Tuna Salad Recipe

This Tuna Salad Recipe is a winner! It is loaded with creamy avocado, crisp green apples and crunchy almonds. The combination of flavors and textures makes this completely irresistible!

Tuna Salad Recipe in a Bowl with crackers for tuna salad spread

This tuna salad is crisp and has some surprising ingredients that will make you say, “Mmmm!” There’s some serious chemistry going on in this salad. The apple somehow cancels out the onion so even those who don’t love onion will be won over with this tuna salad. Also, there’s avocado in it, which has a way of making everything extra creamy and wonderful.

This is hands down the best tuna salad I’ve tried. Fresh, loaded, and delicious; in an “I can’t stop eating it” kind of way.

My sister Anna came up with this recipe then called to tell me how good it was. So I drove over and had ma’self a taste. Ok, maybe I ate an entire bowl. I couldn’t resist sharing this recipe with y’all.

Ingredients for Tuna Salad Recipe:

With the addition of apple, fresh lemon juice and avocado – tuna salad never tasted so fresh!

Simple Ingredients for the best tuna salad with avocado and apple

How to Make Tuna Salad:

1. Toast ‘yer nuts on a dry skillet. Remover ‘yer nuts and let them cool slightly. ‘Yer nuts… ha ha…. sorry.

2. Drain ‘yer tuna. I open the lid then press it down firmly over the tuna to drain off as much water as my gigantic muscles (not) can squeeze out. If your tuna is too wet, your salad will be wet = no.

3. Combine all ‘dem ingredients in a large mixing bowl and add a pinch ‘o ‘da black peppa and 1/2 tsp lemon juice, or to taste.

How to Make Tuna Salad with Tuna Salad Ingredients in a bowl for classic tuna salad

How to Serve Tuna Salad:

Serve between soft sliced bread as a tuna salad sandwich, with crackers as a dip, or make tuna melts: spread on 1 slice of fresh bread, top with mozzarella or cheddar cheese and broil until cheese is melted.

Mixed tuna salad ready for serving and how to serve tuna salad

YUM!! Is your mouth watering yet?

Cracker dipped into tuna salad, tuna salad serving ideas

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Tuna Salad Recipe

4.9 from 19 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
There's some serious chemistry going on in this salad with the addition of apple and avocado. Serve as sandwiches, as a dip, or make tuna melts.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Calories: 360 kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 20 oz tuna in water (four, 5-oz cans), well drained.
  • 1 medium onion 1 1/3 cup finely diced
  • 1 medium granny smith apple seeded and diced
  • 1 avocado diced (removing the skin and seed is implied)
  • 1 cup real mayo or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice or to taste
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped walnuts toasted
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper or to taste

Instructions

  1. Toast nuts on a dry skillet until golden. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  2. To drain tuna, I open the lid then press it down firmly over the tuna to drain off as much water as I can squeeze out. If your tuna is too wet, your salad will be wet.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and add a pinch of black pepper and 1/2 tsp lemon juice, or to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Potassium 361mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 2.2%
Vitamin C 5.7%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

I hope you give this a try and let me know how much you loved it. It’s addictive stuff!

Q: How do you make YOUR tuna salad?

SO GOOD! This Tuna Salad is easy and healthy. The surprising secret ingredient in this tuna salad makes it so addictive. Try this as cheesy tuna melts!

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • VICTORIA
    August 1, 2018

    Natasha, ” Dis” is some great tuna! I love this Tuna Salad Recipe! It is delicious and the toasted almonds add a great depth of flavor.
    Thanks and keep the recipes coming. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2018

      Thanks Victoria! We plan on it! Another great one coming this Friday! Reply

  • Lee Thayer
    May 4, 2018

    I feel so bad leaving this comment, I had to miss two ingredients, nuts since my wife cannot have them due to medical reasons, and the avocado was not in the cards this time. Taste test however, outstanding, the apple and the lime/lemon juice is key here, the juice needed to prevent the apple from discoloring but provides excellent flavor. I used a brown onion this time, next time I will use a red onion. Overall impression, another recipe that is worthy of 10 stars. Thank you, Natasha, even though I had to omit some items, for a excellent recipe. Next review will be with fresh cooked tuna and red onion. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2018

