Tuna Salad

Ensalada de Atún

You may not think of tuna salad as a typically Mexican dish but it is very popular. You must serve it with crackers, usually saltines (galletas saladas), and a squirt of lime.

Mexican Tuna Salad

If you forget the crackers, you will get the indignant question, “b..b..but…, where are the crackers?” You must then present the crackers or no one will eat it.

The association between tuna salad and crackers is an unbreakable bond. Think baseball and apple pie or peanut butter and jelly.

This is our photographer’s preferred way to make tuna salad. You can add a bit of minced serrano chile or hot sauce if you want it piquante. You might also like our spicy tuna salad with avocado.

Mexican Tuna Salad on a Cracker


Mexican Tuna Salad
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Tuna Salad Recipe

Recipe for Mexican style tuna salad with cilantro and lime. This is our photographer's recipe. Tuna salad served with saltine crackers is a very popular quick meal in Mexico.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword how to make mexican tuna salad, mexican tuna salad recipe, tuna salad recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 310kcal
Author Andrés Carnalla


  • 2 cans water-packed tuna
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 8 sprigs cilantro
  • 3 small carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/2 head butter lettuce or lettuce of your choice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 limes
  • 1 package saltine crackers or your preferred crackers
  • salt and pepper to taste



  • Drain the tuna very well.
  • Peel and finely chop the carrot.
  • Finely chop the onion and celery.
  • Remove the stems from the cilantro and finely chop the leaves.
  • Place the tuna and the chopped ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise and stir well.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Wash and separate the lettuce leaves. Pat dry with a towel.


  • On each cracker, place a lettuce leaf and then top with a spoonful of tuna salad. Serve with a sliced lime on the side.
  • You can also use it as a filling for tuna salad sandwiches.


  • Add a bit of minced serrano chile or hot sauce if you want it piquante (hot).


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Sodium: 697mg | Sugar: 4g

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