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tuna salad on a focaccia sandwich with lettuce.

grammy's deli tuna salad

The perfect pale pink, creamy-yet-crunchy deli tuna salad comes together in minutes and uses ingredients you already have on hand, but needs to sit at least 12 hours in the fridge overnight to truly shine.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Resting Time 12 hrs
Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings



  • (2) 5 oz cans Canned tuna (or one 12 oz can)
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard (any kind)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 stalk Celery (about ¼ cup chopped)
  • cup Carrot (chopped)
  • cup Red onion (chopped)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)


  • 1 tablespoon Fresh dill (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Capers
  • 1 tablespoon Olives (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika


  • Bring an inch of water to a rolling boil in a small sauce pan. Gently lower an egg in the water, cover the pot, and adjust the burner to keep that rolling boil going. Cook the egg for 11 minutes, then drain and peel the egg immediately under cool running water.
  • Open and drain the tuna cans. Place the tuna in a whatever airtight container you plan to store it in.
  • Use the egg slicer to slice the egg in two directions — slice it horizontally, then rotate and slice it vertically. Add the chopped egg to the tuna.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the tuna and egg and mix well with a fork, mashing the egg yolk and breaking up the bigger chunks of tuna. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. You may want more mayo or less mayo, more salt and pepper, more crunchy bits, etc. Adjust, adjust, adjust!
  • Cover and let sit in the fridge overnight, ideally 12-18 hours, before serving.


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