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Martha's Favorite Tuna Salad Sandwich


This recipe for Martha's Favorite Tuna Salad Sandwich makes a healthy meal for lunch or dinner.

  • Yield: Makes 4

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 1048


  • 12 ounces good-quality tuna, packed in oil, drained
  • 2 stalks celery, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, such as McIntosh or Gala, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise, preferably Ojai Cook's Lemonaise Light
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 slices best-quality sourdough


  1. In a medium bowl, combine tuna, celery, apple, mayonnaise, basil, and lemon juice; mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. On a work surface, divide tuna salad among 4 slices bread; top with remaining 4 slices bread. Serve.


To make Susie Essman's favorite tuna salad sandwich, as seen on "The Martha Stewart Show," add Dijon mustard and mustard powder to the mixture.

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  • teresagrodi
    18 FEB, 2017
    I have made this recipe over a dozen times. It is our family favorite with my homemade, gluten-free bread. Every single item in this recipe is NECESSARY. Do not alter it — seriously. Fresh basil is an absolute must. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!
  • dontomasini
    3 APR, 2015
    some really good ideas. Didn't think that the chunks of tuna will get that creamy with so little additional ingredients.
  • hmshep
    4 AUG, 2013
    Yummy! Made this for a quick lunch when my friend dropped by for a visit. We both loved it!
  • MS11865526
    9 JUL, 2012
    The only thing I did different was to use good-quality tuna in water. Using fresh basil from my garden and the lemon was just outstanding--never thought to add either. Thanks for a wonderful fresh summer sandwich.
  • JennVincent
    5 OCT, 2011
    In a pinch, one could substitute fat-free Miracle Whip (gasp, I know!) I did, and the result was delicious, even without celery. I put it on toasted ciabatta, which was very complimentary. Kudos on this recipe, MS team!