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The ULTIMATE Tuna Salad Sandwich | Bella Vita Cucina

The BEST Classic Tuna Salad

  • Author: Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina


  • 2 cans imported Italian tuna, or solid white albacore tuna, packed in water, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. capers (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried chives, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

For assembly of the sandwiches:

  • hearty bread (white or whole wheat), or challah, brioche, toasted, 2 slices per sandwich
  • curly, green-leafy lettuce
  • sliced tomatoes

Or serve on a bed of lettuce or inside a scooped-out tomato.


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients and gently mix with a large mixing spoon, silicon spoon, or rubber spoon.
  2. Toast the bread.
  3. Serve in the way you prefer.

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