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 on an open face sandwich with lettuce.

Tuna Salad


Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 2 5oz 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

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. To store: Place salad in an airtight container in the fridge. The salad will keep for 3-5 days.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 298
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 636mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 39g
  • Cholesterol: 57mg

Keywords: tuna salad

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Recipe rating

    20 comments
    1. Savanna
      February 21, 2021 AT 3:39 pm

      How do you think avocado oil mayonnaise would taste in replace of the Greek yogurt? Unfortunately I am lactose intolerant.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 21, 2021 AT 8:15 pm

        You can totally use avo mayo instead of the Greek yogurt!

    2. Kara Perlman
      February 21, 2021 AT 1:35 pm

      Just made this and then ate it for lunch – it’s so good! I’ve always wanted to like tuna salad, but just couldn’t find a recipe that didn’t totally gross me out with its “gloopiness”. This is perfect – just moist enough to keep everything together. Next time, I’ll try it with dill and just a tad less black pepper. Thanks Brittany!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 21, 2021 AT 8:18 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Kara!! Thanks so much for giving it a try and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Ashley
      February 21, 2021 AT 12:19 pm

      Whoa. This simple is recipe is something else! I never eat tuna salad (or anything tuna) usually but I saw how you said you were the same way so I decided to try it out and YUM. This has totally changed my mind! It’s so good and I can’t stop eating it. You have the tuna touch.:)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 21, 2021 AT 8:20 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Ashley. I’m so glad you loved this recipe!! Thanks so much for tryin it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Nathalie
      January 31, 2021 AT 12:37 pm

      I have been making this recipe every Sunday for the last 3 weeks as part of my meal prep for the week. I have it for lunch during the week on crackers or in a sandwich and just love it. It’s sooo good… I can’t get enough! 🤗

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 31, 2021 AT 9:57 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Nathalie. So glad you love this salad. 🙂

    5. Sara
      January 30, 2021 AT 7:19 pm

      I am such a skeptic when it comes to using yogurt, instead of mayo, but I took a chance by using it for this recipe and was pleasantly surprised. This recipe is simple but flavorful and best of all, it’s healthy! I really love the use of Dijon; it adds such great flavor.

      I have enjoyed this toasted on grain-free bread, as well as inside a Folio’s cheese wrap. I have made a few of your recipes, so far, and they’ve all been hits! Keep the recipes coming.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 1, 2021 AT 12:55 am

        Yay!! So glad you liked this recipe, Sara. Thanks for giving it a chance and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    6. Anna Keck
      January 28, 2021 AT 3:53 pm

      I tried this and it tastes amazing!! I didn’t have the parsley it called for, but still 10/10. My new favorite tuna salad.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 28, 2021 AT 7:39 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you loved this salad. Thanks for coming back to leave a review, Anna. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    7. Corin
      January 26, 2021 AT 11:20 am

      Been trying to fulfill my tuna salad cravings without the mayonnaise, and this recipe is ingenious!!! I used all Greek yogurt, no mayo and it was so delicious 🙂 Adding the mustard and onions also adds so much flavor, and this is now my go-to quick tuna salad lunch recipe! I also add diced carrots for extra crunch.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2021 AT 8:53 pm

        Yay!! I’m glad this tuna salad was a hit!! I appreciate you coming back to leave a review, Corin. It’s super helpful for other readers. 🙂

    8. Laurie Jasper
      January 7, 2021 AT 4:16 pm

      I haven’t made tuna in years. Me and my family enjoyed this recipe very much. My husband asked if we can have this more often. Really liked not having all the mayo in there.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2021 AT 4:17 pm

        Yay!! So glad this tuna salad was a hit. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it, Laurie.

    9. Barb
      January 7, 2021 AT 5:35 am

      Than you for posting this recipe. I love tuna. I will definitely prepare this again and again

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2021 AT 4:12 pm

        Yay!! You’re so welcome, Barb.

    10. Kelly
      January 6, 2021 AT 12:58 pm

      So good! Quick, easy, and had everything on hand. And serving size is perfect for myself, husband, and two kids!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 6, 2021 AT 10:29 pm

        Thank you so much, Kelly. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the tuna salad recipe and I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment and star rating!

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