Copycat Subway Tuna Sandwich Recipe

tuna sandwich on sub roll
tuna sandwich on sub roll - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

While Subway is known for its tasty tuna sandwiches, some are skeptical about the ingredients due to certain rumors about the provenance of the tuna as well as the hygiene practices that may or may not be observed by employees. Well, the one way to make sure you know exactly what's in your tuna is to be your own at-home sandwich artist, which is what you can do with developer Catherine Brookes' recipe that, she says, "features all of the ingredients mentioned on the website." She tells us she thinks this sandwich is "a close match for the original sub," but she's chosen to cut down a bit on the excessive amount of mayonnaise seen in one employee video that reveals how the chain really makes its tuna salad. She also adds a bit of lemon juice to the tuna salad to give it a tiny bit of tang.

"Tuna, cheese, and fresh crisp salad are such a classic combination," enthuses Brookes, adding "This Subway copycat recipe has all the right components for a perfect sandwich." If you're not a fan of American cheese, though, she says you can use any other type of sliced cheese you prefer. You could also leave the cheese out for a dairy-free sub, omit any of the vegetables you don't care for, or add other items from the Subway sandwich bar such as pickles, green peppers, or jalapeños since the chain makes each sandwich to the customer's specifications.

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Collect The Ingredients For The Copycat Subway Tuna Sandwich

ingredients for tuna vegetable sandwich
ingredients for tuna vegetable sandwich - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

To make the tuna salad, you'll need canned tuna, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. For the subs themselves, sub rolls, lettuce, a cucumber, tomatoes, a red onion, sliced black olives, and American cheese will be required. Brookes notes that "The original Subway version uses white sliced cheese," although Subway's menu also offers a choice of provolone, pepper jack, and a Monterey/cheddar blend.

Make The Tuna Salad

tuna salad in clear bowl
tuna salad in clear bowl - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Squeeze the lemon juice and remove any seeds. Mix this juice with the mayonnaise and the tuna. You do not need to use your hands as in the Subway video, since a spoon or spatula will do the job just as well.

Layer The Sub Roll With Vegetables

lettuce and olives on bread
lettuce and olives on bread - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Cut open the sub rolls and top the bottom halves of each one with a leaf and a half of lettuce. Follow this up with half the cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions per sub, then another leaf and a half of lettuce plus half of the olives, as well. If you're in the habit of rinsing lettuce, Brookes advises drying it with paper towels before layering it on the sandwiches "so it doesn't make the bread soggy."

Top The Vegetables With Tuna And Cheese

tuna sandwiches on wooden board
tuna sandwiches on wooden board - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Divide the tuna between each sub, spreading it out to cover the vegetables and fill the roll. Put a slice and a half of cheese on top of each sandwich, then cover the subs with the top halves of the rolls. As a last step, press down on the sandwiches to flatten them slightly and make them easier to eat.

If you can't finish your sandwich, Brookes advises wrapping it in plastic before storing it in the refrigerator, although Subway itself is partial to paper wrappers. If you don't need two sandwiches, she advises, "Feel free to half the recipe to make just one serving."

Copycat Subway Tuna Sandwich Recipe

tuna sandwich halves on plates
tuna sandwich halves on plates - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Prep Time: 15mCook Time:Yield: 2 SandwichesIngredients

  • 2 (5-ounce) cans tuna, drained

  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 2 (6-inch) sub rolls

  • 6 large lettuce leaves

  • ¼ cucumber, sliced into rounds

  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced into rounds

  • ¼ red onion, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives

  • 3 slices American cheese


  1. Mix the tuna, mayonnaise, and lemon juice.

  2. Slice open the sub rolls.

  3. Put 1 ½ leaves of lettuce on the bottom of each roll.

  4. Layer ½ the cucumbers and tomatoes on top of the lettuce.

  5. Add ½ the onion slices to each sandwich and cover each with another 1 ½ leaves of lettuce.

  6. Divide the olives between each sandwich.

  7. Scoop ½ the tuna salad onto each sandwich and top each one with 1 ½ cheese slices.

  8. Put the top half of each roll on the sandwiches and push down on them to compact the fillings.

  9. Slice and serve.

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