Here is a quick, no-cook lunch box for my 8 years old boy! It takes barely 10 minutes to put together the lunch box with Tuna Sandwich, and few sides to go along with it.
There are various different versions of Tuna Sandwich and I myself try several different ways to make it more interesting every time.
BUT, when it comes to lunch box, I stay away from experiments and stick to something simple that I know for sure he will eat happily. So, this particular version of tuna sandwich is utterly simple.
Ingredients you need for Tuna Sandwich:
Canned Tuna - My family loves tuna salad and sandwich. So we always have canned tuna stocked up in the pantry. Canned Tuna is a healthful food rich in protein and omega 3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.
Mayonnaise - Mayo and Tuna is a full proof tasty combo. If you however want to skip mayonnaise, you can use mashed avocado too with lemon juice or sour cream too.
A few other things that you can add to make it extra tasty:
Finely chopped red onion, or chopped pickled onion. Sweet relish is also a great choice to mix with Tuna. I skipped both these while packing the lunch box.
Sliced cucumber: I like the crunch cucumber adds to the sandwich.
Here is an easy Tuna Avocado Toast that you can turn into a sandwich too!
Making the Sandwich
It takes just 10 minutes to make this sandwich.
I toast the bread slices just for 1 minute before layering the tuna salad on the bread slice.
Spread some mayo on the bread slices.
Then I thinly slice the cucumber and layer it on top of the tuna salad. Some freshly cracked black pepper and that's it.
HERE IS THE DETAILED VIDEO
Canned Tuna I use
There are two types of Canned Tuna you can find in the market. There is Tuna dipped in water and tuna dipped in oil.
Both are equally healthy, and the difference is that Tuna packed in water has a subtle tuna flavor and suppose to be pure protein. Whereas, Tuna packed in oil has softer texture but a much stronger tune flavor.
We prefer Tuna packed in water, and we buy in bulk from Costco.
To make it for grown up kid's lunch box or adult's lunch box, I would layer lettuce or some kind of greens, slices of tomato, few slices of avocado along with the tuna.
My son is 8 years old, and so I keep the lunch box simple and easy for him to finish with few other varieties to munch on.
For this tuna sandwich lunchbox, I added some cherry tomatoes, chocolate cookies and assorted nuts. All these together makes it a balanced lunch box that is not too heavy or too light.
Tuna Sandwich Kid's Lunchbox
- 1 can tuna
- 1 medium size cucumber
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Using a colander, drain the canned tuna and transfer the canned tuna to a bowl.
- To the bowl now add the mayo and freshly cracked pepper. Give a mix and it's ready. (see notes below for other variations you can add)
- Toast the bread slices for 1 minute. Then layer the tuna mixture in one slice of bread.
- Spread a little mayo on the second slice of bread and press it on the other bread to make the sandwich.
- I sliced off a tiny amount of the sides and then for his lunch box, I sliced the sandwich into 4 parts.
- The sides that went in are cherry tomatoes, couple cookies and assorted nuts.