[Collegiate Meals] Bachelor Tunasalad Sandwich




A quick and easy recipe for tunasalad sandwiches with a minimum of clean up. This may not be the most flavorful tunafish salad, but a bachelor or college student needs fast, cheap food with a minimum of cleanup.

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Step 1: Get Materials

You'll need the following food:
Tunafish (1 can)
Mayonnaise (or salad dressing)

You'll need the following utensils
2 Spoons
Bowl (can substitute paper bowls)
Plate (can substitute paper towel or napkins)
Can opener (P38 is easiest to carry and clean), not shown in image

Step 2: Open and Drain Tunafish

I like to use this strainer (though more to clean up) and let the tunafish drain while I work on the rest.

Step 3: Mix Tunafish Salad

In the bowl:
Add one tablespoon of relish.
Add one tablespoon of mayonnaise.
Add tuna fish

You can use the mayonnaise spoon to scoop and add the tunafish.
This same spoon is used to mix the salad.
Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed throughout.

Step 4: Build Sandwiches

Use mixing spoon to spread two tablespoons onto a slice of bread. Add second slice of bread.

One can of tuna will make approximately three sandwiches. More tunasalad can be added to each sandwich, but they tend to get sloppy incurring more cleanup.

Step 5: Cleanup

If paper bowls were used, only the spoons and can opener need to be washed.

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    10 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Through my military training I did this a lot, but might I suggest switching out relish for (prediced) green olives, it tastes amazing. Also we found chipotle tabsco sauce + brown mustard added in is delicious as well (did this too many times, even as date meals a few times, sigh)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Definitely give the tuna water to the cats, it's so much less hassle than trying to keep them off the counter while you are making your food. Two suggestions: 1) lightly butter the bread, this stops the remaining water in the tuna seeping into the bread and making horrible wet gooey bread mush. 2) Tabasco. Seriously, tuna+mayo+tabasco is wayyyy better than tuna+mayo (If you like tabasco). I haven't tried with relish, though. Other than that, this was almost a staple part of my diet in university, along with ham+lettuce+thousand island. Is there a group for this type of food? IIRC there's a series called "College Meals" or something...

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    A few suggestions to make this even easier and with less clean-up (it could be used for camping/hiking too): >Use relish and mayo that is sold in squeeze bottles (they are more expensive at first BUT are refillable) >Consider adding a squirt of dejon mustard to the mixture for extra zing. Yum! >Use a quart zip-lock bag instead of a bowl and spoons. Just add all ingredients (you can guesstimate amounts), zip up, knead to mix, and then squeeze out onto the bread slices. No utensils needed, you can easily store left-overs in the refrigerator, and clean-up is easy (just throw the empty used bag away). Enjoy!


    11 years ago on Step 2

    Good steps. However, in my house, step 2 is replaced with: 1. Drain the tuna water into small bowls. 2. Place bowls on ground to quiet the cats who are undoubtedly meowing and rubbing against your legs.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I second that addition lol Our cats know when we're thinking about making tuna salad... it's their sixth sense lol