Tuna Chopped Salad is a refreshing salad full of crisp lettuce and vegetables, crunchy Fritos, sweet peas, and white albacore tuna. This salad is so easy to make and perfect for lunch or dinner on a hot summer day.
Tuna Chopped Salad is a childhood favorite of mine! We would often eat it as a family for lunch on Sundays, especially in the summer. For more delicious meal type salads, try my Summer Berry Cobb Salad, BLT Tortellini Salad, and Berry Chicken Spinach Salad.
Chopped Tuna Salad Tuna
Tuna Chopped Salad is a crisp and refreshing meal packed with protein. This recipe makes 2 giant (adult meal-size) salads that has 32 grams of protein per serving! You can easily multiply the recipe if you’re making this for a family or guests.
I grew up calling this just Tuna Salad because it is an actual salad with lettuce unlike the classic “tuna salad” you put on bread to make a sandwich. So, I renamed it so I don’t confuse people… though this would be quite delicious between slices of bread.
- Solid White Albacore Tuna– For the best taste and texture, you must use this kind of tuna. I buy the Kirkland brand at Costco because it’s cheaper to buy in bulk. You’ll use one large 7-ounce can for this recipe.
- Iceberg Lettuce– I know it’s not the most nutrient dense but the crisp texture is what makes this salad so yummy.
- Fritos– These add a great crunchy texture as well as salty flavor.
- Peas– You can use fresh or frozen. For frozen peas I just place them in hot water for 2 minutes, drain and then chill in ice water while I’m prepping the rest of the salad. You’ll love the sweetness it adds to the salad.
- Celery– Adds a fresh crisp texture to the salad.
- Red Onion– The pop of purple is so pretty and onion is always welcome in my salad! The mild and sweet flavor make it idea for eating raw in salads.
- Miracle Whip– You can use mayonnaise but Miracle Whip has an added sweetness and other spices that make it more of a dressing and give flavor to the salad.
- Salt and Pepper– Season to taste with salt and fresh cracked pepper.
How to make Tuna Chopped Salad:
- Chop up the lettuce, celery, and onion.
- Drain tuna and flake with a fork.
- Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss together until thoroughly combined.
- Enjoy immediately.
I really do not recommend the chunk light tuna. I ate that stuff once and I couldn’t stomach it. Maybe it’s because I had grown up eating the steak solid white albacore tuna. It is the only way to go!
If you really want to substitute the tuna, I recommend using shredded chicken (rotisserie would work great!).
While Fritos are amazing and the best choice for this salad, you can also use tortilla chips or pita chips if that is all you have on hand.
Mayonnaise can be substituted for the Miracle Whip but you will be mission out on some spices and the sweetness that miracle whip contributes.
TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS SALAD:
Cutting Board– I love having various sizes of cutting boards and these are awesome because they won’t slip and slide around on the counter.
Pyrex Mixing Bowls with Lids- I love my mixing bowls with lids because then I am able to stack things up with the fridge. Plus, glass is nice for when I need to microwave whatever is in it.
Knife Set– I got this when I got married almost 8 years ago. I use them multiple times a day and they’re still going strong!
LOOKING FOR MORE SALADS? CHECK OUT THESE:
- Creamy Cucumber Salad
- Crunchy Asian Broccoli Slaw
- Southwestern Chopped Salad
- Creamy Grape Salad
- Broccoli Bacon Salad
Tuna Chopped Salad
- 7 ounce can solid white Albacore tuna, drained and flaked
- 4 cups Iceberg lettuce (about 1 head), chopped
- 1 cup Fritos
- 1 cup peas*
- 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup miracle whip, (or mayo)
- salt and pepper, (to taste)
- Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and toss until combined. Serve immediately.