Simple Lemony Tuna Salad Packable Lunch

No time to pack lunch? Try this simple lemony tuna salad recipe you can make at your desk. Just add lemon juice, salt and pepper! Eat plain or serve with crackers and veggies. I received free samples and compensation by Genova in exchange for recipe development.

No time to pack lunch? Try this simple lemony tuna salad recipe you can make at your desk. Just add lemon juice, salt and pepper! Eat plain or serve with crackers and veggies.

One of my favorite things to have for lunch is canned tuna. It’s quick, easy, filling and we always seem to have a can in the pantry. The other day I was making a quick tuna salad with a little dijon mustard and some chopped onion for lunch when I started thinking about packable lunches. I no longer have to worry about packing lunches since I work from home, but Isaac still packs and I know many of you do as well. So I started thinking about super simple packable lunches. Ones involving kitchen staples that you can make at your desk… perfect for those busy days when you don’t have time to whip something up in the morning and/or you’re tied to your computer all day.

No time to pack lunch? Try this simple lemony tuna salad recipe you can make at your desk. Just add lemon juice, salt and pepper! Eat plain or serve with crackers and veggies.

Canned tuna is perfect for this because you can literally grab the can and a few things to go with it and run out the door. Another option is just to leave a few cans in your desk drawer at work for busy days. With a can of tuna in your drawer, you an grab a side salad from just about anywhere, load on the tuna and boom — lunch is served.

Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil

Unless you keep a can opener at your desk, I highly recommend finding cans that have an easy-open pull tab. Genova tuna now offers this option with their Yellowfin and Albacore tuna and it’s super convenient.

I’m excited to be working with them this year to come up with a variety of tuna recipes. Their canned tuna is packed in olive oil, which to be honest, is something I used to avoid because I was worried about the added fat, but I’m definitely not scared of fat anymore… and you shouldn’t be either. Fat is good for you!!

Plus, Genova tuna is some of the best tuna I’ve ever tasted. It doesn’t smell or taste super fishy and when you open the can you see actual chunks of fish rather than canned mush. Added bonus — with olive oil packed tuna you don’t really need to add any additional fat (like mayo) to make a tuna salad. A little lemon juice, salt and pepper works great. I personally like adding mustard too, but I left it out of this recipe for simplicity’s sake. If you like mustard, definitely add a little in.

No time to pack lunch? Try this simple lemony tuna salad recipe you can make at your desk. Just add lemon juice, salt and pepper! Eat plain or serve with crackers and veggies.

The packable lunch I’m sharing today isn’t so much a recipe but more an idea for a quick and easy lunch option involving minimal ingredients. Most offices have salt and pepper so really all you need to bring from home is the tuna, your lemon and dippers (like crackers and fresh bell peppers). I love using the mini bell peppers because 1) they’re mini and 2) they have a bit more flavor than large peppers.

Packable lunch idea featuring a can of tuna, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve with mini bell peppers.

I think it’s fun to use the tuna salad as a dip, but if you want to switch things up you can serve it over a salad, toss it on sliced bread, or eat it straight up. Whatever floats your boat!

Packable lunch idea featuring a can of tuna, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve with mini bell peppers.

Speaking of boats, one cool feature offered by Genova is digital traceability of their products. By entering the number on the bottom of your Yellowfin or Albacore tuna here can you can find out where the tuna was caught, where it was processed and canned, what fishing method was used and even what fishing vessel caught the tuna. Pretty cool, right?

Simple Lemony Tuna Salad with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Ready to see the not-recipe for the lemony tuna salad packable lunch? Here ya go!

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A to-go container full of tuna with a fork in it, sliced peppers in a container in the background.

Simple Lemony Tuna Salad


Description

Easy packable lunch idea featuring a can of tuna, a lemon, salt and pepper.


Ingredients

  • Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil in Easy Open Cans
  • lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • crackers (I love Nut Thins)
  • mini bell peppers, seeded and chopped in half

Instructions

  1. Prepare tuna salad by combing tuna, juice from 1/2 lemon and as much salt and pepper as you’d like. Taste and add more lemon juice if needed. Scoop tuna salad with crackers or mini bell peppers to serve.

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    7 comments
    1. Anita
      March 24, 2017 AT 9:12 am

      Nice idea for lunch or dinner.

    2. Lindsay
      March 18, 2017 AT 11:01 pm

      I think my co-workers would kill me if I ate tuna at work. You must work somewhere where you have plenty of space to be able to keep the smell from wafting. But for an at home lunch it would be a good choice.

    3. Lisa jan Stephens
      March 16, 2017 AT 5:23 am

      Wow so glad I found your great blog.
      The chIA cookies big hit.I love can tuna also,look forward to more ideas.
      Blog name rocks.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 16, 2017 AT 9:11 am

        Hi Lisa! So glad you’re here. Did you find me through Facebook?

    4. Andrew
      March 15, 2017 AT 10:13 pm

      I love packable lunches! This is a winner for sure.

    5. Kori
      March 15, 2017 AT 10:51 am

      This is perfect! Canned tuna or sardines are my go-to when I don’t have another idea for lunch to pack for Matt and me. We love anything lemon, and mini peppers are sweet and delicious. Great job!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 15, 2017 AT 4:29 pm

        Thanks Kori. If you like lemon and mini peppers this recipe was made for you! Enjoy. 🙂

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