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This Apple Tuna Salad is a great way to change up the traditional tuna salad. Loaded with crisp sweet apples, celery, crunchy pecans, and of course tuna! Perfect for a light lunch!

Apple tuna salad piled on a buttery croissant with a leaf of lettuce..

*Originally published May 2016. Photos and text updated.*

If you are tired of the traditional tuna salad this recipe is a nice change. It’s filled with sweet crunchy apples, celery, pecans, and a few simple ingredients.

Make a large batch and have a quick and easy lunch on hand. I try to do this but my kids eat it up before I get to, lol!

Reasons You Will Love This Easy Recipe:

  • Tuna is inexpensive and easy to keep on hand
  • It’s perfect for quick lunches
  • Uses simple easy to find ingredients
  • Would also be great for luncheons, showers, or other parties
Ingredients needed to make apple tuna salad.

Ingredients

TUNA: Please use tuna packed in water for this recipe. Any brand you like will do.
APPLE: Any apple that is your favorite for snacking will work great in this recipe.

MAYO: Use homemade or store bought.
CELERY

PECANS
ONION

Two pictures showing all the ingredients in a bowl and then showing them mixed together.

How To Make Apple Tuna Salad:

Start by draining your tuna well. This is important because if it isn’t drained well the salad will be watery.

Add the chopped apple, celery, pecans, onion, and mayo. Gently stir everything together until combined.

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

A close up of the salad in a bowl.

How To Serve Apple Tuna Salad?

  • On toasted bread
  • Croissant
  • A bed of lettuce
  • Bagels
  • Pita pocket
  • Stuffed in a tomato
  • Stuffed in an avocado
Overhead view of apple tuna salad on a croissant on a black plate with a lettuce leaf.

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5 from 6 votes
Apple tuna salad piled on a buttery croissant with a leaf of lettuce..
Apple Tuna Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Apple Tuna Salad is a great way to change up the traditional tuna salad. Loaded with crisp sweet apples, celery, crunchy pecans, and of course tuna! Perfect for a light lunch!

Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy tuna salad, tuna salad
Servings: 2 (makes 1 1/2 cups)
Calories: 465 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • 1 (5oz)(142g) tuna packed in water, drained well
  • ½ cup (65g) chopped apple (about 1/2 an apple)
  • cup mayonnaise (full fat, reduced fat or fat free)
  • ¼ cup (30g) chopped celery
  • ¼ cup (25g) chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Stir well to combine. Divide equally to make 2 sandwiches. Tuna salad can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Tuna Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 465 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 2.8g18%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 263mg11%
Potassium 284mg8%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

19 thoughts on “Apple Tuna Salad”

  1. I recently went to a baby shower and this was on the buffet table – I was skeptic before trying but so glad I did – I like it so much I googled the recipe and have now made your version for a picnic we are going on – thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night for dinner with honey crisp apples and it was absolutely DELICIOUS! I added a little more red onions and pecans than the recipe called for. Will definitely be making this again!

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