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Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich

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This Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich prevents a hum-drum lunch or dinner with the addition of crunchy nuts and sweet, chewy dried fruit. Shake it up with your favorite add ins.

If you love tuna salad, serve this in a lettuce leaf for a light lunch or between your favorite bread slices for a delicious, yet substantial meal!

Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich on a seedy whole wheat bun

Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich

The hubby was in sunny Las Vegas for a meeting and I was home not having to cook our usual meat and potatoes type dinner. I can whip up desserts all day long, but it’s often drudgery to come up with meal ideas.

Grilled cheese, scrambled eggs and tuna salad are my go-to easy entrees for when I’m going solo. Adding dried cranberries for some sweetness and pecans for crunch make for an irresistible sandwich filling. And a squeeze of lemon juice added to the mayo is my secret weapon, if you love tuna salad, you must try this loaded Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich recipe.

Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich in a small white ramekin

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Tips for Making a Tuna Salad Sandwich

There’s no reason not to tweak this Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich recipe to make it your very own.

  • Not a fan of craisins? How about sliced seedless grapes instead?
  • Nut allergy (or like my hubby “faux” nut allergy)? Leave them out, but add a bit of extra celery for some crunch.
  • Are you a pickle fan? Diced sweet or dill would be terrific, and add some fresh dill if you like, too.
  • Add a some lovely lettuce leaves and/or slices of fresh tomatoes to each sandwich.
  • Bill would prefer his sandwich on sliced white bakery bread instead of a seedy roll, so pick out your favorite bread or rolls. I’m just thankful he will eat tuna. He begs for my tuna casserole every single Lenten season. I’d rather have this sandwich! If you’re not a tuna lover, this curried turkey salad sandwich is also fabulous. Hope you enjoy!!!
Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich on a white plate
Tuna salad on a bun on a square white plate

Tuna, Cranberry and Pecan Salad Sandwich

A simple, yet marvelous tuna salad with dried cranberries and pecans served on seedy buns makes for one terrific lunch.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2 5 or 6 ounce cans good quality tuna in oil or water, drained
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2-1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 4 hearty or seedy rolls, sliced
  • Lettuce, tomatoes, optional


  1. Mix tuna with mayonnaise and lemon juice. Stir in shallots, celery, cranberries and pecans. Tastes and add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Serve on rolls with lettuce and tomatoes if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 656Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1088mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 64g


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30 comments on “Tuna, Cranberry, Pecan Salad Sandwich”

  1. I love tuna salad and eat it very often because of diet. I am saving this!

  2. That’s funny, I just made tuna salad last week and was wondering why I haven’t had it in so long? Your sandwich looks great:@)

  3. Liz, I love easy peasy weekday meals like this and it’s completely perfect when eating solo. And yes, I can go with desserts all day long….

  4. You hit my other weakness I love tuna and this sounds marvelous!

  5. I’m always looking for new things to toss into tuna and chicken salad…it’s like a blank slate just begging for mix-ins. Love the cranberries and pecans in this.

  6. Tuna salad is one of my lunchtime staples. Love the stuff, and have it often. Rarely put fruit or nuts in it though, and I should — extra flavor, and an interesting mouth surprise. Good post — thanks.

  7. I love this sandwich, Liz! Perfect way to branch out of my lunch rut!

  8. This ticks all the boxes for me! Love the flavours! Perfect lunch recipe! 😀

  9. So yummy! This sandwich is calling me and I coming !! What a nice idea Liz ! I gonna to try to make it 😉

  10. OMT Lizzy!! This look fantastic!!!

  11. You sure do know how to jazz up a sandwich, Liz! And I wouldn’t swap out the craisins for anything!

  12. This sounds great Liz. I love the addition of the dried cranberries to add that touch of sweetness to the tuna salad. Tuna Salad makes a great meal for lunch, dinner or even a midday snack. Nice recipe!

    • I haven’t tried this recipe yet but I plan to very soon.  Can Miracle Whip be substituted for the mayonnaise.  

      • Hi, Connie,

        Personally, I like my tuna salad with mayonnaise like Hellmann’s but if you use Miracle Whip your usual tuna sandwich, I think it would be perfectly fine! Hope you enjoy!

  13. Tuna salad is often a forgotten comfort food. I love it and often make it when I can’t think of anything else. But no one ever minds!

  14. Whew! This is the third time I tried to get over here to take a bit of that amazing tuna sandwich of yours Liz. Every time I get here, someody either calls me on the phone or from the other end of the house. (Marion is defintiely back to her old self, lol…)

    Tuna fish is so easy to personalize. I’m liking your additions. And I LOVE tuna so…I’ll remember this for sure. I’m so glad I came back. Let’s call it for seconds and leave it at that!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

  15. Tuna salad sandwich is one of my favorite go to lunches. Love the dried cranberries and pecans in here!

  16. Oh… this is definitely my favorite for of lunch, Liz! I must try your version too! Looks terrific!

  17. This is already a next level tuna sandwich — similar to one of my faves, chicken salad sandwich! Lunch is much happier with it!

  18. Woow !! this is really something I’ll be making tonight. I’m glad I’ve dropped by today as I was looking for the white chocolate cupcakes for my boys 🙂 and found this recipe. I was just asking myself what’s for dinner tonight? and I do not want to cook :). Thanks Liz for the inspiration.

  19. Liz, I love this sandwich! I still buy canned tuna all the time and love it. . if you ask me, tuna needs more attention!!! love this sandwich!!

  20. The add-ins sound great! I think I’d like my sandwich exactly the way you made it.

  21. That is one good looking tuna sandwich, Liz, and the bun looks awesome too. I love the mix of ingredients. I remember those days way back when, when Bill traveled and I cooked anything but meat and potato meals. Take care.

  22. Delicious and healthy! What a great-looking lunch. And I love the texture on that bread, Liz!

  23. This looks perfect to me! I love that you added Cranberries and Pecans!

  24. Lizzy,
    I love celery in tuna salad. I must not have eaten enough for dinner because I could devour that sandwich.

  25. Great idea adding cranberry and pecan…these sure give the tuna sandwich great flavors and textures…I must try this next time opening a can of tuna for lunch…thanks for the inspiration Liz!
    Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  26. This looks so good! I would love having this for lunch…I enjoy the crunchy, chewy thing!

  27. What a perfect lunch, who would have thought of putting these flavours together? 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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