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Warm days, cool lunches. We love tuna salad every way we can get it, from the classic mayo-based sandwich filling to a sophisticated seared tuna bowl with lettuce. Get our 9 favorite ideas for the best tuna salads, from fancy to no frills.

1. Grown Up Tuna Salad


Skip the kid stuff – sophisticated flavors like fennel and Dijon mustard turn this tuna salad into a lunch we crave. Use a very good-quality oil-packed tuna to elevate the flavor. Get our Grown Up Tuna Salad recipe.

2. Tuna, Olive, Avocado, and Green Bean Salad


Oil-packed tuna stars in this market salad. Bright with fresh vegetables and herbs, this is a summertime lunch that will power you through any afternoon. Get our Tuna, Olive, Avocado, and Green Bean Salad recipe.

3. Tuna Melt Potato Skins


Three good things are better than one, so stuffing crispy potato skins with creamy potato salad and topping it with melted cheese just makes sense. Get our Tuna Melt Potato Skins recipe.

4. Tuna and Cannellini Bean Bruschetta


Simple and quick, this recipe tops toast with tuna salad. Using canned tuna and beans makes it an affordable and fast lunch option. Briny capers and chopped parsley give the toasts a bright and fresh flavor. Get our Tuna and Cannellini Bean Bruschetta recipe.

5. Tuna Melt Sandwiches


A classic for a reason, tuna melts are always satisfying. Our version uses rye bread for a heartier lunch and capers and mustard to add some punch to the tuna. Your coworkers will be envious when they see this come noontime. Get our Tuna Melt Sandwiches recipe.

6. Grilled Tuna with Cucumber Salad


Just because you’re packing your lunch doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant. This dish pairs grilled sushi-grade tuna with a light Asian-inspired cucumber salad flavored with lime juice, chili, and fish sauce. Get our Grilled Tuna with Cucumber Salad recipe.

7. Niçoise Salad


One bite of this salad and you’re transported away from your cubicle to the south of France. The best part? This composed salad is easy to assemble ahead of time: Prepare the potatoes, green beans, and dressing in advance then toss it all together with oil-packed tuna just before lunch. Get our Niçoise Salad recipe.

8. Italian Tuna-and-Rice Salad


Italians know food, and this salad is no exception to the rule. Healthy and cheap, it combines rice and oil-packed tuna with olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It’s light and versatile: Turn it into a sandwich, serve it over greens, or roll it into a wrap. Get our Italian Tuna-and-Rice Salad recipe.

9. Lemon Avocado Tuna Salad

Martha Stewart

This recipe smartly swaps the mayonnaise in traditional tuna salad for avocado. It’s creamy, light, and flavorful with a bright garnish of fresh basil. Get the recipe here.

Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.
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