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.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I still can’t get the hang of WordPress, but I’m trying. I haven’t been posting any recipes lately, but I’ve sure been busy, and busy cooking, too. However, since today is Valentine’s Day I thought I’d post a pic of my love and I sailing. We did a one week live aboard course with Colgate Offshore Sailing School this winter. This pic was snapped while we were cruising off of Captiva Island (I am the skipper!) on the Leopard 4600, the Escape Too.

Say hello to two (plus 2 friends) new US Sailing certified bareboat cruisers! Thank you, Offshore. We loved every minute.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends.

Make sure you tell your friends and family you love them. Better yet, do what we did in Kindergarten today – give them a genuine compliment. A compliment is: TRUE, SPECIFIC, and POSITIVE.

See? Everything you need to know you DO learn in Kindergarten.