      You’re welcome Lee! I’m glad to hear the recipe was a success. Thanks for sharing your helpful review! Reply

  • Lee Thayer
    April 28, 2018

    I am looking forward to making this, minus the nuts, and I will try the tuna first using fresh cooked tuna, and the chicken variant that some of the viewers have suggested, will comment on these shortly, thank you Natasha for another great recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 28, 2018

      You’re welcome Lee, please do let me know what you think! Reply

  • Otilia
    April 10, 2018

    Can I use red onion instead of a regular one? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 10, 2018

      Hi Otilia, yes that would work great! Reply

  • Brandi
    April 4, 2018

    I had no idea tuna could taste so good! This recipe is brilliant. So simple yet super fresh & delicious! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2018

      I’m glad you love the recipe as much as I do Brandi! Thanks for sharing your outstanding review! Reply

  • Ray
    March 21, 2018

    Thank you Natasha for these wonderful healthy recipes, I have a nice collection that i can turn to if i am wondering what to have for our next meal. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 21, 2018

      My pleasure Ray! I’m glad to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following! Reply

  • Tania
    March 2, 2018

    This recipe is GENIUS! I was skeptical at first because it didn’t seem to pack much of a flavor punch- but it’s so deliciously refreshing that you don’t need to add anything else, not even salt! This recipe will become one of my go-to’s for the summer. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 2, 2018

      Awesome! I’m glad to hear you enjoy the recipe as much as I do! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Tania! Reply

  • Beth
    June 19, 2017

    This was excellent! I made it for dinner tonight as in needed something quick and cool (temps are in the upper 80s here now). Even my 2yo ate some. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 19, 2017

      You’re welcome Beth! I’m glad to hear the whole family enjoys the recipe! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • May Chin Lim
    April 23, 2017

    If I can’t finish it on that day, how long can I keep it in the fridge? Reply

    • Beth
      June 19, 2017

      Salt? Cucumbers? Did I miss something? Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        June 20, 2017

        Oh dear, I was completely thinking of my other tuna salad!! I updated my reply so it makes way more sense! 😉 Thanks Beth! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 20, 2017

      Hi May, I love it most the day it is made because the apples are freshest on day 1, but it will still be good on day 2 with refrigeration. Reply

  • Kim
    March 16, 2017

    I’m writing this comment while eating the salad. It’s truly delish. I’m keep saying “mm..mm” with a full mouth of salad😉. Your recipes are always the best !❤ Thank you Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 17, 2017

      My pleasure Kim! I’m happy to hear you enjoy my recipes! Thanks for the wonderful compliment 😀 Reply

  • Kristina
    March 9, 2017

    I would put this amazing recipe under Main Course ’cause its good enough to eat as a meal! Thank you Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2017

      LOL! You’re welcome. I’m so happy to hear how much you love it Kristina! 😀 Reply

  • SCV
    February 26, 2017

    Hi Natasha,I have made this a few times now,and it’s always hit. 🙂 I have also substituted the tuna,and used chicken, which the kids like better. Thanks for a great salad recipe. 🙂 I will bookmark your site and keep looking for some yummy recipes to try. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2017

      That’s a great alternative! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review 😀 Reply

  • William k
    January 30, 2017

    Great recipe,,I used chicken breast I had and needed to use,,everything else I used stated in the recipe and no add ins…came out great …thxs..Wife enjoyed.. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2017

      You’re welcome William! I’m glad to hear you both enjoy it! Adding chicken sounds delicious 🙂 Reply

  • Lynn
    January 21, 2017

    Like some others we become stagnate in making tuna. How refreshing the re ipe you posted. Excellent! Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2017

      You’re welcome Lynn! 🙂 Reply

  • Katrina
    November 24, 2016

    Hi Natasha,
    Just wondering if you edited the recipe? I swear I made it before but with cumin or curry powder added to it? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 24, 2016

      Hi Katrina, I haven’t changed anything about the recipe and I also haven’t tested those add-ins so maybe you were experimenting with them? I’m not sure, but I definitely have not changed the recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Suzette
    August 6, 2016

