The Best Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich

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I asked on Facebook a few weeks ago the following question: “Tuna Fish Sandwich: Love it or Hate it?” I was so surprised how many of you LOVE it! I definitely hated it growing up, but have turned over a new leaf and now love the stuff. Love it on bread, love it by itself, love with with crackers. Just love it. And, it never gets old either! Lucky for me my two family members love it just as much as I do! Seriously lucked out on that one!

So, if you hate it, I apologize. {But you might want to consider trying my version just once to rule it out for sure! Just sayin’!}

If you love it, then enjoy! It’s tasty stuff!

Here’s how I made mine:

First things first- take a breath and open up some tuna. I promise this is the right thing to do.

Next comes a little chopping. I like a big crunch to tuna ratio, so I go a little overboard with the onions, celery and pickles. Pickles are VERY important. DO NOT forget the pickles. And they must be dill. Sweet pickles=gross. The end.

Next up? The MAYO. A few important pointers: miracle whip is NOT mayonnaise and is forbidden in this recipe. Low fat versions are also not permitted. Use the real, full fat, mighty tasty mayo. Trust the Lauren. And don’t worry. My recipe doesn’t really call for a lot. So relax….go to it! {Name that movie!}

Sprinkle in good ol’ S & P. They always like to come to my parties.

Now stir that baby up.

And take a minute to enjoy. And cry. And savor the moment that is beautiful tuna salad. We’re almost done!

Now take one of these beauties!

And give ‘er a slice. {*if you want to ever elevate a sandwich/get people to like it- make it on a croissant. AMAZING.}

Now, spoon on that yummy tuna. And lettuce if you like.

Take another minute to step back and enjoy the bliss.

Ok, add the tomatoes {and cucumbers if you like}….

AND finally some of these pretty little things. Mild pepper rings. My darn older sister got me hooked on these. I visited her a few months ago in Idaho and we had some hefty burgers with these little buggers on top. Holy delicious batman. So, now I add them to everything. They add a nice pop and vinegary zing. They are optional, but you really should put them on your sandwich because I said so.

Hello lover!

Now add the top and dig in. YUM.

Hope you like tuna! I’m definitely making this for lunch today!

Some other recipes you might like:
My FAVORITE Sandwich from Lauren’s Latest
Egg Salad Sandwiches from Lauren’s Latest
Parisian Tuna Sandwich from Perry’s Plate
Bacon Tuna Melt Panini from Panini Happy
Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches from Ingredients Inc.
Pepperoncini Beef Sandwiches from Our Best Bites

The Best Tuna Fish Sandwich

Who ever thinks tuna sandwiches are gross has clearly never tried this version! :)

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 min

Total Time: 20 min


2 - 7 oz. cans tuna packed in water, drained well
3 green onions, sliced {white and green parts}
1/4 cup chopped dill pickles
1 large celery stalk, chopped
1/3 cup real mayonnaise
salt & pepper, to taste
4 croissants

tomato slices
cucumber slices
mild pepper rings


In a large bowl, combine the tuna with the onions, pickles, celery, mayo, salt and pepper. Mix well. Scoop onto croissants and top with any desired toppings. Serve cold.


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49 Responses to “The Best Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich”

  1. #
    Tracy — October 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    WE are HUGE tuna salad fans in this house – our recipe is nearly similar. I never thought to use green onions. I’ll try that next time. (And, I do use reduced fat mayo, but that’s so I can eat more of it and not feel so bad….) :)


  2. #
    Bev Weidner — October 25, 2011 at 2:16 am

    i. am. going. to. freak. out. at. the. glory.


  3. #
    Lacey Wilcox — October 25, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Awesome. I now know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow. :)


  4. #
    Amy from Chicago — October 25, 2011 at 3:14 am

    “Holy delicious Batman” . . . . . . . hahahahahahahahahahahaha! I love the Lauren. <3


  5. #
    Jolene ( — October 25, 2011 at 3:31 am

    That seriously looks like the BEST tuna sandwich ever … and I am a HUGE tuna sandwich fan. I love that you use pickles and banana peppers. YUM. Also, my favourite line in this post:

    “Trust the Lauren.”

    Hehe, I like that. I trust you, and have just added croissants to our grocery list.


    • Lauren — October 25th, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

      Haha! Yay for Croissants!


  6. #
    DessertForTwo — October 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I’m such a fan! I agree-dill, not sweet pickles!


  7. #
    brandi — October 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    i haven’t had tuna salad on a croissant in forever! maybe it’s time :) this looks so good!


  8. #
    Marilyn Brennan — October 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I do trust the Lauren…..


  9. #
    Jessica — October 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This looks amazing!! Seriously, has a tuna sandwich ever looked so damn good? YUM!


  10. #
    Your loss! — October 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I LOVE sweet pickles with tunafish. You are really missing out.


    • Lauren — October 25th, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

      I would have to disagree.


  11. #
    Jessica — October 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I love tuna sammies. . .and I totally agree sweet pickles are gross, in tuna or deviled eggs.
    I love adding chopped boiled eggs to my tuna salad, I go a little light on the onion and celery though.


  12. #
    Katie — October 26, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I made this for my lunch tomorrow – totally delicious. My “recipe” before was just the tuna mixed with mayo and a little spicy brown mustard. The crunch in this was fantastic. My hubby had to make me put it in the fridge so I didn’t eat it all with a spoon!


  13. #
    Melanie — October 26, 2011 at 3:03 am

    What a beautiful sandwich! I love tuna salad sandwich on a croissant!


