Best Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe

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With the kids home for the summer, cold sandwiches become a form of art.

We also have the best tuna salad sandwich recipe that is pretty classic and never gets old.

We headed to Meijer to stock up on ingredients because with two growing teens in the house it seems we’re always running out of something.

As an mperks member, we also saved money on this trip.

This post was sponsored by Sargento as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Best Tuna Salad Sandwich

Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe

When I was little, I watched Big Top Peewee, and in that gem of a movie his girlfriend makes him a sandwich–egg salad, if I remember correctly–and carefully wraps it in wax paper.

Don’t ask me why this is such a vivid, lasting memory, but ever since then, sandwich making has been a labor of love.

It must’ve been the effort she put in and the pride behind her sack lunch because the fate of that meal wasn’t great. I think it ended up washing down a river.

Sargento cheese and chopping veggies

Whatever the reason behind my extra weird psyche, I freaking love building the best tuna salad sandwich.

I’ve perfected this recipe to my liking over the years, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Tuna Salad Sandwich
Yield: 2 people

Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe

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This recipe makes two good-sized sandwiches. If you like them super-stuffed, then maybe one or one and a half.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 slices bread, your favorite bread
  • 1 can chunk light tuna in water, we use pole & line wild caught
  • 2 Sargento® Slices: Ultra Thin® Provolone
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped, yellow, reserve a handful of shreds
  • 1/8 cup red onion, chopped, optional
  • 1 tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
  • pinch garlic salt
  • 3 slices tomato, plum
  • 3 slices cucumber, thin slices of English cucumber


  1. Drain tuna and put into small mixing bowl.
  2. Wash celery and yellow carrot. Chop celery and peel the yellow carrot before chopping, reserving a few shreds. If using red onion, chop that as well.
  3. Add mayo, salt, celery, yellow carrot, and onion to tuna. Mix well.
  4. Slice tomato and cucumber.
  5. Build your sandwich! Start with the tuna salad, then layer carrot shreds, tomato, cucumber, 1-3 slices of Sargento® Slices: Ultra Thin® Provolone cheese.
  6. Slice in half and serve immediately or lovingly wrap in wax paper with a striped piece of kitchen string. 🙂 Baked potato chips go really well with this sandwich.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 850mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 28g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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This tuna salad sandwich recipe can be easily tweaked to your liking.

You can decrease the calories by using a veggie wrap, tortilla, or large leaf of lettuce; use less mayonnaise, and one slice of Sargento® Slices: Ultra Thin® Provolone cheese instead of three. 

I love using 100% real, natural cheese and these Ultra Thin® Slices allow you to control the amount to your preference.

Meijer store

Shopping at Meijer

Head on over to a Meijer near you and if you’re an mperks member, search for “Sargento” until 7/15/2017 for $1 off 2 Sargento® Slices products.

Sargento cheese in Meijer

Shopping at Meijer is always a wonderful experience.

They have an excellent selection of everything I need and the layout of the store is so spacious it never feels crowded.

I cannot stress the importance of this–grocery shopping can cause a decent bit of anxiety.

I’m always worried I’ll forget something on my list–or heaven forbid, forget my list itself–get stuck in long lines or have to wait behind slower shoppers in crowded aisles.

At Meijer, I’m always able to whip around and get everything like a ninja which provides priceless peace of mind.

If you’re not an mperks member already, sign up and grab all you need to make this best tuna salad sandwich recipe!

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  1. That is a delicious looking lunch. I never thought about adding cucumber slices and carrot but we do love Sargento on tuna!

  2. I do enjoy a tuna salad sandwich. This recipe looks tasty and I know we would like to have it!

  3. I’ve only had american cheese on a tuna melt. The provolone sounds like a nice addition to the tuna sandwich. Will have to give it a try.

  4. I loe a good tuna fish sandwich. I have had various vegetables in them but I dont think carrots. I love the provolone too, its a great cheese with a nice smoky flavor (to me at least) Now I dont know if it is a regional thing or what, but I have never made mine with mayo. I am strictly a Miracle Whip gal. I know hubby has always had his with MW, and everyone else I know. One of the freaky things I guess, but it adds a ‘twang’ that mayo doesnt maybe who knows.

  5. My tuna sandwiches were never this complicated. The cheese and cucumber should make the sandwich taste extra special

  6. Your recipe sure is a departure from the plain jane tuna sandwiches I usually make. It’s appealing and I will definitely try it.

  7. i love me some tuna because it makes great andwich in no time. i love mixing it up the night before and making sandwich. this was a great article .

  8. That looks awesome! I’m a huge fan of egg salad sandwiches, and this is the Rolls Royce of them. Thanks.

  9. I have never seen such a fancy tuna salad sandwich in my life! I have to give this a try. My mouth is watering just reading about it.

  10. That looks like a yummy tuna sandwich! I love mine toasted with cheese, chopped up avocado, and red onions. Then I lightly drizzle homemade ranch dressing and a chipotle dressing.

  11. My husband works close enough that he can come home for lunch. It’s a nice part of our summer to be able to spend a little extra time with him. Your tuna salad sandwich would be a great one to share during his stops at home during the week.

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