Aldi Tuna Salad with Crackers and Chicken Salad with Crackers

Last Updated on August 11, 2021

A couple of years ago, one of my kids was in an extracurricular program that met before regular school hours began, making for an early start to the day once a week. My child often likes to pack a hot lunch in a thermos, but on those days there was a large enough span of time between when we left the house and when she had her lunch break that it pushed the limits of the thermos and its ability to keep food hot, leaving us with food safety concerns. I wasn’t sure an ice pack could keep a lunchmeat or tuna sandwich at appropriate temperatures for that length of time either. My daughter’s options were to pack something like a PB & J sandwich or buy a hot lunch from the school cafeteria, with the latter option quickly adding up in cost.

Then I found these little tuna salad or chicken salad and cracker kits at Aldi. They’re shelf stable until opened, can be eaten straight out of the packaging (with a small plastic spoon included), and are the perfect size to tuck into a lunch box. The tuna salad and chicken salad are packed into small cans with easy-peel lids that are easy for middle-to-upper elementary students to open, and possibly younger kids, too.

Northern Catch Ready to Eat Tuna Salad with Crackers and Brookdale Ready to Eat Chicken Salad with Crackers

Fit & Active Fat Free Tuna Salad with Wheat Crackers

Northern Catch Ready to Eat Tuna Salad with Crackers, Fit & Active Fat Free Tuna Salad with Wheat Crackers, and Brookdale Ready to Eat Chicken Salad with Crackers cost $1.05 each for a 3.5-oz. package.

These are all Regular Buys, which means you can find them at Aldi all year. You can find them near the canned tuna. Northern Catch is Aldi’s private label for canned seafood, while Brookdale is the Aldi label for what you might call emergency food or camping food such as beef stew, canned chili, Vienna sausages, and other canned goods such as sloppy joe sauce. Fit and Active is the Aldi brand for foods with a focus on lower calories, lower fat, and so on.

As for how these tuna and chicken salad and cracker kits taste, they’re not as good as chicken salad or tuna salad I make at home, but my daughter likes them a lot and happily eats them, and she sometimes asks for them even when we’re not packing lunches. They’re good not only for packing in lunches, but they’re also useful as part of an emergency food stash or for when you’re camping or road tripping and picnicking at rest stops. They’re portable and easy to take along anywhere you need a snack or light meal.

Keep in mind that if you don’t eat the entire can of chicken salad or tuna salad in one sitting, it should be refrigerated.

Here’s more information on each variety.

Northern Catch Ready to Eat Tuna Salad with Crackers

Northern Catch Ready to Eat Tuna Salad with Crackers

This is made with skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) that claims to be dolphin safe. It’s a product of the U.S., and it may contain bones. It was caught in the Pacific (FAO major fishing areas 61, 71, 77, and 81) using the purse seine (free school) method.

Northern Catch Ready to Eat Tuna Salad with Crackers

Northern Catch Ready to Eat Tuna Salad with Crackers nutrition information and ingredients. (Click to enlarge.)

If you’re avoiding allergens, this contains egg, soy, and fish (skipjack tuna).

Nutrition information is listed separately for the tuna salad and the crackers.

Northern Catch Ready to Eat Tuna Salad with Crackers

Tuna salad with crackers.

The tuna salad is 82 grams and has 230 calories, 19 grams of total fat (25% DV), 3 grams of saturated fat (15% DV), 20 mg of cholesterol (7% DV), 220 mg of sodium (10% DV), 7 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), 4 grams of total sugars, 3 grams of added sugars (6% DV), and 6 grams of protein.

The crackers are in an 18-gram package and has 80 calories, 3 grams of fat (4% DV), 105 mg of sodium (4% DV), 13 grams of total carbohydrates (5% DV), and 1 gram of added sugars (2% DV).

Fit & Active Fat Free Tuna Salad

Fit & Active Fat Free Tuna Salad with Wheat Crackers

Like the other tuna salad option above, this is made with skipjack tuna that claims to be dolphin safe. It was caught in the Pacific (FAO major fishing areas 61, 71, 77, and 81) using the purse seine (free school) method. Like the tuna salad above, this also is a product of the U.S., and it might contain bones.

Fit & Active Fat Free Tuna Salad with Wheat Crackers

Fit & Active Fat Free Tuna Salad with Wheat Crackers nutrition information and ingredients. (Click to enlarge.)

If you’re watching out for allergens, this tuna salad contains egg, soy, and fish (skipjack tuna). The crackers contain milk, soy, and wheat.

I noticed this tuna salad is slightly higher in sodium compared to the regular tuna salad, but it’s got a lot fewer calories in addition to being fat free.

The tuna salad has 70 calories, no fat, 10 mg of cholesterol (3% DV), 340 mg of sodium (15% DV), 10 grams of total carbohydrates (4% DV), 2 grams of dietary fiber (8% DV), 5 grams of total sugars, 3 grams of added sugars (7% DV), and 6 grams of protein.

The crackers have 80 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat (3% DV), no saturated fat, no cholesterol, 95 mg of sodium (4% DV), 13 grams of total carbohydrates (5% DV), no fiber, 1 gram of added sugars (2% DV), and 1 gram of protein (1% DV).

Brookdale Ready to Eat Chicken Salad with Crackers

Brookdale Ready to Eat Chicken Salad with Crackers

This also lists nutrition information for the chicken salad and the crackers separately.

Brookdale Ready to Eat Chicken Salad with Crackers

Brookdale Ready to Eat Chicken Salad with Crackers nutrition information and ingredients. (Click to enlarge.)

The chicken salad is in an 82-gram can and has 140 calories, 9 grams of total fat (11% DV), 1.5 grams of saturated fat (8% DV), 30 mg of cholesterol (10% DV), 230 mg of sodium (10% DV), 8 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), 4 grams of total sugars, 3 grams of added sugars (6% DV), and 8 grams of protein.

Brookdale Ready to Eat Chicken Salad with Crackers

Chicken salad.

The crackers are in an 18-gram package and have 80 calories, 3 grams of total fat (4% DV), 105 mg of sodium (4% DV), 13 grams of total carbohydrates (5% DV), and 1 gram of added sugars (2% DV).

The Verdict:

Northern Catch Ready to Eat Tuna Salad with Crackers, Fit & Active Fat Free Tuna Salad with Wheat Crackers, and Brookdale Ready to Eat Chicken Salad with Crackers each contain a single serving with a small can of tuna salad or chicken salad and a small package of crackers. They are shelf stable, portable, and great for packing anytime you need an easy lunch or snack.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at rachaelsjohnston.com.

4 Comments

  1. Great review! Hurricane season is here where I live and these would be perfect. People love the chicken salad in the large tub but I think it looks SOOO mayonnaisey that I am afraid to buy it. How is the mayo to chicken ratio? Thanks 🙂

  2. Catherine McClarey

    Haven’t tried the Aldi versions of these products yet; however, I did pick up similar products from the dollar store for snacks during our recent vacation. Ended up not using them during vacation, BUT they were great for light meals during the Chicago-area “heat advisory” after we got back. There was usually more tuna salad/chicken salad than I was able to spread on the provided crackers; however, the leftover salad tasted pretty good on top of a “cracker sandwich” (the kind that come 4 or 6 in a cellophane wrapper) or a hard-boiled egg.

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