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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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