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This Tuna Sandwich has a burst of flavor with every bite – tender tuna, tangy pickles, and an ingredient that gives this tuna a protein punch… cottage cheese! We promise you’ll never eat tuna another way again!

A tuna salad sandwich on rye bread, cut in half and stacked up on a wooden cutting board.

Why This is The Most Amazing Tuna Sandwich Ever.

For a long time I would make tuna salad by throwing it in the bowl and adding a few standard ingredients.. adding this and that until it felt right. And it was… perfectly fine. I like tuna sandwiches. But recently I decided to go a little wild and try something new. And measure the ingredients (gasp). And oh my goodness. It was a game changer!

For this version I added cottage cheese, lemon juice, fresh dill, and LOTS of pickles. Don’t be afraid of the cottage cheese. I know it sounds a bit strange. But it really just adds some great texture, nutrition, and moisture that I absolutely love. The lemon juice and fresh dill add a lovely bright flavor. And the pickles add a delicious, vinegary crunch. Piled into a sandwich, scooped up with crackers, or eaten with a fork. It’s seriously tasty.

A close up picture of a tuna sandwich with lettuce on rye bread with a blue striped linen in the background.

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make This Tuna Sandwich:

  • Canned Tuna– I used albacore tuna, packed in water.
  • Mayonnaise– I used regular mayonnaise- use your favorite brand here. You can substitute greek yogurt if desired.
  • Cottage Cheese– It might sound odd, but trust me here! It boosts the nutrition, stretches the tuna, and really makes this tuna salad creamy and delicious.
  • Dijon Mustard– Adds a nice tangy flavor. You can also use yellow mustard.
  • Dill Pickles– My perfect tuna sandwich is heavy on pickles! If you’re not a big fan, cut back or (gasp) leave them out if necessary.
  • Fresh Dill– Fresh dill adds a bright, fresh flavor that really compliments the ingredients in this salad.
  • Lemon Juice– Fresh lemon juice is best.
  • Salt & Pepper– Season to taste.
Ingredients needed to make this tuna salad sandwich.

How to Make The Best Tuna Sandwich:

  1. Drain the tuna. Make sure to drain your tuna well. We’re adding lots of flavorful ingredients that will add plenty of moisture.
  2. Add ingredients to a mixing bowl. Add the tuna, pickles, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, dill, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a bowl. Stir gently to combine. Taste, and adjust seasonings if needed.
  3. Assemble the sandwiches. Top bread with a generous layer of tuna salad and some lettuce, if desired. Or, serve with crackers or enjoy right out of the bowl. Yum!!
Tuna salad ingredients in a white bowl.

Tips & Suggestions:

What goes well in a tuna fish sandwich?

Tuna goes great with so many different ingredients and flavor profiles. Here are some other things you can try:

  • Fresh Herbs: Try basil, thyme, parsley, or chives.
  • Add Extra Veggies: Diced red onion, celery, radishes, shredded carrots, or bell pepper add extra nutrition and great crunch.
  • Flavor Boost: Add extra flavor with seasonings like onion powder, garlic powder, cracked black pepper, dried oregano, marjoram, cayenne pepper, or curry powder.
  • Creamy Factor: Make it extra creamy and delicious by adding cream cheese, mayonnaise, greek yogurt, ranch dressing, or avocado.
  • Sandwich Toppings: Try stacking your sandwich with sliced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, spinach, banana peppers, sliced cucumbers, or hard-boiled eggs.

What should I serve with tuna salad?

Serve tuna salad on bread, with crackers, on a bed of lettuce, tossed with cooked pasta, or in a wrap. It’s also delicious served in an avocado half.

How long does tuna salad last?

While most tuna salad tastes best when enjoyed the day it is made, it will last 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Because it contains perishable ingredients, make sure that it stays cold and doesn’t rest too long at room temperature.

A tuna sandwich with lettuce on wheat bread stacked on a parchment lined cutting board with a toothpick.

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Tuna Salad Sandwich

This Tuna Sandwich has a burst of flavor with every bite – tender tuna, tangy pickles, and an ingredient that gives this tuna a protein punch…cottage cheese! We promise you'll never eat tuna another way again!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 210kcal



  • Drain tuna and add to a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise, cottage cheese, dijon mustard, diced dill pickles, fresh dill, and lemon juice. Gently stir everything together to combine.
  • Top 4 slices of bread each with a lettuce leaf and an even amount of the tuna salad mixture. Top with the remaining bread slices and cut in half. Enjoy!


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword : Tuna Salad Sandwich


Natalie Monson

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