A tuna salad sandwich with relish slathered onto a piece of Hawaiian bread. Where is the sign-up line for this delicious, nonspicy tuna melt?

tuna salad sandwich with relish

Why You Should Make

  • Easy- The best tuna salad recipe has to be easy. At least, I think so. 😏This African American one is that. The ingredients in the whole recipe are pretty easy to find. You may already have a few, like black pepper, fresh celery, cans of tuna, and a little Mayo lying around.
  • Perfect For Meal Preparation—If you are on a health journey and looking for incredibly easy recipes, this tuna egg salad is an excellent addition to your lunch rotation. The simple ingredients are a plus.
  • Family-friendly: We all have different ways of eating. This traditional tuna salad recipe can be made in various ways, so everyone in the family can add to or subtract from it.
  • Make Ahead—Make this recipe a day or two before enjoying it. The next day, add your sides, such as a ripe tomato, a bed of lettuce, or potato chips.

This healthy sandwich recipe pairs perfectly with my garlic bread recipe! It’s made with Canned Tuna, celery, honey mustard, sweet relish, mayonnaise, eggs, pepperoncini, and other simple ingredients. This recipe comes together in just five minutes!

Ingredients You Will Need

Southern Tuna Salad
  • Purple/Red Onion- this will help add in a ton of extra flavor to your Southern tuna salad. Try to stick with this type of onion for the flavor alone.
  • Mayonnaise little Mayo goes a long way.
  • Lemon juice is the secret ingredient that will help with the tuna’s fishy taste.
  • Honey Mustard- another secret ingredient that adds a special touch of richness to this classic dish.
  • Seasonings- salt, garlic powder, and pepper to taste.
  • Dill Relish- use dill relish to bring that sweet taste to this Southern tuna salad.
  • Tuna in Water- I went with chunky tuna with Water to save on calories.
  • Hawaiian Bread- Other options are wheat bread, butter bread, or any bread you like.
  • Pepperoncini Pepper- You can find these at your local Walmart, Food Lion, or any famous market in your area.

How To Make

Bowl- Add your canned tuna to the bowl along with the remaining ingredients listed below.

Assemble Sandwich- Add the tuna salad to your Hawaiian bread or enjoy it alone.


  1. Tuna lettuce wraps are a great way to avoid the added calories from the bread.
  2. Remove the bread and add more tuna to the mix to keep this a simple high-protein salad.
  3. Add your tuna salad to a side of sliced avocados.
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A tuna salad sandwich with relish slathered onto a piece of Hawaiian bread. Where is the sign-up line for this delicious, nonspicy tuna melt?
tuna salad sandwich with relish
Servings: 3 People
Calories 178
Author: Ronalyn
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 3 Cans Tuna Drained(albacore)
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Celery Finely chopped
  • 1/4 Mayonnaise
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 2 Teaspoon Honey mustard
  • Sweet Relish To your liking
  • Salt and pepper To Taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Bag Hawaiian Bread


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix tuna, mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey mustard, onion, and celery in the bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    3 Cans Tuna, 1/2 Cup Red Onion, 1 Celery, 1/4 Mayonnaise, 1 Teaspoon Lemon juice, 2 Teaspoon Honey mustard, Sweet Relish, Salt and pepper, 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve on bread
    1 Bag Hawaiian Bread
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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