    Hi Natasha! Thanks for the recipe. I have my daughter and her friend visiting with me and this morning the stars aligned!! I was looking for a different way to do tuna spread and stumbled upon your recipe and i happened to have all the ingredients needed. They loved it!!! I did what you suggested and brolied for 2 minutes with cheese. They both asked for more. Haha! This is a keeper for me. Thanks, natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 7, 2016

      That’s so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m glad you all enjoyed it. Reply

  • Stina
    July 23, 2016

    The best tuna salad of all time! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 24, 2016

      Thank you for the great review! 🙂 Reply

  • Bob H
    July 5, 2016

    How long does this keep? Does the avocado turn brown at some me point or does the lemon keep it fresh. Thanks very much, can’t wait to make this Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 5, 2016

      We’ve always finished it up by day 2 but it does keep overnight in the fridge and the lemon juice does help to keep it fresh. Reply

  • June 23, 2016

    My family is addicted to this tuna salad! We are from the deep South where tuna salad always consists of mayo, relish and boiled eggs. We had been eating it that way for so long and we all felt like we needed a change…this recipe did not disappoint! I send it through Pinterest to friends all the time now! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 23, 2016

      Thank you for that wonderful review! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂 P.S. Thank you so much for sharing it with your friends on Pinterest – I sure appreciate that! Reply

  • Pat
    June 18, 2016

    I’m anxious to try this recipe but the ingredients are vague. 4 cans tuna, but how many ounces per can? It helps SO much to state the size of the ingredient, like 14 oz can, etc. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2016

      Hi Pat, sorry I totally missed that each can is 5 oz. I hope the picture of the tuna cans helped to figure it out if you needed the answer sooner, but I did update the recipe to clarify. Thanks for asking! 🙂 Reply

  • Karen
    June 9, 2016

    I just tried it today! Omg! Really the best tuna salad I ever had! Thanks so much for the recipe! 👍🏼😄 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 9, 2016

      I’m so happy you loved it! You’re very welcome 🙂 Reply

  • Paul K.
    June 7, 2016

    Great recipe. Added a Thai pepper and a little ginger for kick. Love the apple and avocado. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 8, 2016

      Mmm I love your add-in ideas! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Janet Marzan
    June 2, 2016

    Hi Natasha, you’re right, this is one of the best tuna salad recipes I’ve ever had – my boyfriend’s recipe is now a close 2nd! 🙂 I made this today for lunch, so here’s how I improvised slightly coz this is what I had in my fridge/freezer: to the tuna-avocado mixture, I used toasted walnuts instead, lime juice, added cucumber, Empire apples, mixed the mayo with French’s mustard with horseradish, s&p and topped it all onto a fresh croissant; but for your other readers, just TRY the tuna melts – they don’t disappoint! Also, I can get ‘no drain’ cans of solid white tuna by Goldseal up here, not even a half tsp of water squeezed out. Thanks for a tasty and healthy lunch! Janet Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 2, 2016

      Thank you for the fantastic review! 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    May 28, 2016

    Just made this…so delicious!
    Thank you for the recipe 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 28, 2016

      Hi Oksana, you’re very welcome :). I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • May 18, 2016

    This tuna salad ROCKED my world! So yummy on toasted Gluten Free whole-grain bread. Best homemade tuna salad I’ve ever made, thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 18, 2016

      I happen to be at my sisters house and I read that comment to her. She loved hearing it since that was her recipe. Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Natalia Elam
    March 2, 2016

    Mmm… this sounds amazing! 🙂 I’m excited to try this version. My family and I also make it even healthier by eating tuna salad as lettuce wraps – we buy the hearts of romaine from Costco and use them as lettuce bowls for lettuce tacos. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2016

      Oh my goodness that sounds amazing as lettuce wraps! Thanks for the great idea! Reply

  • Masha L
    February 17, 2016

    I made this and it was good cold. I tried toasting it on bread with cheese and I didn’t like that at all. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 17, 2016

      Hi Masha, I’m glad you liked it cold. What kind of cheese did you use when toasting? Reply

    • Nelya
      March 8, 2016

      I like tuna salad better than melts too. 🙂 didn’t try this particular recipe hot though Reply

