Simple Tuna Salad

Elaine Bovender


My husband mostly likes plain food and that's just what this simple tuna salad recipe is. This is the way that my mom always made it for our family as long as I can remember. Most of these ingredients can be adjusted to your own personal tastes and as you can see the measurements are not precise, except for the tuna. We've always used chunk light tuna packed in oil, but you can use whatever you like best. You can also cut back on the amount of mayonnaise, if you prefer a drier tuna salad. This is a great recipe for the hot summer months and makes a wonderful lunch or dinner.


★★★★★ 1 vote

Makes a family-sized bowl
5 Min


  • 4 can(s)
    tuna (4 ounce size) packed in oil or water, your choice. you can use either chunk light or white albacore.
  • 6 large
    eggs, hard boiled
  • 3 or 4 Tbsp
    onion, minced (more if you like)
  • 3 or 4 Tbsp
    sweet pickle relish (more if you like)
  • 3/4 to 1 c
    mayonnaise or miracle whip (or you may combine them, using about 1/2 cup each)

How to Make Simple Tuna Salad


  1. Drain tuna well, squeezing out as much oil or water as possible. Put into a medium sized bowl, set aside.
  2. Finely chop onion, hard boiled eggs and add to tuna. Add pickle relish and mayonnaise and stir well.
  3. Transfer tuna salad to a plastic tub with a lid and place in refrigerator. Allow to cool thoroughly and serve on bread, with crackers or any way that you like.

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About Simple Tuna Salad

Course/Dish: Tuna Salads
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Southern

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