Are you looking for a healthy snack option that will please the whole family? Or do you want to give a rather bland tuna salad recipe a new lease of life?

Fast food is becoming more and more accessible (not to mention tastier than ever before), and when you are feeling tired it is not easy to feel inspired to stand in the kitchen preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for the family.

If you are tired of spending what seems like way too much time in the kitchen, then you are in the right place as this tuna salad recipe is tasty, easy to make and has some real pazazz to it, it’s far from boring, that is for sure.

You may ask, but what makes this recipe so interesting? The secret is in the Dijon or whole-grain mustard, lemon juice, and the tasty sweet and sour tang of sweet pickle relish, that is what gives this simple tuna salad recipe a new and exciting twist that will keep hungry bellies at bay this snack time.

My favorite thing about this easy tuna salad recipe is that there is next to no clean-up involved. You can get it all prepared using just one salad bowl. So there are no endless piles of cups, spoons and chopping boards for you to wash up, leaving you plenty of time to get the dinner on.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it requires very few ingredients, I imagine you will already have most of them sat in your kitchen cupboards and if not, there is nothing so complicated that you won’t be able to find at your local corner shop.

You can even adapt this tuna salad recipe to make it healthier, taking out the mayonnaise for example if you are looking for a lighter option (swimsuit season is fast approaching)!

This tuna salad recipe can be easily adapted to turn it into a more filling lunchtime meal or something to accompany other picnic or party foods.

So whether you are preparing something for the family to enjoy after the school run or whether you need to contribute a snack to a dinner party, try your hand at this tuna salad recipe. When you have made it once, adapt the quantities of mustard, lemon juice and mayonnaise to really make it your own. It’s as easy as pie!

Recipe and Directions

The kids will be home in next to no time, hungry and ready for a snack that will tie them over until dinner. I get it, you don’t want them reaching for the snack draw every teatime. Poised and ready to give this brand new tuna salad recipe a shot?

The best thing about this recipe is that it will take as little as 15 minutes to prepare everything and of course, there is no cooking time. You can do it with your eyes shut!

The following is a list of all the ingredients you need to make this easy tuna salad recipe.

  • Two 6 ounce cans of white meat tuna packed in water, drained
  • 2 tbsp of diced celery
  • 2 tbsp of diced red onion (soak it in cold water for 5 minutes and then drain)
  • 1 tsp of parsley chopped fine
  • ⅓ cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard or whole-grain mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional additions for that great taste

  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tsp of sweet pickle relish

Not sure what to do first? Not to worry, the preparation for this snack is as easy as A,B,C, you will have it together in next to no time. Here are the instructions for you to make the best tuna salad in tuna salad history. Really.

  1. Take out a small mixing bowl, (use one that you will want to serve the salad in to save time on cleaning up) and scoop your drained tuna into it, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a fork.
  2. Add the celery, onion and parsley into the bowl and mix it all together in the bowl.
  3. Next add mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish and Dijon mustard or whole-grain mustard to the bowl and mix together again, making sure the mayonnaise is evenly spread over the salad.  
  4. Then season with your desired amount of salt and pepper and drizzle over lemon juice to taste.
  5. Serve and watch the hungry bellies come running to you! It’s a doddle!


If you are looking to turn this tuna salad snack into a filling lunch, try adding a vegetable or potato based soup as a side or even some stuffed mushrooms. Or maybe you are preparing this delicious salad as part of some nibbles at a party, why not accompany it with some cottage cheese slices, onion rings, olives or pickles, that will really bring out the flavor of your tuna salad masterpiece. Job done!