A fresh take on tuna salad, this lunchbox-ready version has crisp apples and fennel and is tossed in a light olive oil-lemon dressing. There's also a herb-infused mayonnaise for easy dipping so you can adjust the mayo-to-tuna ratio of every bite. Make the salad the night before and quickly pack a bento box with whole-wheat crackers and crunchy escarole leaves in the morning for an all-star desk lunch.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together lemon juice, Dijon mustard, a pinch of sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil; season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Cut the apple into matchsticks and toss with dressing. Add sliced fennel and a jar of tuna in oil; toss to combine. Pack in a bento box or other resealable container.

  • Stir together mayonnaise and finely chopped fresh basil leaves; season with salt and pepper. Pack in a small compartment of your bento box (or a separate resealable container). Eat tuna salad with basil-mayo, wheat crackers, and escarole leaves.

Cook's Notes

Prep the tuna-apple salad and wash and dry the escarole the night before. Then make the mayo and pack the bento box in the morning.