Tuna salad sandwiches are one of the most popular sandwiches in the United States, so if you like to snack with sandwiches, this recipe will help you successfully diversify your menu.
Tuna and juicy crispy celery, slightly spicy onion, on a piece of warm toasted bread. Most often, tuna salad for this sandwich is simply seasoned with mayonnaise. You can also flavor it with white wine vinegar. It smoothes the intense taste of tuna, giving the dish a harmonious taste. A pinch of salt and sugar is also for a better balance of taste. If desired, you can sprinkle the sandwich with finely chopped parsley on top.
What you’ll need
- Canned tuna in juice or olive oil
- 1 jar of salted cucumbers
- 1.5 pcs of salad leek
- 0.5 medium onion
- 2-3 twigs of herbs
- Salt, pepper – To taste
- Mayonnaise – To taste
- Lettuce Leaves – 10 Pieces
- Bread – 20 Slices
The Best Canned Tuna for Tuna Salad
The answer here is quite simple. To make the best tuna salad you need high-quality tuna.
- Buy only fillets! In oil or its own juice. In extreme cases, fillet pieces. Even if you use tuna in a salad, avoid the “salad tuna”, which is essentially minced fish.
- Carefully read the list of ingredients! The right canned food should contain tuna, salt, vegetable oil or water. That’s it!
These are the brands that we can recommend to you:
- Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna.
- American Tuna.
- Safe Catch Elite Pure Wild Tuna.
- Ocean Naturals Skipjack Chunk Light Tuna in Water.
The Best Bread for Tuna Salad Sandwiches
This depends on your personal preferences. You can use rye, sourdough or pumpernickel bread. But we suggest using whole-grain bread to make the healthiest tuna salad sandwich.
What to serve with a tuna salad sandwich?
You are not limited in choosing what to serve with a tuna salad sandwich. We offer you such options as:
- Salads – greek, coleslaw
- Soups – tomato, minestrone
- Cheeses – cottage, mozzarella, swiss
- Potatoes – French fries, roasted potatoes, chips
- Veggies – carrots, cucumbers and peppers
- Fruits or berries
How to make it Healthy and Low-Carb
You can make your Tuna Salad Sandwich healthier and low-carb, you just need to:
- Instead of using mayo, you can use greek yogurt.
- Use low-carb veggies (leafy greens, broccoli, celery).
- Substitute bread with romaine lettuce.
The Paleo and Whole30 version
If you follow one of the diets: paleo, Whole30 or keto, then we advise you to replace mayonnaise with another one that is approved by Whole30. You can also make mayonnaise yourself or buy it at the nearest store.
How to Make a Tuna Melt Sandwich
Tuna melt – an ideal snack that can replace a full meal. Juicy from tomato, spicy from white onion and tender from cheddar – a perfect tuna sandwich. Tuna melt can be either open (on one piece of bread) or closed (when using two pieces of bread).
The salad is prepared in advance, and then we just put a spoonful or two of salad on bread, cover with a slice of cheese, fry in a toaster oven or in the oven (and if you are too lazy to turn on the oven, under the lid in a frying pan) – and here you have a hot breakfast or a warming lunch ready. Here, of course, a simple leafy salad, salted or pickled cucumber and fresh tomato will not hurt. This is what you need for winter days.
This is how you make Melt Tuna Sandwich:
- STEP 1
Wash the tomato and cut it into thin slices. Peel the onion and also cut it into very thin circles.
- STEP 2
Break two eggs into a bowl and beat a little with a fork.
- STEP 3
Then dip the toast in the eggs for 1 second and place on a baking sheet, previously covered with parchment. Do the same with the second toast.
- STEP 4
Place a piece of cheese on top of the toast. It is not necessary to use cheddar, you can take any hard cheese.
- STEP 5
Put the Tuna Salad on top of the cheese. Spread the tuna evenly over the surface of the toast.
- STEP 6
Place thin slices of white onion on top of the tuna.
- STEP 7
Place thin slices of tomatoes on top of the onion.
- STEP 8
Put another slice of cheese on the tomatoes.
- STEP 9
Cover everything with another piece of toast, which was dipped in egg mixture. Send a baking sheet with two melts to the oven, preheated to a temperature of 360 degrees, for 3-4 minutes, so that the cheese melts. Serve the melt hot!
How to Store
We suggest keeping the Tuna Salad in a refrigerator in an airtight container. This way you can keep it up to 5 days. When ready to eat, just let the salad to stay for 30-40 minutes in a room temperature and assemble!
Tuna Salad Sandwich
We offer a non-calorie yogurt-based dressing option, but you can use your favorite, or mayonnaise.
- Pour the crushed garlic with thick unsweetened yogurt or sourdough, add mustard, mix, add a little salt to taste.
- In order to get the right Tuna Salad for sandwiches, you need to drain the juice from canned tuna well.
- Chop onion and cucumber of medium size very finely.
- Chop some herbs.
- Combine tuna, onion, cucumber, herbs. Pour the mass with the prepared dressing and mix.
- If you are using regular bread make sure to dry the bread on both sides in a preheated frying pan or in the oven. This will help to avoid your sandwiches from getting soggy.
- Put the lettuce on the bread, spread the Tuna Salad, and cover with a second piece of bread on top, cut diagonally.
- Tuna sandwiches are ready!
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 402
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 20g31%
- Saturated Fat 4g20%
- Cholesterol 27mg9%
- Sodium 915mg39%
- Potassium 393mg12%
- Total Carbohydrate 21g8%
- Dietary Fiber 2g8%
- Sugars 5g
- Protein 33g66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.