A Darn Good Tuna Sandwich

The tuna sandwich is probably the mainstay of almost everyone’s childhood in America.  It seems everyone likes the kind of tuna their mom made.  Many years ago when I had my restaurant, Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen, I made this recipe.  I never thought it was anything unusual other than healthy.  It’s the recipe I’d been making at home for years.  But, I had several regulars who ordered it almost every day and raved about it.  The pickle relish really adds flavor and allows you to use much less mayo than a typical recipe.  The skinny on this popular sandwich is 346 calories, 6 grams of fat and 7 grams of fiber.  A 6-inch Subway tuna sandwich has 530 calories and an astounding 31 grams of fat! Even though they prepare their tuna with reduced-fat mayonnaise, they add way too much! One yummy sandwich is perfect for a simple lunch and works great if you’re brown bagging it.
A Darn Good Tuna Sandwich

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 2 sandwiches

Food Fact

Tuna fish is a member of the mackerel family.  It’s found in warmer waters in the Indian, Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean oceans.  Tuna’s probably the most popular fish used for canning today.  About 3.5 million metric tons are fished commercially each year.

Healthy Benefits

Tuna is great lean protein when packed in water.  It’s rich in omega-3 nutrients, known to raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
There’s plenty of fiber in the multi-grain bread.

Shopping Tip

Milton’s Multi-Grain Bread is sold in most large supermarkets along with Trader Joe’s.

Serving Tip

I love to serve tuna sandwiches with a handful of carrot sticks and a handful of baked potato chips.  One of my favorites, Ruffles Baked Cheddar and Sour Cream!

Weight Watchers
 (old points) 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 sandwich
336 calories, 6g fat, 24g protein, 51g carbs, 7g fiber, 625mg sodium, 10g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 6-inch Subway Tuna Sandwich
530 calories, 31g fat, 22g protein, 45g carbs, 4g fiber, 1030mg sodium, 7g sugar


A Darn Good Tuna Sandwich

A Darn Good Tuna Sandwich

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 336 kcal


  • 1 (5 oz) can chunk white albacore tuna, packed in water, drained
  • tablespoons light mayonnaise (I like Best Foods Light)
  • tablespoons pickle relish
  • 4 slices whole wheat or multigrain bread (I like Milton’s Multi-Grain) toasted, if desired
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard or regular mustard
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 lettuce leaves such as red leaf or romaine


  • In a bowl, add the drained tuna, mayonnaise, pickle relish and mix together.
  • Spread one side of each slice of bread with mustard.
  • On top of the mustard side of two pieces of bread, divide the tuna and spread on bread.  Cut tomato slices in half and place on top of the tuna.  Top each with lettuce and place the remaining slices on top, mustard side in.  Cut in half and serve or wrap in plastic wrap and pack for lunch.


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 24gFat: 6gSodium: 625mgFiber: 7gSugar: 10gPlus Points: 9
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