonnaise

healthy tuna salad sandiwch with tomatoes and pickles

tuna salad sandwiches

Serving Suggestions

  • Sandwich:  Serve on slices of bread or toast with lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Wrap:  Stuff tortillas or lettuce leaves with tuna.
  • Stuffed Avocado:  Scoop tuna salad on top of avocado halves.
  • Crackers:  Serve the tuna salad almost like you would a dip with cut vegetables and crackers.

healthy tuna salad sandwich with tomatoes and pickles

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healthy tuna fish salad sandwich
Yield: 4 servings

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

This Tuna Salad Sandwich (tuna fish salad) is a healthy tuna salad made with canned tuna, celery, onions and kalamata olives all tossed in a light mayonnaise dressing.  

Ingredients

  • 2 cans water-packed tuna, drained
  • 1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons kalamata olives chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red onion
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf  parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Tuna Salad Dressing

  • 3-4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

How to Make Tuna Salad

  1. Drain tuna
  2. Place tuna in medium sized bowl and lightly break apart any large chunks of tuna using a fork.
  3. Add the celery, onions, kalamata olives, parmesan cheese and parsley and toss.
  4. Fold in the dressing so all of the ingredients are lightly and evenly coated.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve chilled to make a sandwich or a wrap or scoop a mound on top of lettuce leaves.

How to Make Tuna Salad Dressing

Blend the ingredients in a small bowl.

How to Make Tuna Salad Sandwich

  1. Put one lettuce leaf and 2 tomato slices on a slice of bread or toast.
  2. Place ½ cup of salad on top of the tomato slices.
  3. Put second piece of bread or toast on top of the tomato slices and cut the sandwich in half.

Notes

TUNA SALAD VARIATIONS

  • Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon curry to the salad dressing 
  • Instead of mayonnaise, mix together 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  • Add diced red pepper
  • Replace kalamata olives with chopped pickles (sweet or dill) or relish (sweet or dill)
  • Toss in capers
  • Omit parmesan cheese 
  • Use this avocado mayonnaise instead of regular mayonnaise

HOW TO SERVE TUNA SALAD

  • Sandwich:  Serve on slices of bread or toast with lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Wrap:  Stuff tortillas or lettuce leaves with tuna.
  • Stuffed Avocado:  Scoop tuna salad on top of avocado halves.
  • Crackers:  Serve the tuna salad almost like you would a dip with cut vegetables and crackers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.