Tuna Salad Sandwich

Tuna Salad Sandwich

This tuna salad sandwich is so good and easy to make, it will make its way into your lunch and busy weekday dinner rotation.

Tuna salad topped with shredded lettuce on a croissant with sliced apples and celery sticks on the side. The sandwich is served on a blue plate.

 

The secret here is a light, yet creamy tuna salad that takes just a little bit of prep work to make it special. It’s definitely worth the extra work because it turns plain, boring tuna into a delicious tuna salad. To make it extra special the tuna salad is served on a croissant with lettuce and thinly sliced apples.

 

Easy lunches that can be made the night before take the stress out of meal prep. This tuna salad is great to make ahead of time. Just don’t build the sandwich until ready to enjoy so the bread doesn’t get soggy. This garden pasta salad, Italian pasta salad, artichoke salad, chef salad and tortellini Italian salad are all fantastic make-ahead lunches.

 

Ingredients

  • 12 – 12½ ounces White Albacore Tuna in Water, drain if in a can – do not drain if in a pouch
  • 2 tablespoons Finely Diced White Onion – about half of a very small onion
  • 2 tablespoons Finely Diced Celery – about half of a celery rib, plus extra to serve on the side, if desired
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese, softened – leave it at room temperature while you prep the rest of the ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 4 Croissants, for serving
  • 1 – 1½ cup Shredded Lettuce, for serving
  • 2 Apples, cored and sliced thin, for serving

The ingredients for the tuna salad displayed on a wood cutting board.

 

Prep Work

If you’re using pouch tuna there is no need to drain it. If you’re using canned tuna, drain it but don’t leave it bone-dry. We’re not using a ton of mayonnaise in this recipe so we want the tuna to retain a little bit of moisture.

 

The secret to super creamy tuna salad is to break up the pieces of tuna really well. Stir the tuna with a fork, pressing down and breaking up any chunks. Continue this process until the tuna is completely separated.

 

Dice the onions and the celery as finely as possible. The trick is, to have a subtle flavor and just a little bit of crunch. Any large pieces of celery or onion will take over the tuna. The smaller the pieces, the more they will take a background role.

Finely diced celery and onions separated in two small, clear bowls on a wood cutting board.

 

That’s it for the prep work!

 

Make the tuna salad

Add the tuna to a large bowl. Make sure the bowl is large enough so you can really get in there and stir without spilling. Next, add the onion, celery, cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and black pepper to the tuna.

Tuna, mayonnaise, mustard, cream cheese, celery and onions in a large glass bowl before being stirred.

 

Stir well until all of the ingredients are combined.  Taste the tuna salad and add salt, if needed. As a reference, we added a pinch of salt to ours.

The tuna salad after being stirred with a fork in a large clear bowl.

 

Cover the bowl and refrigerate until the tuna salad is chilled.

 

Build the sandwiches

Add about ¼ of the tuna salad to a croissant. Top with shredded lettuce and serve with the apple slices in the sandwich or on the side. Top the croissant, serve and enjoy!

 

Cook’s notes

Apples turn brown very quickly, so don’t slice them until you’re ready to build the sandwiches. If you need to slice them ahead of time, add just a little bit of lemon-lime soda (like Sprite or 7-UP) to a bowl then toss the apples in the soda. If you don’t have lemon-lime soda, a little bit of lemon or lime juice, will also do the trick.

A close up image of the tuna salad served on a croissant topped with shredded lettuce with sliced apples and celery sticks on the side.

 

You may also like these recipes:

 

Tuna salad topped with shredded lettuce on a croissant with sliced apples and celery sticks on the side. The sandwich is served on a blue plate.
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Tuna Salad Sandwich

This tuna salad sandwich is so good and easy to make, it will make its way into your lunch and busy weekday dinner rotation.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tuna salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 12–12½ ounces White Albacore Tuna in Water drain if in a can – do not drain if in a pouch
  • 2 tablespoons Finely Diced White Onion about half of a very small onion
  • 2 tablespoons Finely Diced Celery about half of a celery rib, plus extra to serve on the side if desired
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 4 Croissants for serving
  • 1–1½ cup Shredded Lettuce for serving
  • 2 Apples cored and sliced thin, for serving

Instructions

  • If you’re using pouch tuna there is no need to drain it. If you’re using canned tuna, drain it but don’t leave it bone-dry.
  • Stir the tuna with a fork, pressing down and breaking up any chunks.
  • Dice the onions and the celery as finely as possible.
  • Add the tuna, onion, celery, cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and black pepper to a large bowl. Stir the ingredients well until combined.
  • Taste the tuna salad and add salt, if needed. As a reference, we added a pinch of salt to ours.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate until the tuna salad is chilled.

Build the sandwiches

  • Add about ¼ of the tuna salad to a croissant. Top with shredded lettuce and serve with the apple slices in the sandwich or on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 868mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1738IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.