Classic Tuna Salad

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Velouria

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.

Top Review by Sherry A.

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!

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.

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