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