Soup, Salad, Sandwich

It’s a bread lover’s tuna salad sandwich

It’s more about the crusty, spongy in the middle, toasty seeds on top, breads than anything I put on my homemade sandwiches. I’m a bread lover not a bread baker and my toppings are simple, like my tuna salad with truckloads of crunch from diced celery.

We hit the road this weekend to New Ulm, Minnesota for a girls hockey tournament. It’s one of the few towns within hours of us that I know still has a small-town bakery. Like the town’s streets, German history wafts from The Bäckerei’s ovens.

The Backerei and Coffee Shop in New Ulm MN

We bought dark buns brushed with a hint of butter and a sprinkle of salt. We ate them before we left town. The other one, pictured at top, was called “something in German that I don’t remember,” and “they are like an onion bread.” Whatever it is, a crunchy tuna salad goes perfect right on top of it. (And yes, it really was orange.)

Even though you likely have your own favorite tuna salad recipe, it’s a good reminder to stop and smell the fresh bread once in a while. Bring a loaf home and make yourself a special sandwich.

Staci's Simple Tuna Salad


  • 1 (2.6 ounce) package Albacore white tuna in water
  • 1 Tablespoon finely diced red onion
  • chopped celery, I use at least 1/2 cup
  • mayonnaise to taste
  • a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
  • a few dashes of onion salt
  • a few dashes of garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
  • enough lettuce leaves to cover the entire bread
  • sliced red peppers
  • a couple of slices of your most favorite bread in the whole world


  1. Drain tuna. Mix tuna and next 7 ingredients in a medium bowl until combined.

  2. Make a sandwich using tuna salad, peppers, lettuce, and bread.

  3. Store tuna salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Relax. I made a cheesecake, I didn't fold a fitted sheet.


  1. Hi Jessica! It IS a small world – that is really neat. I’ve been to their bakery twice. My sister is the one who showed it to me the first time. We enjoy the variety of baked goods and the breads. I especially love those mini angel food cakes – the perfect size for my grandma. I’m so glad you stumbled here and I hope you stop by often. 🙂 Staci

  2. I stumbled upon your blog and couldn’t believe it when I saw a picture of The Backerei. This is my parent’s bakery- small world! 🙂

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