Guest Post: Easy and delicious tuna salad

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Tuna is one of those healthy foods that you know you’re supposed to eat, but probably aren’t eating weekly. The Omega-3s are good for your heart and for growing kids’ brains. This tuna salad recipe is easy to make and will quickly become a family favorite. It’s simple, but packed with other healthy ingredients too.


Hi, Nerdy Mamma readers! I’m Keri from One Mama’s Daily Drama. I blog about navigating the chaos of family life and some days, there’s nothing harder than getting the kids to eat three healthy meals in a day.

My kids have gone through lots of picky eating stages, but somehow they have always liked tuna. I’ve made it a couple of different ways, but this recipe is my favorite.

It’s easy to put together without any planning. I used to make it with boiled eggs, but the cooking-cooling-peeling process seems like too much work for one meal!

I can make this in about five minutes and it feeds two or three people. I think it works best with a mild-flavored apple, like red delicious or gala. If you use something too sweet (like a pink lady) or something too tart (like granny smith) the flavor can clash with the other ingredients.


A quick note on shopping for canned tuna:

Most kids can have about one can’s worth per week. {Preschoolers should have a little less.} Tuna has some mercury, but if you’re buying the right kind, it’s pretty safe. Look for chunk light instead of white albacore. I get the kind in water, not oil, but that’s more of a personal preference.

Tuna salad recipe

Measurements are for a guideline. Feel free to use a bit more or less and estimate.


Guest Post: Easy and delicious tuna salad
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Guest Post: Easy and delicious tuna salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This tuna salad recipe is easy to make and will quickly become a family favorite. It’s simple, but packed with other healthy ingredients too.


  • 2 6- ounce cans chunk light tuna
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 rounded teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 12 hamburger slice pickles
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Open the tuna and drain it.
  2. Place the tuna in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add the mayo and mustard.
  4. Dice the apple into about quarter-inch cubes, removing the seeds.
  5. Chop the pickles roughly the same size. Add them to the bowl.
  6. With a fork or spoon, fold the tuna mixture until combined and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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This tuna salad makes a great lunch on a sandwich or crackers. It’s also pretty good just by the spoonful. My kids love it in their school lunchbox. It can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, but don’t make it earlier than the night before or the apple may brown a little.

If you like this tuna salad, you might also enjoy our favorite hot tuna recipe for dinner: tuna alfredo.



Keri is a freelance writer and blogger from Texas. She is a married mom of two and a big geek. On her blog, One Mama’s Daily Drama, she shares crafts, recipes, printables, and ideas that help parents navigate the chaos of family life, one day at a time.

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