$7.68 RECIPE / $1.92 SERVING
Here’s another cold lunch idea that doesn’t require any cooking!
This tuna salad lunch box is a popular cold lunch option, but you can’t make a few days’ worths of sandwiches and expect them to stay fresh.
Unlike heaping tuna salad onto a sandwich or a bed of greens, this lunch box is kept in the refrigerator for days, allowing you to pack your entire week’s lunch in one sitting.
These no-cook lunch ideas are ideal for hot summer days, work environments without a microwave, picnics, and road trips! Just below the recipe, you’ll find a list of more of my no-cook lunchboxes.
WHICH TUNA SALAD SHOULD YOU SERVE?
In your lunch box, you can use your favorite tuna salad recipe.
This worked wonderfully with my Classic Tuna Salad, but it would also be good with my Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad, Sesame Tuna Salad, or even my White Bean and Tuna Salad.
HOW DO YOU KEEP CRACKERS CRUNCHY?
Because tuna salad contains a lot of moisture, putting your crackers in the same box without any protection will cause them to weaken over time. To avoid this, wrap the crackers in a sandwich baggie with a folding top or pack them individually.
INGREDIENT OPTIONS FOR THE TUNA SALAD LUNCH BOX
There are more products to choose from if you don’t like what I packed in here. Cucumber slices, carrot sticks, pretzels, and butter lettuce leaves are all good options (to use as a sort of wrap).
Consider including an apple, orange, or a cup of yogurt on the side of your lunch to make it more filling.
THE TUNA SALAD LUNCH BOX
CLASSIC TUNA SALAD
- 2 12 oz. can chunk light tuna in water ($3.98)
- 1 cup diced celery ($0.35)
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts ($0.30)
- 2 green onions, sliced ($0.12)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise ($0.40)
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice ($0.04)
- 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
OTHER BOX INGREDIENTS
- 4 ribs celery ($0.52)
- 12 mini sweet peppers ($1.22)
- 20 crackers ($0.74)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING TUNA SALAD LUNCH BOX
- Drain the tuna thoroughly. The celery should be finely diced, and the green onion should be sliced. In a mixing dish, mix together the tuna, celery, green onion, walnuts, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together until it’s completely smooth.
- The leftover celery should be cut into sticks. Remove the seeds from each small sweet pepper by cutting them in half and scooping them out.
- Distribute the tuna salad among the four containers (about 1 cup each). Toss the tuna salad with celery sticks, small sweet peppers, and crackers in each box. Wrap the crackers in a sandwich baggie or pack them separately for added protection. The lunch boxes can be kept in the refrigerator for up to four days.
NUTRITION IN TUNA SALAD LUNCH BOX
- Serving: 1 box
- Calories: 573.98 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 18.93 g
- Protein: 44.1 g
- Fat: 34.8 g
- Sodium: 1409.73 mg
- Fiber: 8.03 g