Liven up your lunchtime with this easy and flavorful recipe for mustard tuna salad. This simple tuna salad recipe is packed with veggies and a tangy dressing that skips the mayo.
Why we love this recipe
I like regular mayo-based tuna salad as much as the next girl (especially when it is made with this easy recipe for homemade mayonnaise!), but there is just something about this mustard tuna fish salad recipe that takes garden variety tuna salad from perfectly fine to a unexpectedly wonderful lunch or even supper.
Probably something to do with the fact that the mayo is swapped out for a little olive oil whisked with Dijon mustard. And that the tuna is mixed up with cherry tomatoes and chopped dill pickle.
And that the entire thing takes about 10 minutes from start to finish, including the part where you look for that nice tuna that you know you have in the pantry SOMEWHERE.
Easy, spicy, different, ready in ten minutes….let’s make it!
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitutions
- Tuna: Our first choice when we can find it is jarred tuna in oil (more expensive but oh so good), but the canned kind is great too!
- Mustard: Any kind will work, but we love grainy mustard best, both for the milder flavor and the great texture.
- Lettuce: We usually use romaine, but any variety of lettuce will be fine.
- Dill pickle: You can also use dill pickle relish – start with a tablespoon and add more as you like.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities and nutritional information.
How to make this recipe
STEP 1: Flake the tuna into chunks – a couple of forks will work great for this step.
STEP 2: Stir in some chopped dill pickle and some halved cherry tomatoes and a fistful of chopped fresh parsley.
STEP 3: Now whisk together a little olive oil and mustard and drizzle some of it into the bowl.
STEP 4: Mix it all together, taste it and add more as needed – because this sauce is tangy from the mustard, you’ll want to make sure you get just the right amount for your own liking.
STEP 5: Scoop it out on to some chopped lettuce, add a few nice crackers or some grilled bread on the side and voila!
Either will work fine for this recipe, but the jarred tuna tends to be a higher quality (and also more expensive) cut of tuna. It’s usually hanging out right next to the canned kind in your supermarket, and it’s definitely worth the splurge once in a while!
You can go either way. If there isn’t much oil (or if the oil looks especially good!) I leave it in and use a little less dressing. But draining it is also fine.
Well yes…but I find the oil-packed tuna to be so much more flavorful. But you be you, tuna-wise!
You definitely can, and it will let the flavors meld together even more wonderfully! Make sure you store it in the fridge.
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Want to round out your meal?
And on the side, a nice cool glass of mint lemonade iced tea is just perfect!
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