This tuna salad salad with pickled celery will have you rethinking all other tuna salads you’ve had before, because it is so so good, honestly the best tuna salad I’ve had! Enjoy this tuna salad as a lunch on a sandwich or as a dip with some buttery crackers.
A few weeks ago I signed up for a local produce box to be delivered. I got a bunch of celery. Then the next week I got more celery.
So what do you do with celery? What are recipes that use celery? I was completely drawing a blank.
I did, and oh my goodness was it amazing.
Side note: since we are all home with schools-daycare temporarily closed, my 2 year old son, Ben, helps with my photoshoots and recipe development days, it’s beyond cute so I just had to share this little picture I snapped of him helping me.
I thought of making a chicken salad (my favorite chicken salad recipe), but my favorite chicken salad recipe doesn’t have celery in it and I just so happened to have some canned tuna, so my mind immediately went to tuna salad.
With quick pickled celery, this tuna salad went from me thinking tuna salad was just ok, to me thinking oh my goodness, I need to make tuna salad with pickled celery every single time I make it!!
Something else I did unique with this tuna salad recipe is that I used green onions instead of chopped raw red onions. I find that raw onions are a little overpowering, so adding green onions gave it a nice flavor, while not being overwhelming to the taste buds.
Next time you’re looking for an easy lunch and the best tuna salad recipe, look no further than this tuna salad with pickled celery!
Tuna Salad Recipe with Pickled Celery
For the pickled celery*
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 cup celery chopped
For the tuna salad
- 1/4 cup pickled celery
- 2 cans 4 oz. each solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- Start by making the pickled celery - this can be done a day in advance.
- In a microwave safe bowl combine the water, apple cider vinegar and sugar. Microwave for 1 minute, or until bubbly, stir to make sure the sugar has dissolved. Add in the celery and put into the fridge to cool while you're making the sandwiches.
- To make the tuna salad sandwiches
- In a large bowl combine drained pickled celery, tuna, mayonnaise, green onions and garlic salt. Stir to combine, but leave a few chunks of tuna still.
- Refrigerate for an hour (this step is optional, I've eaten it right after making it)
- Spread on some toast to make a sandwich or eat it with some crackers (this is especially good with buttery crackers or saltines.)