Best-Ever Tuna Salad

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This recipe is sure to be an H2FaL fan favorite.  Our Best-Ever Chicken Salad has broken all kinds of records.

It’s just so delicious, and trust us, we’ve tweaked this classic tuna salad recipe to make sure it’s just as good as the chicken salad.  Wow…is it good.

Best-Ever Tuna Salad recipe

How To Make Tuna Salad

Watch us show you how easy it is to make this over-the-top delicious salad!

Get all your ingredients together, and then simply assemble!

The Ingredients You Will Need

Use a good-quality canned tuna pack in water, not oil.   After you drain the tuna, lightly flake it so it’s nice and chunky!

And then the fresh dill, capers, and dried cranberries bring such an amazing flavor and texture to the salad, you will just love it.

People who have even told us they’re not fans of capers, absolutely love how all the ingredients work together for this incredible tuna salad.

Best-Ever Tuna Salad recipe

This Best Tuna Salad is great as a stand-alone salad on a bed of greens, and it is spectacular on fresh bread, or in a pita.

And did you know that tuna is good for you?  Read more about its nutritional value here!

Double or triple the recipe and it is literally one of the best salads you could ever serve at a shower, birthday party, and special occasion.

Best-Ever Tuna Salad recipe

It’s all in the ingredients with this salad. This salad isn’t heavy on the mayo and relies on the other ingredients to bring the salad to life.

It’s just the best ever!  Aren’t you just craving an amazing tuna salad sandwich?

Another amazing salad is our Best-Ever Lobster Salad!

Best-Ever Tuna Salad recipe

Ready to make the best tuna sandwich this side of the Atlantic Ocean?  Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

Best-Ever Tuna Salad on a white plate

Best-Ever Tuna Salad

This Best-Ever Tuna Salad really is the best ever. Building off the enormous popularity of our Best-Ever Chicken Salad, this Tuna Salad my just rival that recipe. We tested and tested, until we came up with what we believe, without doubt, is the world's best-ever tuna salad. Double and triple the recipe for showers, parties, and special gatherings. The best!
5 from 30 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make tuna salad, Lunch, Tuna
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 405kcal


  • ½ cup red onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 5 oz. can albacore tuna in water we love Wild Planet, drained
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 1 3.5 oz. jar capers drained
  • 2 tbsp dill fresh, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large lemon the juice from
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt start with 1/2 teaspoon, then add more, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Place the red onions in a small bowl and cover with apple cider vinegar. Set aside for 15 minutes, and then drain.
  • In a large bowl, add the drained tuna, pickled onions, cranberries, celery, capers, dill and parsley.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper (add the salt in 1/2 teaspoon increments, to taste).
  • Add the mayo mixture to the tuna mixture, and using a large wooden spoon, stir the salad to fully incorporate all ingredients.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hours before serving. (Can be prepared 24 hours in advance of serving).
  • Serve on a bed of greens or as sandwiches.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • 5 stars
    This is sooo incredible!! I make it regularly & everyone raves. Thanks for such an amazing, easy, fresh & healthy recipe!!

    • Hi Melanie! That is so wonderful! We are thrilled you are having such great success with the tuna salad recipe and thank you SO MUCH for sharing and for the GREAT review! That means so much to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I added half the cranberries and capers and the hint of flavor made this salad different and gourmet. The red onion made it really special, thank you.

    • Hi Kristin! Sounds like you made the tuna salad wonderfully! We are so so happy you enjoyed the recipe and we so appreciate you letting us know and for the wonderful review! That means so much to us!! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • I’m making this recipe for the hundredth time and felt I had to comment on how perfect it is. During quarantine, I learned to make sourdough bread (like so many) and this tuna salad on top of a piece of buttered sourdough toast is everything! Tuna toast is now one of my favorite meals. I’ve brought this tuna salad with me to share on camping trips and have converted tuna salad haters. One time, I did not have cranberries and substituted dried cherries (because of course I had every other dried fruit besides cranberries) which was also good but it made me want to try your chicken salad recipe with dried cherries even more. Anyway, thanks for sharing this recipe! I’ll never need another one.

    • Donna!! You have no idea how happy this makes us to hear! And kudos to you for making homemade sourdough bread!! That must be a pretty amazing tuna salad sandwich! Thanks so much for letting us know! We truly appreciate that a lot! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • I’ve always used hard boiled eggs, dill pickles, celery, green onion and green pimiento-stuffed olives in my tuna salad. Occasionally I’ll add toasted walnuts and/or chopped apple. If your readers don’t have capers, but have green olives, they may like the flavor and color. I’m really looking forward to trying your recipe soon. Just bought fresh parsley and dill at the farmers market!

  • 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I had a good bit of the yummy dressing leftover and would love suggestions on how I could use that.

    • Woo hoo!! It’s good mixed in with chopped up rotisserie chicken, too! We haven’t tried this, but mixed in with chopped up hard-boiled eggs would be pretty delicious, too…on toast. YUM!!! Let us know what you end up doing with it! And thanks for the great review!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This was so delicious! I would never have thought up this combination of flavors. Thanks for sharing! Even my tuna-hating husband gave it the thumbs up. And your video? So fun!

  • 5 stars
    I was looking for the best tuna salad recipe, and guess what popped up? Several, but the picture of your sandwich stood out; so striking and exactly what I was looking for! I quickly scanned the ingredients, and said, “yes! that’s it!” I was so excited to make it, the explosive colors, fresh ingredients, and a variety of many other things like cranberries and capers. I made it, and took it for a birthday luncheon at work. It was an absolute hit! So delicious, everyone loved it, and delighted in the unique taste! I had doubled the recipe, but there was nothing left❣️. I am going to try all your recipes from now on! Love the videos Be yourselves, it’s so entertaining!

    • Joanna!! You have no idea how happy it makes us to read your note. It truly means the world to us that you had such amazing success with the tuna salad recipe. And thank you so much for the kind words and great review. And so glad you enjoy the videos! We love what we do and sharing with wonderful people, like you! Please stay in touch and stay tuned…lots more on the way!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Made this last week, and it was the best tuna salad I have ever had! Will definitely be making again. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

    • Hi Afton!! That’s the best news we’ve heard all day! So so so glad you had success with our tuna salad recipe. We love it so much, too!! And thank you for letting us know and the great review. That means the world to us!! Stay in touch! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I thought I had cornered the market on the best Tuna Salad, but I was wrong. This unique blend of flavors and textures totally blows mine out of the water. My husband is IN LOVE with this recipe. KUDOS to you guys. We are both huge fans of your recipes and videos. Thanks for all you do!

    • Hi Suzanne!! So so so sorry for the super delayed response here!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting us know about the tuna salad. That is so awesome that you and your hubby loved it so much. We just can’t thank you enough for your support. It means the world to us, truly. Please stay in touch!!! All the best!! Kris & Wesley

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