You can file this spicy tuna salad recipe under the world’s easiest make-ahead lunches for work and school! It’s a flavorful flip to a classic tuna salad that will make your taste buds jump for joy!

A Twist On An Old Classic

I grew up eating tuna salad sandwiches. It was something I could make myself as a kid, and I have fond memories associated with it (especially around the Lenten season). Now, I use it as an easy make-ahead, budget friendly meal for the lunch during the week. It’s a lunch I can look forward to, and I know you will, too!

Did you know it’s recommended to eat a serving of fish at least twice per week? This recipe helps my family meet that! Plus, it only requires 5 ingredients. It can’t be any more simple!

If you’re a bit skeptical that your kids won’t like it, that’s okay! Let them try a little bite first or be prepared with a classic tuna salad instead. It’s easy enough to make them both at the same time.

Easy Spicy Tuna Salad

A perfect make-ahead lunch for work or easy Saturday lunch for the family! This spicy tuna recipe puts a twist on the classic tuna salad that bursts with flavor!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2 people


  • 2 (5oz) cans tuna
  • 1 small chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tbsp chipotle mayo I recommend Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayo
  • 3 tbsp plain greek yogurt


  • Drain water from tuna.
  • Chop bell pepper and celery.
  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Serve with leafy lettuce on your favorite bread or crackers.

Protein, Fat, Fiber

As with most recipes, I keep in mind my 3-for-3 method for planning meals. This means I strive to include a protein, fat, and fiber food in each meal for three reasons: flavor, satisfaction, and nutrient variety. This recipe meets all three: tuna (protein), mayo/yogurt (fat), celery/bell pepper (fiber). Don’t forget to add bread (I recommend a sourdough) or crackers, fruits, or veggies to make a nourishing, satisfying, flavorful meal!

Spicy Tuna Salad Meal Prep

Involving Your Family In Preparation

Including kids in the preparation process is helpful for their cooking skills, and the likelihood that they will try new foods. If your children are able, they can absolutely help you make this! Young kids can mix the ingredients, while older kids can measure the mayo or yogurt, or even chop the bell peppers!

I hope your family enjoys this flavorful spicy tuna salad as much as mine does!

Make-Ahead Easy Spicy Tuna Salad