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tuna salad in a small white bowl with wooden spoon

The BEST Tuna Salad You’ll Ever Eat

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American


A good ole Tuna Salad recipe is something to rejoice over, y’all. This tuna salad recipe is a family favorite and one that hits the spot. It’s full of pantry staple goodness and packs mega flavor. You’ll find a touch of heat from jalapeños with shallot, celery, dijon mustard, capers, sweet relish, and fresh dill to name a few. It’s absolutely deeelicious to enjoy with crackers or in a variety of other tasty ways!


  • 2 (5-ounce) cans yellowfin tuna, drained (canned tuna packed in olive oil is recommended)
  • 1 small jalapeno, deseeded & finely diced
  • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, green part only, finely diced
  • ⅓ cup full-fat mayonnaise (can sub plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon sweet relish
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Fresh lemon juice, from ½ of zested lemon
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the drained tuna, diced jalapeño, shallot, celery, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, capers, sweet relish, garlic, fresh chopped dill, lemon zest + lemon juice, and salt/pepper- to taste. Stir the mixture well to thoroughly combine. Give the tuna salad a taste test and adjust with more salt/pepper, as desired.
  2. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes. This gives the tuna salad a chance for the flavors to enhance and settle. 
  3. Serve tuna salad as-is alongside crackers of choice and/or fresh fruit or make a tuna melt sandwich. Enjoy!


  1. Storing tuna salad: Place the tuna salad inside of an airtight container and keep stored in the fridge. Because this recipe is fish + mayonnaise-based, it needs to be kept in the refrigerator/chilled at all times for proper food safety. It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  2. For best recipe success, please read the blog post & notes in its entirety with video tutorial before beginning.

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