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
5 from 2 votes
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!!


  • Reply
    November 16, 2021 at 3:44 am

    I’m so excited to try this! But I’m hung up on this… is it 2 cans of tuna, totaling 4 oz… or 2 cans of 4 oz tuna, totaling 8 oz? THANK YOU!

    • Reply
      November 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      totaling 8 ounces 🙂

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    Molly New
    October 15, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    What GF crackers are those shown in the photo?

    • Reply
      October 16, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Simple Mills!

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    Beth Marsh
    August 15, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    This is my favorite tuna salad recipe ever. Thank you!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2021 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you, Beth!!

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    John Mitchell
    July 11, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Just a note I made this whole 30 by omitting the coconut sugar (and I used mt olive brand simply dill relish which seemed to be compliant based on the ingredients, primal kitchen for the other condiments). I also made half with canned chicken as opposed to tuna (splitting the ingredients in half into two bowls and combining separately) just in case I did not like tuna salad (hadn’t had canned tuna since I was a kid!)

    They are both great and still fantastic even without the sugar. You always nail it on amount of stuff for flavor! Thanks for sharing these recipes.

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    June 21, 2021 at 12:11 am

    What brand tuna do you use?

    • Reply
      June 21, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      I like wildplanet or safe catch a lot!

  • Reply
    April 19, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    5 stars
    My new favorite tuna, thank you!

    • Reply
      April 22, 2021 at 10:18 pm

      5 stars
      My new fav tuna salad!

  • Reply
    March 9, 2021 at 11:29 am

    How long can this dish be refrigerated for?

    • Reply
      March 10, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      about 5 days

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