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

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

ABSOLUTELY THE BEST TUNA SALAD EVER!!!!! A classic version, which I have searched for quite some time, really hit the mark. I didn't want anything exotic, just something similar to what you receive in restaurants. It has depth and is well-rounded....nothing is too overpowering. I only used a few shakes of parsley (and it was dried not fresh), and I only used two capfuls of lemon juice, so it may have been less than the recipie, but everything else was fresh and exact as the recipie. I would highly recommend this recipie!

miamiunv_2036617 August 01, 2011