  14. #
    The Dinner Belle for — October 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Love it! Tuna sandwich is my go to. I like to use sweet gherkins and sometimes a peppadew for a little kick. If you can get your hands or mouth on a pretzel croissant-it makes the best tuna sandwich with a little salt from the pretzel half of the baked deliciousness.

    The Dinner Belle for


  15. #
    Juls — November 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I made this last night and yummazing!! Thank you for sharing. I am also now addicted to pepper rings. MMMmmmm…


  16. #
    Aspirateur Industriel — November 16, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Sounds delicious recipe! Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich is my favorite meal. Your recipe some ingredients are different. I will try to make it in your method.


  17. #
    sherry — January 24, 2012 at 3:26 am

    add a boiled egg and that the same tuna salad I grew up on…….love it!!!! Hey and I’m 61….LOL


  18. #
    Georgia — May 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    That tuna salad mix looks mighty tasty, I’ll have to try it next time I have tuna for lunch (read: tomorrow)

    Never heard of using a croissant as a sandwich base before! Is that an American thing or is this just one ignorant Brit? 😀 I bow to your wisdom of course, but I can’t help thinking the croissant would taste weirdly sweet with the tuna? Enlighten me! 😀


  19. #
    Jackie Self — May 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I do almost the same thing except I add chow chow instead of chopped pickles. Also the type of tuna you use is important. At Whole Foods they have their own brand of skip jack tuna which is suppose to be smaller fish and not so much if any mercury in them. Also imported italian tuna is great. After you taste them, you won’t go back to the popular brands, the taste is that much better.


  20. #
    Alyssa — August 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Love your page! Great recipes, and this one is spot-on for tuna lovers! c:


  21. #
    Stephanie — January 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! It is so good. My family loved it too :)


  22. #
    Susan — January 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

    You are the bomb diggity girl! Anyone that is not afraid to speak out against salad dressing is ok in my book but you took it a step further when you added not to use low fat mayo!! LOL Real Mayo is King!! If I eat a healthy sandwich I feel like I deserve some real mayo and how much to we really put on a bun, I mean really? Live a little people, slap some real mayo on it and enjoy! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Susan


  23. #
    Art — February 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Glad I stumbled across your blog. Well-done pics, and I like your writing.
    In unrelated news, Miracle Whip rocks.


    • Christa — March 9th, 2014 @ 5:06 am

      MW Rocks the GARBAGE!!!! THAT MESS IS THE WORST!!!!!


  24. #
    Dale Bronski Cooper — June 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    The sweet pickles work great if you also put in some mustard. Salsa is really good too.


  25. #
    Dale Bronski Cooper — June 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    My recipe is: Can a tuna, 2 tbsp mayo, 2 tbsp mustard, tbsp salsa and generous helping of sweet dill rounds on toast. Super quick and delicious!


  26. #
    beth — September 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks!! I will be eating this in a few seconds. I love me some tuna sandwiches :)


  27. #
    David E. — March 27, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Since I became a bachelor 15 years ago, I have been trying various recipes for different foods. Some turn out pretty good, but the tuna sandwich recipes seem to be greatly overloaded with ingredients. Some of the stuff in these recipes I haven’t heard of or imagined to be in a tuna sandwich.

    Thank for your recipe for The Best Tuna Fish Sandwich. It has just the right amount of ingredients, and a new one for me, in the optional listing, mild pepper rings. I will have to give buy some of these this one a try in the next batch of tune sandwich mixing.

    As a bachelor, I don’t live on Hot Pockets, frozen pizza, and sandwiches, and try to vary what I eat to keep from getting bored, so the recipes in your “Some other recipes you might like” listing sound pretty inviting, so I will keep them on my list of new things to try.

    Thanks again for making food preparations more interesting.
    David E.


  28. #
    kcruzn2 — May 5, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I have been putting chopped up “Dill” Pickles, chopped onions and celery salt in my tuna since I was 13 years old. I never realized it was an unusual thing to do :)


  29. #
    art b — June 6, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Nothing like taking something that is reasonable good for you (Tuna) and turning into a “heart attack on a plate”.


  30. #
    Mary — June 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Oh my goodness!! What a delicious tuna sandwiche. I made this today for lunch, yummy!
    Lauren, thanks for the recipe. Beautiful blog by the way.


  31. #
    hermes88 — August 6, 2014 at 4:52 am

    thank you for great recipes~


  32. #
    Michelle — August 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I love this recipe because it has so many different ingredients and textures so that it’s not just gooey tuna. I used cucumber instead of celery and put tiny bit of mustard in it. Soooooo good!


  33. #
    Amy — September 9, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Let me make a suggestion – add a diced hard-boiled egg … you won’t be disappointed!


  34. #
    Riley — March 11, 2015 at 5:49 am

    This looks amazing! I always add chopped up hard boiled eggs to mine, too. It’s delicious :)


  35. #
    Cindy — April 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Ever since I tried your Tuna Pasta Salad with Peas and Dill, (I make it all the time now) I add a little lemon juice and dill weed to my regular tuna salad and it really kicks it up a notch. Anything on a croissant really makes it special.


  36. #
    Donna Anell — April 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Sweet pickle relish in my house and gotta put in hard boiled egg!


  37. #
    Joshua Kieffer — April 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

    So has anyone named that movie? From the quote in your recipe:)


  38. #
    Willie — April 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

    .. Hard boiled egg, chopped green pepper… And all the above is such a winning combo!


  39. #
    Joyce — May 6, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Hi Lauren!!

    Thank you for the recipe of “best tuna salad recipe” I am going to hand out to my tuna customers at Columbia City Farmers Market and see what they say.
    We sell albacore that is “troll” caught sustainable, low mercury, high fat and canned in Bellingham in BPA free cans.
    We will try this and let you know. Joyce



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