Thursday, May 10, 2012

Asian Tuna Salad Sandwich

Asian Tuna Salad Sandwich

Sandwich #3 for sandwich week = tuna salad with a twist.  It’s an open-faced sandwich so that you can see all of the goodness.  Just work with me here.

It’s not a secret that I love Asian flavors.  (Proof is here, here, here, here, and here.) It’s a real deal. It rivals my love for Mexican food.  Especially when it is this stinking easy!

I just needed a quick meal last week and I remembered Julie posting this Thai Tuna Salad.  I knew that I had canned tuna in the cabinet so I pulled it up but had only a few of the same ingredients. So I improvised.

Asian Tuna Salad Sandwich

My improvisation included this wasabi mayonnaise (which is amazing, if you like wasabi), some honey, some Sriracha, lots of ginger and sesame seeds and for some added crunch, chopped water chestnuts.  If you like quick, flavorful and (mostly) healthy meal ideas, this one is for you.  I have made it twice already.  The beauty is that these are ingredients that are always on hand in my kitchen.  And it can be easily doubled or tripled, and it’s not heavy like a lot of “salad” type sandwiches.

This one is beyond worth a try, and do some improvising of your own too!

Asian Tuna Salad Sandwich

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Asian Tuna Salad Recipe

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Total Time: 5 minutes

Simple tuna salad with Asian flavors like wasabi, seasme, ginger and soy sauce. Quick and simple and hugely flavorful.


1 can chunk light tuna in water, drained
1 Tbs. Wasabi mayonnaise (see note below)
1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup water chestnuts, chopped
2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. fresh ginger
1 tsp. sesame seeds, divided
1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. fresh chives, chopped
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. Sriracha sauce

2 slices sandwich bread, I used Udi's gluten free


In a medium bowl, break up the tuna with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, sesame oil, lemon juice, water chestnuts, soy sauce, ginger, half of the sesame seeds, honey, chives, garlic, pepper and sriracha. And stir until combined.

Serve on sandwich bread and garnish with additional sesame seeds.

Cassie's Notes:
If you can't find wasabi mayonnaise, simply use regular mayo, Greek yogurt or sour cream and add a small amount of wasabi to taste.

I also ate this with a spoon out of the bowl and it was fantastic. I think it would be perfect for serving with veggies, in lettuce wraps, on tortillas or with crackers or pita chips.

Asian Tuna Salad Sandwich


37 Responses to “Asian Tuna Salad Sandwich”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 10, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    I’m totally digging this twist, Cassie! I love that you used water chestnuts..they’re one of my favorite ingredients to add because I love added crunch. I’m not a huge fan of wasabi so I’d likely sub it out for one of your suggestions of greek yogurt! absolutely digging this sandwich 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 10:43 am

      The crunch is my favorite! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 10, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    I just posted a tuna recipe too! We’re so cool.

    And I absolutely love this asian tuna salad. Mine was more of a pesto-based. Maybe we should do a trade 🙂

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    Kathryn — May 10, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    I love open sandwiches like these because I feel like I can justify eating two of them 😉 Another great sandwich!

    • Cassie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 10:43 am

      Thanks Kathryn!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 10, 2012 @ 8:00 am


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    Cookbook Queen — May 10, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    I looove Tuna sandwiches…and sesame seeds!! This sounds crunchy and yummy!!

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    Sheila — May 10, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Asian is my rival for mexican too! One of my all time favorite restaurants is in Phoenix its mexican with an asian spin….hmmm can’t remember the name of it.
    So yummy!

    • Cassie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      That sounds so interesting! I would love to give it a try.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — May 10, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I’ve made Julie’s thai salad before too and didn’t think it could get much better but wasabi mayo sounds utterly amazing!

    • Cassie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      It is so good, if you like wasabi, you’ll love it!

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 10, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Mmmm…I think it’s safe to say I love pretty much anything with wasabi. These look delish!

    • Cassie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 10:43 am

      Me too…we should have a sushi date!

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    love2dine — May 10, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Woah! I love it! 😀

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — May 10, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I’m a sucker for asian flavors, too. It’s actually the sesame oil that turns me into a panting fool. I think I would really like this!

    • Cassie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 10:39 am

      Me too, Sally! I love the stuff!

  11. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 10, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    It’s all about the crunch, I love it!

  12. #
    Bev Weidner — May 10, 2012 @ 10:29 am


  13. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    The Sandwich Queen is at it again…looks great!

  14. #
    Mai Nguyen — May 10, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Can you say yum? I could so go for this right now for lunch.

  15. #
    Therese — May 10, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Awesome! I am adding tuna to my grocery list. Also, I recently mashed up 1/2 an avocado into my tuna salad instead of mayo. Outstanding.

    • Cassie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

      Avocado + tuna is a brilliant idea!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — May 10, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    The sandwiches just keep getting better, Cassie! This looks so awesome….such great flavors. Love the water chestnuts, ginger & sriracha. Can’t wait to see what’s up next!!

  17. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — May 10, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    I love that you added Wasabi to your tuna sandwich. So brilliant.

  18. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 10, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Honestly my favorite addition is the garlic. I always keep my tuna pretty basic but that’s a fun twist.

  19. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — May 10, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    I am 100% on board with this sandwich. And by that, I mean I want one immediately!

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    Liz — May 10, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    I’ve never tried an Asian tuna salad, but I’m loving the sound of yours!!! My next tuna sandwich will be this one…yummy!

  21. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — May 10, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! I’m all about tuna sandwiches lately and I can’t wait to try yours. YUM!

  22. #
    Anna — May 10, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Mmmm, I’ll have to make this one day when Carl isn’t home, tuna is the one food he hates with undying passion, but I love a good tuna sandwich, and this looks totally worth putting up with his complaints about the smell in the house!

  23. #
    Deborah — May 11, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    You had me at wasabi mayo!! Delish!

  24. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — May 11, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    ahhh LOVE the Asian flavors! I would have never thought of sprucing my tuna up like this.

  25. #
    Ramona — May 11, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    I love a good tuna salad…. this looks amazing. Asian flavors rock… great idea. 🙂

  26. #
    Sheila — May 11, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    I had to find the name of that restaurant! If you are ever in Phoenix you have to try Chino Bandido
    It’s aaawwSUM!

    • Cassie replied: — May 13th, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

      Thanks so much for looking it up, I’m going to check it out. I love the concept!

  27. #
    Tracey — May 14, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Haha, I love Mexican and Asian flavors too – they’re some of the things we cook most at our house! I have been looking for a way to use up a can of tuna from my pantry, this just might be the answer. It sounds great!!


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