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15 Minute Meal Prep: Tangy Tuna Salad for Sandwiches or Lettuce Wraps

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I’ve been eating tuna salad sandwiches for lunch since I was a little kid. 

I used to eat tuna, tomato, and cheese sandwiches almost everyday and if I was feeling really ballsy, I’d ask my mom for a “tuna salad” which was just tuna mixed with mayo and huge chunks of cheddar cheese!  

I really branched out. But seriously, I ate that every. day.

Now I like to mix it up a little more with my tuna salad but I still love it and enjoy it often! This is one of my favourite versions.

Seasoning Tuna Salad for Sandwiches or Lettuce Wraps

tuna salad for sandwiches

When I was a kid, I went for the traditional mayo, salt and pepper. My mother was in charge of preparing  it and this was a-okay with me.

Now that I’m older and prefer more intense and tangy flavours, I’ve discovered a few favourite ways to make tuna salad.

Adding curry powder is one of those ways. But today, I will share my tangy, zippy pickled version.

The addition of pickled peppers and cucumbers really balances out the mild fishy flavour of the tuna and the creamy richness of the mayonnaise. 

To keep this meal light and add even more protein, I use greek yogurt in place of some of the mayo. I never sacrifice all of the mayo (you can feel free to do so) because I am a mayo FIEND!

Feel free to play around with the seasoning quantities or leave out the hot peppers if you don’t like heat (I’ll judge you but, don’t let that bother you 😏).

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How to Make Tangy Tuna Salad

The following ingredients are my preferred additions. If you  like less or more of something, this recipe is super versatile.

To 1 can of tuna, drained, add:

  • 1 dill pickle, diced
  • 4 small hot green pickled peppers, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of greek yogurt

Mix these all together in a bowl. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, more pickle slices, fresh herbs, cheese, or whatever you desire. 

For a real treat, try these marinated red onions from my fellow Montreal food blogger Sabine at The Flavor Fiend.

I serve mine as a tuna salad sandwich, in a lettuce wrap, with an english muffin, on crackers, or these diy bagel chips, or just with a fork. 

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Tangy Tuna Salad

Crisp dill pickles and spicy hot pickled peppers bring life and flavour to this tuna salad
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: lunch, Salad, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, high protein, kid friendly, lunch prep, meal prep, quick, school lunch, tuna
Servings: 1 servings
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Rach

Ingredients

  • 1 184g can solid light tuna, in water drained
  • 1 dill pickle, diced
  • 4 hot green pickled peppers or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
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