Classic Tuna Salad

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!!

Classic Tuna Salad

Serves: 2 people
Prep Time15 mins


  • 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!!

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