The Humble Tuna Fish Sandwich Gets Fancied Up

When I was growing up, tuna was the only sandwich that went to the beach with us. My mom would keep it simple. Solid white tuna, Hellman’s mayonnaise, and celery.  We’d head to Gloucester and my dad would scuba dive from shore and bring back giant quahogs that he’d turn into delicious stuffed clams for dinner. The sandwiches were wrapped in foil and with each careful unfurling of foil I’d add a little bit of sand from my  fingers so that each bite was punctuated by a grinding on my teeth.

Some things never change. Tuna is still a must for a day on the beach or the boat. The only change is that every once in a while I add a little something-something to my tuna. A little crunch here. A little sweetness there. Sometimes I add red onion, sometimes I don’t. This recipe is always appreciated, though.

And don’t forget! Everything tastes better when it’s eaten outside.

A humble sunset anniversary picnic with a bottle of Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée on board French Whine, moored off of Portuguese Cove. (It was our 23rd anniversary)

Makes 4 good-sized sandwiches


2 cans of BUMBLE BEE® Prime Fillet® Solid White Albacore Very Low Sodium in Water (dolphin safe) tuna

⅓C chopped walnuts

⅓C cheddar cheese, diced into very small pieces (or grated)

⅓C fresh granny smith or gala apple, peeled and diced into very small pieces

⅓C plus 2T real mayonnaise, NOT Miracle Whip

4 rolls or 8 slices of bread (there’s nothing wrong with good old white bread here)


Mix it all together. If you like a drier tuna sandwich you can omit the extra 2T of mayonnaise. If you like it creamier, add more mayonnaise. Adjust seasonings.

Tastes best wrapped in foil on the beach.

Note: I use Hain’s Safflower Mayonnaise

Hand me a fork.
Tastes best as is: tuna mixture and bread.

One thought on “The Humble Tuna Fish Sandwich Gets Fancied Up

  1. Dad and I still take tuna sandwiches with us when we go on our boat. For some weird reason, we both like it a little soggy. I guess that’s a memory from when we
    were kids and taking our sandwiches to the beach. Someone wrote in my Jr. High yearbook “Good Luck to the tina fish kid.”

    Thanks for the recipe, I will try it

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