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Tuna Salad For One

This is the best tuna salad recipe! It's made with just 1 can of tuna and a few simple ingredients. Enjoy as a sandwich, a wrap or with salad greens.

a tuna salad on a tortilla next to a half of an avocado.

A classic tuna salad never disappoints. As a kid, my mom often sent me off to school with a tuna sandwich wrapped up in my little lunchbox. As as adult, I love to enjoy a big scoop of tuna salad in a lettuce wrap or with crackers.

Why This Recipe Works

  • First of all, it's easy to make. Just a few ingredients and 1 can of tuna are all you need.
  • This simple tuna salad recipe is my favorite way to make tuna salad. You can easily add in chopped red onions, a spoonful of relish, or just about any other ingredient you may like. If you keep it simple, as the recipe is written here, you'll love it too.
a blue bowl filled with tuna salad next to two croissants on a silver tray.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

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  • Tuna: Just 1 can of tuna is all you need to make this easy tuna salad.
  • Celery: I love the crunch that celery provides. Feel free to leave it out if you prefer.
  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this tuna salad recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.
  • Seasonings: I use salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Mayonnaise: You may use greek yogurt instead.

Add-Ins

Although I prefer a simple tuna salad recipe, there are times when I'd like to spend a few more minutes and add in other delicious ingredients like:

  • chopped onions
  • chopped cucumbers
  • chopped fresh dill
  • chopped parsley
  • dijon mustard
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • pickle relish

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Open the can of tuna and drain out the water: After opening the can with a can opener, hold the can over a sink and leaving the lid in place, gently press down and tilt the can so that the water from the can of tuna drains out. Remove the lid and transfer the tuna into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients: Use a spoon or a fork to stir the ingredients together, breaking up any large chunks of tuna fish as you go. Taste the tuna and add additional mayonnaise or salt if needed.

Expert Tips

  • If you would like to make tuna salad healthier, consider using low-fat mayo, plain yogurt, or hummus instead of mayonnaise.
  • Make sure you drain the canned tuna by taking the lid off and press it down on the fish, then turn the can over and squeeze any excess water or oil.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is This A Keto Tuna Salad Recipe?

Yes, if prepared with the ingredients listed in this recipe, tuna salad is keto-friendly. Be sure to use "real" mayonnaise with no added sugar and 100% garlic powder without any added ingredients.

How Do You Store Tuna Salad?

This recipe yields a good amount for one sandwich but if you'd like to make more, just double or triple the ingredients.
Tuna salad will keep well when covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

How Do You Serve Tuna Salad?

* As a sandwich.
* Make a Tuna Melt (see recipe below)
* Spoon it into tortillas and make a wrap (be sure to use our easy homemade tortilla recipe).
* Use lettuce leaves to make a tuna lettuce wrap or add tuna salad to a bowl of salad greens.
* Stuff it into avocado halves.
* Enjoy it as a dip and serve with crackers or chips.

Variations

  • Use greek or plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise for a lighter salad.
  • Use canned salmon or canned chicken in place of tuna.
  • Add diced apples, raisins or other dried fruit.
  • Add cooked pasta to make a tuna pasta salad.
  • Chop a hard-boiled egg and add it to the salad for an extra boost of protein.
  • Add sliced kalamata olives, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese to make a Mediterranean tuna salad.
  • Leave all of the ingredients out except for tuna and mayo - a simple, yet excellent version.

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tuna salad on a croissant sliced in half on a white plate.

How To Make A Tuna Melt

One of my favorite ways to use tuna salad is in a tuna melt. A tuna melt is simply a grilled cheese with tuna and is so incredibly delicious!

  • Heat a medium sized skillet over medium high heat. Butter one side of two slices of bread.
  • Place the buttered side of one of the slices of bread in the skillet.
  • Layer the sandwich: Start out by placing a slice of cheese on top of the bread, I prefer using American or Cheddar.
    • Next, add a big scoop of the tuna salad and place another slice of cheese on top.
    • Finally, top with the second piece of bread.
  • Cook the sandwich on one side until the bottom bread has browned, then using a spatula, flip the sandwich over so that the other side browns and the cheese melts.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this tuna salad recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving recipes:

Other Quick and Easy Salad Recipes

You might like to try these single serving deli salad recipes:

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Tuna Salad For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Main/Salad
Cuisine: American
Keywords: salad, tuna, tuna salad
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 5-ounce can water-packed tuna fish , drained
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 stalk celery , diced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon pickle relish (optional)

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, break up the tuna with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, celery, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and relish if using and stir to combine.
  • Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately or cover and chill until serving.

Notes

Add-Ins
Although I prefer a simple tuna salad recipe, there are times when I'd like to spend a few more minutes and add in other delicious ingredients like:
  • chopped red onions
  • chopped cucumbers
  • chopped fresh dill
  • chopped parsley
  • dijon mustard
  • grated parmesan cheese  
    Expert Tips
    • If you would like to make tuna salad healthier, consider using low-fat mayo, plain yogurt, or hummus instead of mayonnaise.
    • Make sure you drain the canned tuna by taking the lid off and press it down on the fish, then turn the can over and squeeze any excess water or oil.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1062mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 thoughts on “Tuna Salad For One”

  1. This is similar to my standby tuna recipe but if I am having the girls by, I love to add chopped Gala apple and pecans (any sweeter apple is ok). So wonderful and the savory with the sweet is a hit every time. I always buy chunk tuna in water and add my own olive oil so I can control the type and amount of oil. Chunk has so much more flavor than albacore, etc. great protein and a quick yummy meal.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow! This is amazing! I had two cans of tuna, so I played around with it this evening.
    One version per the recipe (divine and crunchy)
    Second one: greek yogurt, tsp of dijon mustard, added sliced almonds, minced sweet pickle, and THEN
    I made the tuna melt on rye!
    I LOVE THIS RECIPE! I had forgotten how good tuna is on crackers as well. Thanks for posting and for all the suggestions for options! I’m pleasantly overstuffed…in a healthy way, of course!

  3. 5 stars
    I actually just made tuna salad very similar to this earlier this week. I put everything listed in this recipe along with some chopped apple. I always put some apple in my tuna because it takes away any fishy taste that the tuna might have.

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