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The Best Southern Tuna Salad Recipe

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: salad
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: southern


The Best Southern Tuna Salad Recipe is filled with simple ingredients for that classic recipe we all crave when we want a good tuna sandwich!


  • 4 cans white tuna in water, drained well. (mash this up in the bottom of your bowl. This is Papa’s #1 job)
  • 12 stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 8 hard boiled eggs, peeled, and finely diced {You could run these over your box grater}
  • 1 small Vidalia onion, finely diced {I like to grate my onion — be sure to use that onion juice!}
  • 1/2 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup Mount Olive Sweet Relish
  • Squeeze one lemon <—- secret ingredient!
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, dump your four drained cans of tuna into the bowl. Use a fork to break the pieces of tuna apart.
  2. Add in your diced stalks of celery, 8 chopped hard-boiled eggs, small Vidalia onion chopped, 2/3 cups of Mt. Olive Sweet Relish, and 1/2 cup of mayo.
  3. Mix really well to evenly combine everything.
  4. Add in your lemon juice, 1/3 teaspoon of salt, and 1/3 teaspoon of black pepper. Mix really well.
  5. Taste your salad to see if you need some more salt, but also, let it sit in the fridge for half an hour before adding too much more. The flavors will develop as it sits.
  6. Serve as a sandwich, in lettuce, or just eat with a spoon!

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