Sweet Potato Tuna Salad (No Mayo)

I tempted you with my no mayo tuna salad earlier this week on Instagram and I know many of you are interested in seeing the full recipe sooo… happy Friday to you, the recipe is here!

No Mayo Sweet Potato Tuna Salad

There isn’t anything too crazy about this little recipe, but there is a special ingredient involved = baked sweet potato chunks.

Most weeks I bake 1 or 2 sweet potatoes in the oven and once they’re cool I store them in the fridge for meals throughout the week. (Here are my tips on how to perfectly bake (or microwave) a sweet potato for salads.) They’re a great whole-food source of carbs and I like to put them on or in just about anything (especially salads), which is why I decided to add some to my tuna salad.

No Mayo Sweet Potato Tuna Salad

It worked out great and now I’m obsessed with this tuna salad — maybe even more so than this hummus barbecue tuna salad recipe that I dearly love. It’s extra healthy with no added oil or mayo and it has a nice crunch from the celery, plus a subtle sweetness that only sweet potatoes can give. I think you’re going to like it too!

No Mayo Sweet Potato Tuna Salad

I made a batch on Sunday night and ate it over salad for lunch on both Monday and Tuesday. It held up well and tasted great both days.

No Mayo Sweet Potato Tuna Salad

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No Mayo Sweet Potato Tuna Salad
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Don't forget to bake your sweet potato ahead of time so it's cool enough to handle and chop for the salad.
Serves: 2
  • 1 (5-6 oz) can unsalted tuna, packed in water
  • ½ cup baked and cooled sweet potato chunks (about half of a medium sweet potato)
  • ¼ cup chopped cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 1 finely chopped scallion, green part only
  • 2-3 Tablespoons hummus (I used garlic)
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Drain tuna and place in a small bowl. Use a fork to break the chunks into small pieces.
  2. Add sweet potato chunks, tomatoes, celery and scallion and mix together. Add the hummus and mustard, to moisten the tuna to your preference. I used about 2.5 Tablespoons of hummus.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. Serve.I enjoyed the tuna salad on top of a salad with romaine lettuce, cucumbers and mushrooms but you could easily place it between two slices of whole grain bread (like Ezekiel bread) to make a healthy tuna sandwich.

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  1. This looks delicious, I’m going to have to make it!!

  2. This looks absolutely amazing! It’s added to my recipe roll and I can’t wait to try it!

  3. I love making Tuna bowls for dinner! This looks like a definite must try!

  4. What a creative recipe for tuna! I can’t wait to try!

  5. OMG OMG PHENOMENAL!!!! I want to eat spoonfuls and spoonfuls of that deliciousness!!! I am going to make it with butternut squash and no hummus – I will mince up some garlic, and we shall see what happens! 🙂

  6. So funny! I do a similar thing, but I just top the sweet potato with tuna and a dollop of hummus. The combo for some reason is amazing!

  7. Alex has been working at a different location that doesn’t have a cafeteria with many vegetarian/fish options, so he’s been trying to pack his lunch. I’m going to send him this! He would love this for lunch!

  8. yum! I love putting avocado and hummus in my tuna salad but I have not yet tried sweet potato!! Thanks for the idea… I will definitely have to give it a shot!

  9. I’ve been having a slight tuna obsession myself…as well as a sweet potato fixation, since the ones grown around here are unlike any others I have ever had in terms of deliciousness. I am definitely going to have to make a riff on this! 🙂

  10. Made this for lunch today! YUM!! I used baba ganoush instead of hummus (since I had it on hand) and it made for an awesome meal over spinach and cucumbers!

  11. I made this for lunch today and had it between two slices of wholegrain bread! Wow, it is awesome! I used chunks of pumpkin instead of sweet potato and red pepper hummus and I can’t wait to have the second serving on a salad for lunch tomorrow!

  12. Finally made this morning for lunch today ( minus the celery since I dont like it). I had to try and it was amazing!!!! Thank you for posting, looking forward to eating lunch today.

  13. Just made this salad…absolutely great. Thanks!!!

  14. Yay I’ve been looking for a no mayo tuna recipe, thank you for sharing it.

  15. I’ve made this twice now and it was super delicious both times. Mixed up the veggies a bit depending on what I had on hand, this time had no tomatoes but added bell pepper. Thank you for posting it.

  16. How tasty! But if i added mayo would the overal flavor be affected?

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