Tuna Salad Sandwich

If you know me or have been following me for some time, you should know that I have a theory that a sandwich always tastes better when someone else makes it for you. This theory is true for me except for when it comes to my Tuna Salad Sandwich. I need to make my own Tuna Salad Sandwich for me to enjoy it. I only have a taste for this sandwich once maybe twice a year, but when I do, it is oh so good. It is definitely a classic. My Tuna Salad Sandwich recipe has been a well-kept secret but I am going to share it with you. It calls for some very specific ingredients and a specific process to make it. Here is what you will need to buy:

Tuna Salad Recipe
The special in gredient’s for tipsy’s tuna salad


  • 1 Large Can of Tuna in Water, I will only use Starkist
  • 1 Medium White Onion, Diced
  • 3 Dill Pickles, they must be cold packed pickles, I will only use Claussen
  • 5 Green Onions, Minced
  • 1 C of Hellmann’s mayonnaise
  • 1 T of Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 C Kale, Stems Removed, Minced
  • 2 Pieces, per sandwich of white bread, toasted. I used brioche.
  • 1 Roma Tomato, Sliced Thin
  • Salt & Pepper

The steps are the usual, but the key is to get the right ratio of tuna salad to bread. Here is what you need to do:


  • Make sure you drain the tuna really well.
  • Stir in the mayo, mustard, kale, pickles, onions, & green onions.
  • Let the tuna mix sit in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • Toast your bread to your desired doneness.
  • Spread both sides of the bread with more mayo, I like a thin layer.
  • Next add the tuna salad to only one side of the bread. To the other side, add the thinly sliced roma tomatoes.
  • Salt and Pepper both the tuna side and the tomato side.
  • Place your two halves together and then the sandwich must be sliced on the diagonal.

If you follow my steps exactly, you will be treated to the most perfect Tuna Salad Sandwich you have ever had and you will no longer make it or eat it any other way. It is the perfect balance of texture and flavor. Who wants to ruin a sandwich with celery anyway! Hope you enjoy!

The Best Tuna Salad Sandwich

For another great lunch idea, check out my recipe for Ramen Noodle Salad

Ramen Noodle Salad


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  • Jim

    June 10, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Hi Tipsy. Visiting friends the end of the month and I’m responsible to provide lunch for about a dozen people. It’s a beach community so I’d like to make it light and your Tuna Salad Sandwich sounds perfect. Here’s the rub….I’m a complete schmuck in the kitchen but I can read. So given your Tuna Salad recipe and make enough for 12 people, do I double or more the ingredients. Also, I’d like to present on long bread, toasted…suggestions? Thanks. Enjoy your blog.

    1. thetipsyhousewife

      June 10, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      Hi! Thanks for the message and the compliment. I would probably triple the recipe. Toasted bread sounds amazing! This is good on any bread !

  • Jan

    August 5, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I think this recipe sounds good and I am wondering what the kale adds to it? I prefer toasted pecans and chopped apple, but I’m going to give your recipe a try.

    1. thetipsyhousewife

      August 6, 2019 at 4:12 am


  • Esther Hill

    August 16, 2019 at 3:12 am

    I like to make my own tuna sandwich also. Will be giving your recipe a try real soon.

    1. thetipsyhousewife

      August 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm


  • Yani

    August 22, 2019 at 12:50 am

    First time ever making tuna salad so I’m wondering, does it matter what kind of tuna? I noticed there’s diff types (white tuna, light tuna)

    1. thetipsyhousewife

      August 22, 2019 at 12:55 am

      I like the white Tuna in water personally.

      1. Rainy

        November 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm

        You’re right! Solid white tuna, packed in water is the best. I make sure I squeeze all of the water out before adding the mayo, diced red onion, diced celery, shredded carrot & capers. Excellent!! At least that’s what everyone tells me. I must admit, it’s good!!!! ✌️

      2. thetipsyhousewife

        November 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm

        That’s awesome! Thank you for your comment!

  • Laura

    November 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Great recipe. Love the addition of Kale. Something I have always done with my tuna sandwich (I was looking for a change when I found yours), is to add the juice of half a lemon for the amount of tuna you recommend. There is something about it that just brings out a whole fresh flavor. I add to spaghetti sauce also….lol. I couldn’t leave that out and it was beautiful. Your recipe is perfect. Thanks for giving me a change to one of my favorites.

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