Tuna Sandwiches w/ Dried Cranberries & Orange Zest

Tuna Sandwiches W/ Dried Cranberries & Orange Zest Recipe

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I make variations of this recipe depending on the occasion and what I have on hand. Sometimes I add onion (shallot, scallions, red) and sometimes not. The base recipe however always contains dried cranberries, mayo and the orange zest. Sometimes I add a little bit of fresh herbs (parsley, sage, basil or rosemary). After Thanksgiving I switch to turkey to use up those leftovers. Leftover roasted chicken will work equally as well.

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Yield about 3 sandwiches
5 Min
No-Cook or Other


1 can(s)
tuna in olive oil, not drained
3 Tbsp
mayonnaise, or to desired creaminess
2 Tbsp
dried cranberries, cut up into smaller pieces if desired
1/2 tsp
orange zest, finely grated
2-3 Tbsp
celery and leaves, finely minced
1 Tbsp
fresh herb of choice, finely minced (amount will vary depending on the herb)
1/2 Tbsp
dijon mustard or creamy horseradish (start with a small amount then add more if you want)
salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 Tbsp
seeds or nuts (sunflower, almonds, flax, hazelnuts, pistachios, etc.)
6 slice
bread (we like "egg-y" bread such as texas toast, brioche or challah)
lettuce such as mixed greens, baby spinach, arugula (optional)

How to Make Tuna Sandwiches w/ Dried Cranberries & Orange Zest


  • 1Stir the tuna mixture together in a prep bowl. *Do not* add the nuts/seeds to the mixture until just before serving. Chill until ready to eat.
  • 2If desired, toast the bread. Add the lettuce if you opted for it. Divide and spread the tuna mixture onto the bread. Cut in half or quarters and serve.

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About Tuna Sandwiches w/ Dried Cranberries & Orange Zest

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy