Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is great if you're looking for the perfect recipe for traditional tuna salad. I got it from one of my favorite Cook's Illustrated cookbooks. The texture is perfect and not watery, which is one of the things I've always hated about some tuna salad recipes. The lemon juice also gives it a nice fresh flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the tuna in a colander and drain well.
  2. Shred the tuna with your fingers, breaking up any clumps until it has a fine and even texture.
  3. Put the tuna in a medium bowl and mix in the lemon juice, celery, onion, pickles, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley until well blended.
  4. Fold in the mayonnaise and Dijon until mixture is evenly moistened.
  5. Salad can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Most Helpful

This was quite delicious! I had purchased chunk light tuna before I got home and found the recipe but I enjoyed it immensely! I was a bit concerned that I would not like the addition of lemon juice but it was fine. I also used sweet onion instead of red onion because I seldom have a red onion on hand. I recommend this recipe!

Sherry A. October 29, 2016

A usual recipe...but I am from the "olive oil" packed albacore tuna rather than water packed. The flavor of olive oil packed tuna is twice as flavorful.

Mr. Bill in TN July 20, 2016

This tuna salad is awesome! Very fresh tasting and just the kind of thing you would get at a restaurant. I reduced the lemon juice to 1 tablespoon and the salt to 1/4 teaspoon. I also used green onions for a milder flavor.

Delicious as it Looks March 10, 2015

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