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Front view of a tuna salad sandwich on a plate with chips.

Classic Tuna Salad

This tuna salad is the perfect combination of tuna, crunchy celery, red onion and sweet pickle relish in a creamy seasoned dressing with dill. An easy and delicious appetizer, snack, lunch or dinner!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 (12 ounce) can chunk light tuna in water well drained
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • cup diced celery
  • 3 tablespoons diced red onion
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste


  • Place drained tuna, mayonnaise, relish, lemon juice, celery, onion, dill, garlic powder and pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Stir to combine. Season with salt (to taste) if desired.


  • If you prefer your salad on the less creamy side, start with 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and increase until desired creaminess is reached.  
  • Dill pickle relish can be substituted for sweet.
  • Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your personal preference!
  • This can be served immediately, but is best when refrigerated for at least 1 hour (in an airtight container).
  • Store in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.
  • Yields approximately 2 cups.