  • Viktoriya
    February 9, 2016

    Just made this salad and o gosh i can hardly breathe right now😱😟. It’s the bomb. I got too carried away and ate way more than i should have. I especially liked the add of apples it makes this salad so fresh and delicious. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2016

      Yes!! I’m so happy you discovered it and loved it :). I just sent a screen shot of your comment to my sister (since this is her recipe). Thank you! Reply

  • Inna
    February 8, 2016

    Making this salad second day in a row (didn’t have tuna today so used a can of mackerel). Made lavash wraps cut into bite size rolls. Also, used plain Greek yogurt in place of mayo. It came out amazing! Thank you, Natasha, to you and your sister 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2016

      Inna, thank for such a nice review and great job improvising the recipe .😁 Reply

  • 😊
    February 8, 2016

    This stuff is awesome! Thankyou for this great recipe and so very healthy! Thank your sis too she made perfection:) I even made tuna melts and you cannot go wrong with this its just amazing! For anyone who is doubting this you will be surprised when you try it out you will fall in love with it…… I did:)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2016

      Thank you so much for the awesome review! I will share that with my sister 🙂 Reply

  • Larisa
    January 31, 2016

    Tell your sis she got some talent in creating salads like these! I made exactly as the recipe says, and couldn’t believe what the green apple, avocado, and almond slivers could do to TUNA! Amazing! Got guests to try it, so we will see how they like it. I will make them guess what are all the secret ingredients in it. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2016

      I’ll make sure to tell her. This was all her creative genius! 🙂 thank you for the awesome review! Reply

  • Sasha
    January 30, 2016

    Question: we all know avocado turns brown. How does it hold up here? How long can you store the salad without discoloration? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2016

      Hi Sasha, I’ve had it look pretty good at day 3 before we finished it off. The avocado has a coating of mayo and lemon juice so it does not really discolor. Reply

  • January 28, 2016

    Ohhh…your salad looks SO good! I’m such a fan of avocado in tuna salad. I usually add cucumbers, cilantro, avocado, red onion and ton of lime juice (no mayo at all). It’s so good 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      Oh wow that sounds like a nice healthier spin on it! Reply

  • January 28, 2016

    My tuna salad is boring compared to this. Just tuna, celery, onion, lemon juice, S & P.

    Love the addition of avocado, toasted almonds and apples.

    This salad makes clean eating a pleasure! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      I hope you try those add-ins. It really makes the salad pop! Reply

  • Marina
    January 27, 2016

    The only way my kids eat avocado is in tuna salads or smoothies. Lol I will have to try with the apple and almonds. Btw, have you tried making your own mayo? It’s so easy and tastes much better 😁😋 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      I have not tried making my own, mostly because it’s so easy to just buy it. Now that I know it tastes better, I will definitely be trying it! Thanks for sharing that with me. 🙂 Reply

  • LaTrice
    January 27, 2016

    I’m a HUGE fan of tuna, and this recipe will taste absolutely DELICIOUS on croissants!! I’ve already subscribed to your channel on Youtube, and pinning your recipes on Pintrest. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      Thank you so much for subscribing and sharing my recipes on Pinterest! I really appreciate it! I love your idea of putting this tuna salad on croissant’s. That sounds so delicious! Reply

  • Julia`
    January 27, 2016

    LOL Love your ‘accent’!! 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2016

      Thank you kindly 😉 ha ha I’m glad you enjoyed it. Reply

  • Tanya C
    January 27, 2016

    I know what I’m making RIGHT NOW!! Looks delicious! Luckily, I have everything. LOVE when that happens 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2016

      Me too! That’s the best! I hope you love this recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Z-S
    January 27, 2016

    Wow… definitely will try it tomorrow.
    I ate tuna salads with celery, grapes, shrimps but never with avocado and apple… Off to store to buy an apple and almonds.
    Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2016

      You’re so welcome. I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

      • Z-S
        January 29, 2016

        ok I made a little bit different to try how does it work tuna salad with Avocado, and it was delicious…

        Thank you so much.. Reply

  • Inna
    January 27, 2016

    I have all the ingredients. I should give it a try. My kids love anything tuna. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2016

      Oh awesome!! My son was never a fan but my hubby and I both love it :). I hope you all enjoy this recipe! Reply

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