Classic Tuna Salad With A Crunchy Apple Twist

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Tuna salad is a lunchbox staple and a weeknight dinner lifesaver. It’s quick, easy, and endlessly customizable. But sometimes, the standard mayo-and-celery combo can feel a bit bland. This recipe injects a burst of fresh flavor with the addition of crisp, sweet apples. It’s the perfect way to elevate your tuna salad game and leave your taste buds tingling.


Apple Tuna Salad Recipe - Natashaskitchen
Apple Tuna Salad Recipe – Natashaskitchen

2 (5-ounce) cans tuna packed in water, drained

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (light or regular, your choice!)
  • 1 red apple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced (optional, for a bit of a bite)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. In a large bowl, flake the tuna with a fork, breaking up any large chunks.
    2. Add the mayonnaise, diced apple, celery, red onion (if using), lemon juice, and dried dill.
    3. Gently fold everything together until well combined. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
    5. Serve on whole wheat bread, crackers, or lettuce wraps. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 300 (approx.)

  • Fat: 15g (approx.)
  • Carbohydrates: 20g (approx.)
  • Protein: 25g (approx.)

  • These numbers will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use and the brand of mayonnaise.


    This tuna salad with apples is a delightful departure from the ordinary. The sweetness of the apples perfectly complements the savory tuna, while the celery and red onion add a refreshing crunch. It’s a protein-packed, satisfying lunch that’s sure to become a new favorite.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use a different type of apple? Absolutely! Granny Smith apples are a classic choice for their tartness, but you can also experiment with sweeter varieties like Honeycrisp or Fuji.

    2. What can I substitute for the mayonnaise? If you’re looking for a lighter option, try using plain Greek yogurt or mashed avocado.

    3. Do I have to use celery? No, you can certainly omit the celery if you’re not a fan. Chopped carrots or bell peppers would make for great replacements.

    4. How long will this tuna salad keep? Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, your tuna salad will stay fresh for up to 3 days.