How long does Tuna Salad Last? [Shelf Life & Storage Tips]

How long does Tuna Salad Last

Some people like salad, and some people do not. Whatever kind of person you are, if you are fond of Tuna, you would definitely like tuna salad. 

You can make fresh Tuna salad at home or find it in your nearest restaurant. It is famous these days. 

You are trying out a Tuna salad Recipe for your family or bought some from a restaurant. You were unable to finish the entire salad, now you are confused about how long the tuna salad will last. 

Or how you can store it properly. You have landed on the perfect article if you are tackled with such questions. 

I am here to answer all your queries regarding how long will your tuna salad would last and how you can store it for better preservation. 

Let’s learn about the shelf-life of Tuna salad in more detail: 

Don’t have time here’s a quick answer.

Room TemperatureFridge Freeze 
Tuna Salad 2 hours3 to 5 days 2 to 3 months 

How long does Tuna Salad Last in Fridge?

Tuna in itself wouldn’t last very well in normal conditions, it must be stored in cooler temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Hence, Tuna salad should be stored in the fridge too. Because all the ingredients, such as the vegetables, mayonnaise, mustard sauce, etc., would last in the best condition in the fridge. 

Considering that you stored your Tuna salad the way required, it would last around 3 to 4 days in the fridge maximum of 5 days at times. 

Be mindful of the ingredients used in your tuna salad so that you can properly store them catering to their need.


How long will freshly made tuna salad last in fridge, freezer
Freshly Made Greek Styled Served Tuna Salad

How long does Tuna Salad Last in Freezer? 

Can you keep your Tuna salad in the freezer? Well, you surely can, but it depends on certain factors. 

If you have added mayonnaise to your tuna salad, then freezing it would not be the best idea because it may change its texture. 

But you can still keep it in the freezer. You can make some changes when you thaw it; you will be all good too. 

If you have stored Tuna salad in the freezer in the said conditions, it will last around 2 to a maximum of 3 months in the freezer. 

How long does Tuna Salad last at Room Temperature?

You must have known by now that Tuna wouldn’t last much longer at room temperature. Hence, any type of Tuna salad wouldn’t last best at normal temperature. 

USDA suggests that Tuna salad or anything made up of tuna shouldn’t be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 

So, you must eat your salad within 2 hours to ensure your tuna salad is good. 

This is because after the 2 hours, your tuna salad would be infected with microbes and if eaten such salad, you would get sick. 

Expanding the Shelf Life of Tuna Salad

Your Tuna salad is extremely simple to make. Do you want to know what is more simple?

To store your Tuna salad.

If you properly save your Tuna salad, you can add some extra days to its shelf-life. 

You just need to know some simple cues, and you will be all ready. 

Firstly make sure you’re using good and fresh quality Tuna in making your Tuna salad. If you use a low-quality or stale tune, your salad won’t last long. 

If you have some leftovers store your Tuna salad in the fridge in an air-tight container. Or you can use a high-quality zip-lock bag or a freezer bag. 

Storing Tuna Salad in Ziplock Bag and airtight container for Better Shelf
Storing Tuna Salad in Zip-lock Bag and airtight container

You can store your Tuna Salad in the freezer if you want it to last for the longest time. If you are planning to make a big batch of Tuna salad for some function shortly, then keep your Tuna salad in the freezer. 

You can also add lime juice to your tuna salad mix to make it last a little longer. Same way you can store your tuna pasta salad as they have almost same shelf life.

Best Temperature to Store Tuna Salad

According to USDA, storing your Tuna salad at normal room temperature is not recommended. 

They suggest that any temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit is a Danger zone. So the best temperature to store your Tuna salad is colder temperature. 

Hence, the best place to store your Tuna salad is in the fridge or the freezer. 

How to tell if Tuna Salad has gone Bad?

Even if you take the utmost precaution, your tuna salad will eventually go bad. 

Hence you need to know the cues to recognize that your Tuna Salad has gone bad. 

If your tuna salad looks slimy, it is a clear sign that it has gone bad. Your tuna can be a bit mushy, but not at all should it be slimy. 

If your tuna salad has a weird or off smell, then you should do a taste check. If it doesn’t feel right, then you should throw it away. 

If your tuna salad has mold or fungi growing, you know it better to throw it away as soon as possible. 


I hope I have answered your queries regarding the shelf-life of Tuna salad and its storage. 

If you are confused about any other food item, you can find it in our list of dishes. 

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