Tuna Salad: A Refreshing and Nutritious Delight

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  • Serving: 3
  • Prep time: 9 m
  • Cook time: 0 m
  • Ready in: 39 m
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Tuna Salad is a versatile and healthy dish that is perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or as a filling for sandwiches. Packed with protein and a variety of textures and flavors, this recipe is a great way to enjoy a light yet satisfying meal.



  • This recipe will produce a batch of tuna salad using two 5-ounce cans of tuna.

Number of Servings:

  • Depending on its use (main dish, sandwich filling, or salad topping), this recipe should serve 3-4 people.

Total Preparation Time:

  • Mixing Ingredients: Around 5 minutes to flake the tuna and chop the vegetables.
  • Preparing Dressing: About 2 minutes to whisk together the dressing components.
  • Combining Ingredients: Roughly 2 minutes to gently mix everything.

Chilling Time:

  • At least 30 minutes in the refrigerator for the flavors to meld together.

Total Time:

  • Preparation Time: Approximately 9 minutes.
  • Chilling Time: 30 minutes.
  • Total Time: About 39 minutes.


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Total Nutritional Values

49.5 grams
32.5 grams
2.5 grams


  • Instructions

    1-Mix Tuna: In a large bowl, flake the drained tuna with a fork.

  • 2-Add Veggies and Seasonings: Add chopped celery, red onion, bell pepper, and capers to the tuna. Mix gently.

  • 3-Prepare Dressing: In a separate small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.

  • 4-Combine: Pour the dressing over the tuna mixture and stir gently until well combined.

  • 5-Garnish: Fold in the fresh parsley (and chopped hard-boiled egg if using).

  • Conclusion

    6-Chill: Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

  • 7-Serve: Enjoy the tuna salad on its own, as a sandwich filling, or on a bed of greens.

  • Conclusion

    This Tuna Salad recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy a nutritious meal without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Its combination of flavors and textures makes it a delightful dish that's sure to please a variety of palates.

Smart Tips

  • Choosing Tuna: Opt for tuna in water rather than oil to keep the salad lighter. Look for “chunk light” or “solid white” for different textures.

  • Mayonnaise Alternatives: For a healthier version, substitute mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or a mix of yogurt and mayonnaise.

  • Additional Crunch: Add chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts for extra crunch and nutrients.

  • Herb Varieties: Experiment with different herbs such as dill, chives, or cilantro for a flavor twist.

  • Lemon Zest: Add lemon zest along with lemon juice for a brighter, citrusy flavor.

  • Spice It Up: For a spicy kick, include a dash of cayenne pepper or a spoonful of chopped pickled jalapeños.

  • Serving Options: Serve the tuna salad in lettuce wraps, on whole grain bread for a sandwich, or stuff it in avocado halves for a low-carb option.

  • Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 2 days. Reheat gently, adding a splash of water if the pasta seems dry. Meal Prep Friendly: Tuna Salad is great for meal prep. It can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container.

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