Put some pep in your step with this spicy jalapeño tuna salad. It's easy, minimal ingredients and full of heat. Perfect for a high protein sandwich.
Why Make This Spicy Tuna Salad
If you love heat (which I clearly do) you will go crazy with this spicy tuna salad. It has a nice bite to it from jalapeño, cayenne and spicy pickle juice. This has moved up to my top salad for sandwiches, I have it on the rotation weekly. Don't worry, if you are sensitive to spice you can easily customize this to be a mild salad. Tuna is full of protein and it's one of my favorite spring/summer stuffing for sandwiches.
Canned Tuna. I use two 5 oz cans to make this recipe. I like to use a high quality albacore tuna. It has the freshest, cleanest flavor.
Mayo. I love mayonnaise with tuna. Feel free to use plain greek yogurt or reduced fat mayo if that fits your diet needs best.
Sweet & Spicy Pickles and Juice. You can also use jalapeño. You can find sweet spicy pickles at your local grocery store in the condiment aisle. Anything with habanero or spicy flavors in it will work great.
Seasoning. Cayenne pepper, dried onions, dried garlic (for crunch) salt & pepper.
Fresh Jalapeño. I like to chop up an entire jalapeño for this spicy tuna salad. To make it more mild, discard the seeds and white flesh on the jalapeño.
Fresh Cilantro. This brings everything together with a little chopped fresh cilantro.
Tuna. Use canned skip jack, salmon or chicken in place of the tuna.
Jalapeño. If you are sensitive to heat, use green bell pepper and half of a jalapeño instead.
Mayo. Use reduced fat mayo, or plain greek yogurt.
Sweet Spicy Pickles/Juice. Use sweet spicy jalapeño in place of pickles if you want or need.
Cilantro. If you do not like cilantro use parsley instead.
How To Make Spicy Tuna Salad
Step one. Gather ingredients. Finely chop the jalapeño and cilantro. * I like to give my canned tuna a little rinse to get the canned water off, this is totally optional!*
Step Two. Add all the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix well. Add more mayo if needed, this is up to you and your preference. Garnish with a little extra chopped cilantro and enjoy on toasted bread or on it's own!
Make any tuna salad healthier by using plain greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise. This adds more protein and bit less fat.
Yes, but some brands are mercury free and you can use skip jack tuna instead for a lower mercury level.
Yes! Make this recipe using shredded or canned chicken in place of the tuna if you are pregnant or don't like tuna.
Other Lunch Recipes To Enjoy
Spicy Tuna Salad
- mixing bowl
- 7-10 oz canned tuna *see notes
- 1 jalapeño, diced
- 1 Tbsp dried onion
- 1 Tbsp dried garlic
- ½-1 tsp Cayenne pepper *add as you go to taste
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ⅓-½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sweet spicy pickles, chopped *see notes
- 3-4 Tbsp sweet spicy pickle juice or jalapeño juice
- 2 tsp cilantro, chopped
- Gather ingredients. Finely chop the jalapeño and cilantro. * I like to give my canned tuna a little rinse to get the canned water off, this is totally optional! Just be sure the water is completely drained.
- Add all the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix well. Add more mayo if needed, this is up to you and your preference. Garnish with a little extra chopped cilantro and enjoy on toasted bread or on it's own!