As a kid, we ate a lot of tuna our house. Like if we ever said, “Hey, I’m hungry!” the automatic response was, “We have tuna and crackers in the cupboard.” Mayo optional. Suffice it to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of tuna sandwiches growing up.

When I was in college and worked in a sandwich shop, I discovered that tuna sandwiches don’t have to be disgusting! Even better is its versatility–I got this recipe from Allrecipes and it has become a favorite for everything from lunch at home, all by myself (oh, if I could only be so lucky!) to wedding luncheons. It’s delicious on whole wheat bread, a croissant, or in a pita with a leaf of lettuce or you could serve it on top of spinach or mixed greens or roll it in a leaf of lettuce. Serve with a bowl of vegetable soup and you’ve got an easy weeknight dinner!

Grown-Up Tuna Salad
Recipe by Our Best Bites

1 6-oz. can white or light chunk (or solid) tuna (I ONLY like StarKist, but maybe I’m a tuna freak)
1 stalk celery, minced
1/2 small tart apple, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/3 c. light mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. honey mustard (Dijon if you’re South Beaching it)
1/4 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. pickle relish (I prefer dill…what can I say?)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 c. sliced almonds, toasted

In a bowl, combine tuna, celery, apple, and onions. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, honey mustard, curry powder, relish, and salt and pepper.

Pour over tuna mixture and toss to combine.

Before serving, add toasted almonds. Serve on bread or over greens for a salad. Serves 4.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 140
Fat: 10
Fiber: 2
WW Points: 3
South Beach: Phase 2 (if you replace honey mustard with Dijon)
So who likes tuna? Who hates it? Any tuna haters who are going to give this a shot?



  1. I eat a lot of tuna, just like my sister. Ok that’s a lie- Sara won’t touch the stuff with a ten foot pole. But I really do like tuna and I am always looking for ways to make it more exciting. I have never added mustard or curry to it, and definitely not apples. I am excited to give it a try!

  2. I love apples and curry in tuna salad! I also really enjoy putting dried cranberries, and sometimes red grapes that have been halfed – but never cranberries and grapes together. The cranberries go great with the apples though!

  3. Becca’s right- I don’t do tuna because it lives in the sea and I’m weird like that. But I have to say that this actually sound good! I’ve never seen tuna salad like that and I’m thinking it would be really good with chicken too, so I might try that and come back to report!

  4. I always like the idea of tuna but usually end up having one bite and that’s all I can handle. I’m pretty sure it has to do with a bad pregnancy experience!

  5. Apples huh? I am going to have to try this… I love tuna! I might even be able to convince my husband to eat it! I’ll let you know how that goes!

  6. I’m with Sara – if it lives in the sea, don’t bring it near me! However, this looks so tasty I might just try it with chicken!!

  7. I’ve had something just like this except with chicken, which I like much better (sorry, but not a fan of tuna). I think you could probably even use canned chicken.

  8. I love Tuna. I go all out even though I only ever make it for myself. The ingredients always vary, but there always HAS to be relish. I can’t eat Tuna without relish. Mmm, and banana peppers. I’m going to try it like this next time. Thanks!

  9. Om nom nom! You’re making me hungry!! I love tuna, any way you serve it..

    My grandma used to make some super-doctored up tuna, with apples, hb eggs, nuts, celery. I asked her once why she did it that way – growing up on a farm, apples and eggs were cheap, canned tuna wasn’t!

  10. My hubby turns his nose up at tuna. But I made this today and he gave it a try. “Not bad!” was the response. Personally, I LOVED it!

  11. My friend Christina (above) was talking about this recipe on Tuesday at our playdate. It’s been on my mind ever since. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  12. I just tried this recipe for lunch and it was DELICIOUS!! I love recipes like this because they are cheap (my favorite), quick, and you can change alot of things in it to your liking. Also, if you have leftover chicken you could cut it up and put it in instead of the tuna and if you don’t have apples you can easily switch it out for grapes.

    Thanks for this recipe, I will definitely be making it often!


  13. alright…i don’t like tuna…BUT i love the chicken tuna stuff (thats what i call it) so i am going to try this with the canned chicken. it looks delish! :o) plus a little less mayo and more mustard! hehe.

  14. sooo…i tried it with chicken and have been having it for the past few days! i love it! it’s my new favorite lunch meal! i like it on a pita :o)

  15. I just found your website last week and this was my first recipe to try. I wanted to make something easy for lunch and this fit the bill. Oh my word!! The best tuna salad I’ve ever had. Loved it! Can’t wait to try more of your great recipes!

  16. When I was a little girl, my mom put diced apple in our tuna sandwiches. All my friends and family since then think it's nuts. Thank you for validating that it is not that weird after all! For some reason, diced apple and celery taste so good in tuna sandwiches. Can't wait to try it! Love your blog!

  17. Just made this recipe. Pretty tasty!
    I accidentally added 1 Tablespoon honey before I realized it said “honey mustard”. Whoops!
    I added 1 Tablespoon of dijon mustard to counteract the straight honey.
    Tastes great and I’m not a true tuna lover. Will definitely try this recipe again and again.
    Thank you for sharing.

  18. I love tuna salad especially on toasted bread. Curry and mustard? Interesting. I’m not a fan of either ingredient but definitely willing to give it a try. The best tuna in my opinion is Kirkland Albacore (Costco brand). It’s a little more than your other tuna cans but so so worth it! Thanks for the tuna recipe Kate!?

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