Tuna Salad with Lemon and Capers

Similar to my Chicken Salad recipe, this is generally something that gets thrown together on a whim, with things that I already have on hand in the fridge and pantry, then quickly eaten, spread on crackers or bread. And, I can always feel good about myself afterwords because this is, in fact, a “salad” after all.

*The recipe calls for 3, 5oz cans of tuna which I find is enough salad for 4 sandwiches, but you can divide everything by 3 if you want a “by the can” recipe. I will take this moment to once again argue for the use of a scale when following recipes. Dividing cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons is an aggravating task, but dividing whole numbers is a breeze and an excuse to put that hard-earned elementary school education to good use.

*This is another recipe where substitutions are encouraged! Don’t have a lemon? use vinegar or pickle brine. No parsley or dill? use what you have; basil, scallions, tarragon, chervil, celery leaves, cilantro, chives. No dijon? use whatever you have lying around, and so on and so forth.

Tuna Salad w/ Lemon & Capers

  • Servings: 4
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  • 15oz / 3can – Tuna, liquid drained
  • 6g / 2ea – Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 80g / .5c – Onion, minced
  • 75g / .5c – Celery, sliced thin
  • 6g / 2T – Parsley, chopped
  • 15g / 1T – Capers, chopped
  • 28g / 2T – Pickle Relish (dill or sweet)
  • 28g / 1ea – Lemon, juiced
  • 1g / 1t – Dill
  • 100g / .5c – Mayonnaise
  • 6g / 1T – Dijon Mustard (or whatever you have on hand)
  • 8dash – Tabasco
  • 3g / 1t – Black Pepper, fresh cracked
  • 1g / .25t – Kosher Salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Taste and adjust seasoning.

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