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lazy no chop tuna salad sandwich cut in half on a cutting board.

Lazy No-Chop Tuna Salad

  • Author: Danielle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Make this Lazy No-Chop Tuna Salad without spending any time chopping! It’s quick and tasty, using dill pickle relish and spices for max flavor in a seriously short time. Works great as a make-ahead cold lunch option!


  • 2 (5-ounce) cans of tuna fish packed in water, drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I use avocado oil mayo)
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • (optional) 1 teaspoon dijon mustard


  1. Flake tuna: In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the drained tuna. Use a fork to flake the tuna into smaller pieces so no large chunks remain.
  2. Add & mix: Add the remaining ingredients, including the mayonnaise, relish, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and optional mustard. Stir until everything is well mixed together in a semi-thick tuna salad.
  3. Serve & store: Serve immediately on bread, in lettuce wraps, or make into a tuna melt! About 1/2 cup of tuna salad fits comfortably on a sandwich like the one pictured. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Relish: You can find small jars of dill pickle relish in the pickle & condiment aisle of the grocery store. I used Vlasic brand! Tuna: I prefer to use sustainably caught albacore tuna packed in water. Pouches will also work. Two (5 ounce) cans of tuna equals about 8 ounces of drained tuna. Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 252
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 19g

Keywords: tuna, tuna salad, tuna sandwich, no chop, lunch, make ahead, meal prep

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