Chopped Tuna Salad


Last Updated on February 29, 2024

A chopped tuna salad that comes together in 10 minutes, packs in so much flavor and is truly so fun to make! Prep this simple recipe and serve it with your favorite crackers for an easy lunch.

Chopped Tuna Salad

I’ve been seeing chopped salad sandwiches all over social media these last couple of months and decided it was time to make my own version. This chopped harissa tuna salad packs in so much flavor, and comes together in just 10 minutes.

This recipe is barely a recipe, since it’s so customizable. The idea is to add all of your salad ingredients to a cutting board and chop it all together to fine pieces.

I love serving this with whole-grain pita chips, or as a filling for a wrap or sandwich.

I used to always get salads from Chopt growing up but I love this homemade version. There’s something about chopping a salad super fine that not only makes it fun to eat, but brings all of the flavors together.

Think of it like the Cold Stone of salads.

How to make a chopped salad at home

As I mentioned, there’s no “real” recipe to this, since you can add any and every ingredient you want. The idea is to add all of the ingredients to a cutting board, and finely chop everything together using a sharp knife.

Once your ingredients are chopped, transfer them to a bowl and toss them together with your dressing.

chopped tuna salad
chopped tuna salad

What I added to my Chopped Tuna Salad

  • Greens: romaine lettuce and spinach
  • Protein: canned tuna
  • Spice: harissa paste and pickled jalapenos
  • Crunch: carrots
  • Added flavor: kalamata olives, banana peppers and hearts of palm

This salad is SO good with crunchy crackers to serve with, but I love repurposing leftovers as a filling for a sandwich the next day. There’s no going wrong with this one, it’s seriously one of the easiest lunches you can make!

Chopped Tuna Salad

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Chopped Tuna Salad

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  • 1 head 1 romaine lettuce

  • 6 6 -8 oz canned tuna, drained

  • 2 cups 2 spinach

  • 2 2 -3 hearts of palm

  • 2 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds or sticks

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 pickled jalapenos

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 banana peppers

  • 1 tbsp 1 harissa

  • 2 tbsp 2 kalamata olives

  • Red Wine Dressing
  • 2 2 -3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp 1 red wine vinegar

  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

  • 1 tsp 1 dijon mustard

  • Salt & pepper


  • Layer all of the salad ingredients, including the harissa, on top of each other over a large cutting board
  • Using a sharp chef’s knife, finely chop all of the ingredients together
  • Transfer the chopped salad to a bowl and toss together with the dressing.
  • Serve as is or with your favorite crackers. I love using leftovers in a sandwich or wrap.

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