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Tuna Salad Quesadillas

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 quesadillas 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Tuna salad seems common enough. How about Tuna Salad Quesadillas? This is truly an accident happened in my kitchen, but it’s a very happy one!


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  • 1 12 oz can solid white tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped (1 stalk)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise, divided
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 4 medium sized tortillas
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. In a large bowl, mix tuna, green onion, and celery.
  2. Add lemon juice, a small pinch of sea salt and black pepper, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, and dill to the tuna mixture. Toss until even. Now we have a delicious tuna salad filling.
  3. Next, let’s make the quesadillas! Heat up a nonstick skillet over high heat. When the skillet is hot, place 1 tortilla in the center of the skillet.
  4. Quickly scoop 2 heaping tablespoons tuna salad filling onto half side of the tortilla. Spread out the tuna salad filling by the back of a big spoon. Place 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese on the other half side of the tortilla.
  5. When the cheese just starts melting, fold the tortilla in half. Cook each side for an additional 30 seconds or until the tortilla turns crisp and brown.
  6. Repeat step 3-5 to make the other 3 quesadillas.
  7. Cut each quesadilla in half and serve with salsa or guacamole, or both.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon mayonnaise in the left fillings to complete the tuna salad.


The reason that we don’t use 1/4 cup mayonnaise all at once is because we want to prevent the quesadillas from being too liquidy. By reducing the mayonnaise in the tuna salad filling will help.

Keywords: quesadillas