Tuna Salad

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The best healthy tuna salad recipe made with canned tuna, red onion, celery, chopped pickles and Greek yogurt. Perfect as a snack with crackers or on a sandwich.

I wasn’t always a fan of tuna salad (ahem, it felt like it was punishment in my childhood years) but as I’ve gotten older, I’m practically obsessed. It’s flavorful, protein-packed and the perfect meal prep recipe.

Tuna salad on an open face sandwich with lettuce. On a plate with chips and cucumbers.

For this recipe I used the same ingredients my mom has always used to make tuna salad but with a few simple changes. I swapped most of the mayo for Greek yogurt, used savory dill pickles instead of pickled relish and added in some fresh parsley.

I know tuna salad get’s a bad rap, but trust me… this version is delicious and something I could eat every week.

Mixing bowl with ingredients to make tuna salad.

Ingredients in Tuna Salad

  • canned tuna – I typically buy Albacore tuna because you get bigger chunks of meat that aren’t mushy. I really like the Wild Planet brand!
  • plain Greek yogurt – I like using full-fat, but you can use fat-free if you’d like. It will be more tangy though!
  • a little mayonnaise – I added in 1 Tablespoon of mayo for a bit of creaminess, but you can skip this or use more Greek yogurt if you’d like
  • chopped celery 
  • red onion
  • dill pickle
  • mustard
  • chopped parsley
  • sea salt and pepper
Spoon mixing up tuna salad in a mixing bowl.

Substitutions & Notes

Dairy-free – I made this with Greek yogurt and mayo for an added protein boost, but you can either use dairy-free yogurt or omit the yogurt and just use mayo. I know it’s counterintuitive, but mayo is dairy-free!

Additional mix-ins – This is my baseline recipe, but honestly you can always switch it up… I often do! Sometimes I use green onion instead of red onion. Sometimes I add extra herbs like fresh dill (so good). Feel free to get creative and make this your own!

Tuna salad on an open face sandwich with lettuce.

How to Make Tuna Salad

Drain tuna – Most tuna comes packed in water or oil and even if it’s not, there will likely be a bit of liquid in the can. If this is the case, you’ll just want to drain it off. I have this little can colander that works like a charm for draining tuna!

Chop vegetables – Start by chopping the celery, onion and pickles if you haven’t already.

Combine ingredients – Add the drained tuna, yogurt, chopped celery, diced onion, chopped pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, parsley, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Toss to combine, breaking up any large chunks of tuna.

Serve – Enjoy right away or chill before serving.

Bowl with tuna salad served over lettuce and served with crackers.

How to Eat Tuna Salad

One of my favorite things about tuna salad is how versatile it is!

  • Eat as is – it’s definitely a complete meal on it’s own.
  • Over a bed of greens – I am a volume eater so I love starting with a base of greens and topping it with this salad.
  • Lettuce cups – scoop into a lettuce leaf for a crunchy and fresh wrap. Romaine, butter or iceberg lettuce works great for this.
  • In a wrap – scoop into a whole grain wrap and add some greens for a little extra crunch and you have a satisfying wrap!
  • On toast/as a sandwich – I love this as both an open faced sandwich on toasted bread or a more traditional sandwich with un-toasted bread. You can also use this salad to make a delicious tuna melt!
  • With crackers or tortilla chips – This is a great snack or appetizer when eaten like a dip with crackers or chips. I’ve been loving it paired with my almond flour crackers.

How Long Will Tuna Salad Last?

When stored in an airtight container, tuna salad will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Because it doesn’t last super long, I usually make small batches and eat it in a variety of different ways (listed above!) to keep it exciting.

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Tuna Salad

4 from 39 votes
The best healthy tuna salad recipe made with canned tuna, red onion, celery, chopped pickles and Greek yogurt. Perfect as a snack with crackers or on a sandwich.
Tuna salad on an open face sandwich with lettuce.
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 5 oz cans of tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 stalk, 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced dill pickles
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise, optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon or German mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients: Add drained tuna, yogurt, chopped celery, diced onion, chopped pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, parsley, pepper and salt into a large bowl. Toss to combine, breaking up any large chunks of tuna meat. 
  • Serve: Enjoy right away or chill before serving. Serve with crackers for a snack or appetizer, on bread or a wrap for a sandwich or over a bed of greens. 
  • To store: Place salad in an airtight container in the fridge. The salad will keep for 3-5 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 298kcal Carbohydrates: 4g Protein: 39g Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 636mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tuna salad

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    39 comments
    1. Bev
      September 5, 2022 AT 2:09 pm

      5 stars
      Made this for tea 05/08/2022 I changed the celery for cucumber as I don’t like celery and also added some red bell pepper the dressing was lovely both me and my son enjoyed it and will definitely be making again thanks for sharing your recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 6, 2022 AT 4:14 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Bev. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Louise
      April 30, 2022 AT 8:44 am

      5 stars
      So tasty! I made it with no mayo and it’s so tasty – it’s as if it’s got mayo in but healthier!!
      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 2, 2022 AT 7:47 am

        Yay! I’m glad you’re loving this recipe, Louise. Thank you for sharing your review, it means so much to me.

    3. Kate
      January 30, 2022 AT 8:35 pm

      5 stars
      Love this simple tuna salad recipe! I am making it almost every week. Love it on crackers or toasted with a bit of cheese for a tuna salad melt. I forgo the mayonnaise and it is delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 31, 2022 AT 10:42 am

        Oh yay! So pumped you’ve been enjoying this tuna salad recipe, Kate. Thanks so much for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Amanda Watson
      January 30, 2022 AT 4:05 pm

      5 stars
      Hi there! Does this tuna salad have an entry for MFP?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 31, 2022 AT 6:53 am

        Yes! I figured out how to add it and it’s up. 🙂

    5. Becky
      January 24, 2022 AT 1:26 pm

      5 stars
      Surprisingly delicious! Can’t wait to have the 2nd serving for lunch tomorrow!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2022 AT 4:48 pm

        Woo!! So pumped to hear you loved this recipe, Becky. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

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