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I must admit, I eat Tuna Salad a lot. This can be ‘controversial’ as I know people either like tuna salad, or absolutely hate it. I grew up on Classic Tuna Salad and I love it. 

Classic Tuna Salad

I realized that this simple recipe is something I make almost weekly. Yet, I’ve never formally shared the recipe in a blog post! Most of you know very well how to make a Tuna Salad and you likely won’t need this recipe. But I notice when I mention it’s what I am eating for lunch on Instagram– I get some questions on how exactly I make my Tuna Salad. 

So yeah, here we go. A *really good*, paleo, classic Tuna Salad recipe that never fails me. It’s dilly, zesty, bright, and delicious!! It might seem odd that I add a touch of coconut sugar to my tuna salad, but it’s an addition I’ve recently added and the touch of sweetness just really makes the dish.

Classic Tuna Salad

Make a big batch of this Classic Tuna Salad on a Sunday so that you can enjoy it for lunches throughout the week. I serve mine with fresh-cut veggies + crackers! My favorite busy workday lunch!!

5 from 8 votes

Classic Tuna Salad

Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 [4-ounce] can of tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery about 1 stalk
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion about 1/4 of a medium-sized onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp dijon
  • 1 tbsp dill relish
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • a dash of cayenne pepper optional


  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Using a fork, stir and mash until the tuna salad is very well combined. Serve and enjoy or refrigerate before serving for best results!!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 2 people

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    I eat tuna salad pretty often but never actually followed a recipe. This was amazing! So much flavor but still healthy. Will definitely use this recipe going forward.

  2. 5 stars
    I don’t think I have eaten tuna salad since I was in college but this recipe looked so good so I decided to give it a try. Oh. My. Gosh. These flavors are perfect. I was thinking I would save it for the work week but my husband and I just gobbled it all up. Delish! Thanks for the great recipe!