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 28 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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  • 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

    • Hi Hope!! Woo hoo!! So so so glad you loved the tuna salad. It’s one of our favs for sure!! And thanks for the great review. That means the world to us!! All the very 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

    • Thank you so much! We’ll check out the nutrition figure. We have a program that determines that, but maybe there was a mistake. Will definitely look into and update accordingly. Thanks again! Kris & Wesley

  • The calories you have listed are wrong. I put this recipe into a program (giving you credit!) for logging my food and using whole cranberries, because my dried ones are sugar free, the total nutritional breakdown for a serving is 436. Regardless, it’s delicious! I used Wild Planet Tuna and as much organic ingredients as possible. We eat as sugar free and low carb as possible. Served it on organic greens. Thanks! Just had to message about the calories because I don’t know where you arrived at that number.

  • 5 stars
    This really is the best ever tuna salad! Followed the recipe even to the point of running to the grocery store for fresh dill, the Wild Planet Tuna, and cranberries at 5:30 pm. Glad I did. We ate it soon after mixing it together and it was fabulous. Looking forward to eating the rest after the flavors meld over night. And that video…LOL. 😉

  • 5 stars
    Capers and cranberries – of course!!! What an excellent combo! And it’s not drenched in mayo which is usually what kills all tuna salad for me. But I adore capers and have never thought of putting it in a tuna salad – thank you for showing me the Tuna Salad way!

  • 5 stars
    Wow, that is some next level tuna salad! I love that it’s not too heavy on the mayo and is instead packed full of flavor from all the other ingredients. You wouldn’t think that cranberries AND capers would work, but they do. And I’ll definitely give Wild Planet tuna a thumbs up. That’s the only one I buy these days.

    • Thanks, Annemarie!! It’s so good! All the flavors really compliment each other beautifully! Wild Plant all the way!! Let us know when you make this and what you think!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    We’ve been making tuna salad for years and we thought we had it down pat. Now, we had jalapenos to it but I really like your addition of cranberries to it. Gives it that little sweetness. Hmmmm! May just take your recipe and give it a try — we do like our spice so I may sneak in some jalapenos.

    • Everything about what you just said sound fantastic!! We LOVE a little heat, and add it whenever possible. Please let us know when you make this, and how you tweaked, and what you think!! Love it!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Tuna salad is our favorite lunch time go-to but I could easily eat this for dinner. Love all of the flavors in this, so robust with the red onion, capers and mustard with the slightly sweet contrast of raisins. I’m going to surprise my hubby with this, he loves tuna salad and this trumps anything I have made before, thanks for sharing this!

  • 5 stars
    I must admit I was a little hesitant to have both cranberries and capers in my beloved tuna salad. BUT>… holy wow, Im a convert now. The perfect combo of salty, sweet with the tuna! You have a convert here!!

  • 5 stars
    Oh you guys are so funny, it was a pleasure watching your video and this tuna salad is really the best ever! I love capers and I also think that the addition of cranberries is a great idea! Like Wesley I can make my own sandwich but if you want to make me one Kris, I’ll be happiest!

    • Hi Patty! Thank you SO MUCH! The capers and cranberry combo in this salad (along with the dill and fresh lemon) is what really makes it sing! I’ll make you a sandwich anytime, Patty! Thanks again, xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    There are people who don’t like capers?! Well more for me then, I love them. My grandma cans her own tuna and I guarantee you when I get some from her, I’ll be coming over here to try this. Because I love everything in this salad!

    • Wow! I want some of your grandma’s home-canned tuna! And right? How could you not like capers? They are soooo good in this tuna salad. Thanks again, Meg! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Dill is a must with any fish for me! I cannot imagine eating fish without it. And I love the idea of capers in this salad. But cranberries? Oh my, it’s such an amazing twist on a classic. A little salty and briny from the capers, a little sweet from the cranberries. This salad has everything!

  • 5 stars
    I looooove tuna salad with capers! I’m a die-hard capers fan, and I always reach for capers instead of relish when I make tuna salad. Or you know, when I want a snack. (I’ve been known to eat them with a spoon.) And the cranberries must give this a nice sweet and tart surprise- this sounds so good!

    • Hi Sarah! Aren’t capers just the best? And we really do think the cranberries, along with the dill, dijon, mayo and lemon balance this salad out very nicely. Thanks so much!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This does look like the BEST Ever Tuna Salad. I love all the ingredients you have in here. especially that it is not heavy on the mayo, the sweet cranberries, and the tart capers. It looks super balanced. I can’t wait to try it.
    I love that you put it in the lettuce cup. That would make a perfect summer lunch!

  • 5 stars
    Well you can never go wrong with a great tuna recipe. This looks fantastic. Love all the additions and flavours happening here. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

  • 5 stars
    Another FANTASTIC recipe! Made this last night and this is truly next level gourmet. I will never go back to traditional. Thank you for sharing! <> from Texas

  • 5 stars
    Knowing firsthand how epically amazing your chicken salad is, I’m going to have to whip up a batch of this tuna salad ASAP! I absolutely LOVE capers and the balance of the sweet and salty with the cranberries must pair so well with the tuna. We’ll definitely be making this for lunch later this week!

  • 5 stars
    I never really think about tuna salad much which is crazy considering how much I love chicken salad and other people’s tuna salad. I love the flavor profile here and it makes me want to have tuna salad all the time now!

  • 5 stars
    I LOVE a good tuna salad! I almost always have a can of tuna at home in my pantry for a last minute tuna salad or just as is. I’ve never added apple cider vinegar to mine though so I’ll have to give it a try next time and see how I like it! I’ll have to add dill too! Great ideas here!

  • 5 stars
    Tuna salad has always been one of my favorite homey lunches. My grandfather had a way of preparing it that was both flavorful and spicy, but this one sounds even better with dill and cranberries. I’ve never tried Wild Planet tuna before — usually get the Costco brand, but I’ll be on the look out for it!

    • Hi Lisa! Thanks so much! We’ve used Costco, too, and it’s tasty. Actually, we find with the flavor profile of this salad, you can’t go wrong, as long as it’s a decent brand. Thanks so much and we are big fans of Garlic & Zest! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    That looks absolutely delicious! Made me realized I really don’t make Tuna Salad often enough (ahum… or ever) but it is definitely a recipe I will be trying soon. I am not the biggest fan of capers, but I am sure that the cranberries and dill bring an amazing flavor and texture! And red onions and dijon mustard are always a great addition to any dish!

    • Thank you! We’re pretty sure you’ll like this if you give it a go! And sure! Leave the capers out! This recipe is very adaptable! Hope you like it a lot! xoxo Kris & Wesley

    • Thanks, Sylvie!! Really appreciate it. We often go with chicken salad, or egg salad, but everytime I make this tuna salad, we remember why we love it so very much. And as part of a tuna melt, amazing! Thanks again. xoxo Kris & Wesley

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