August 8, 2020

Healthy Tuna Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free)

Healthy tuna salad filled with fresh veggies, briny capers, and plenty of fresh herbs. This delicious tuna salad is made with good for you ingredients. It is the perfect recipe to prep for a quick and easy lunch at the beginning of the week!

tuna salad, crackers, tomatoes, and celery on a grey plate

The Best Healthy Tuna Salad

Anyone else love a good tuna salad? It is one of my favorite recipes to make for a quick, easy, and satisfying lunch. Tuna is packed with protein and when you add a little mayonnaise to the mix you also include a great source of healthy fats. This healthy tuna salad is made with fresh veggies, capers, and fresh herbs to add incredible flavor and take your tuna salad to the next level. Not only is it delicious, this recipe is Paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant, and Keto-friendly. Whip up a batch for lunch this week!

Is Tuna Salad Healthy?

Tuna salad can sometimes have a bit of negative reputation when it comes to healthy eating, but when made with real food ingredients it can be a great source of protein and healthy fats. The key is to use canned tuna that has been packed in water, not oil, as well as a mayonnaise that has been made with a high quality oil and without any added sweetener. This brand of mayonnaise is my favorite to use in all of my recipes calling for mayo.

red onion, celery, parsley, dill, mustard, capers, tuna, and mayo in glass mixing bowl

Tuna Salad Ingredients

Canned Tuna: Tuna is packed with lean protein and is a great quick healthy option. Be sure to pick canned tuna that has been packed in water and not oil.

Mayonnaise: Pick a mayonnaise made a high quality oil like avocado oil to keep this tuna salad healthy.

Dijon Mustard: A little bit of this goes a long way and adds just the right amount of flavor to the tuna salad.

Celery: Every good tuna salad needs a little crunch and fresh celery adds both crunch and flavor.

Capers: Capers have a briny flavor that works really well with seafood. Just a few tablespoons in this tuna salad take things to a whole new level.

Red Onion: For even more flavor. Be sure to finely dice the red onion to avoid having huge chunks in your tuna salad.

Parsley and Dill: This tuna salad gets an extra kick of fresh flavor from herbs.

Healthy Tuna Salad with With Greek Yogurt

Don’t love mayonnaise? You can easily substitute plain Greek yogurt for mayonnaise in this recipe instead. Greek yogurt is a great substitute for mayonnaise in many recipes, like this Curry Chicken Salad, and will also pack an extra punch of protein in your tuna salad.

Another great option to use in place of mayonnaise is mashed avocado! Once the avocado is mashed and creamy it works really well as a binder for your tuna salad. Plus, it gives you another great dose of healthy fats.

tuna salad in mixing bowl with fork

How to Make Healthy Tuna Salad

Making this healthy tuna salad is incredibly quick and easy. Five minutes is all you really need!

Step One: Drain the water from the canned tuna. You don’t want soggy, watery tuna salad so be sure to drain all of the water from the canned tuna before adding it to your mixing bowl. I like to press the lid of the can against the tuna to ensure that all of the water has been removed.

Step Two: Next, add the mayonnaise, mustard, capers, celery, onion, capers, lemon juice, fresh herbs, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the tuna in the mixing bowl.

Step Three: Stir everything until well combined and give the tuna salad a taste. Adjust the levels of salt and pepper to fit your tastebuds and then either serve immediately or place the tuna salad in an air-tight container in the fridge.

How Long Does Tuna Salad Keep?

Tuna salad will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for three to four days.

How to Serve Tuna Salad?

There are several different ways you can serve this healthy tuna salad.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Pair it with crackers and fresh veggies
  • Make a tuna salad sandwich on your favorite toasted bread
  • Scoop it into lettuce wraps

tuna salad, tomatoes, celery, and crackers on plate

More Healthy Protein Packed Salads to Love

Healthy Homemade Chicken Salad

Chipotle Chicken Salad

Greek Chickpea Salad

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Pesto Chicken Salad

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Healthy Tuna Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 25oz cans tuna packed in water, drained
  • 1/3 cup Whole30 compliant mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Method

  1. Add the canned tuna, mayonnaise, mustard, capers, celery, onion, capers, lemon juice, fresh herbs, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the tuna in the mixing bowl.
  2. Stir everything until well combined and give the tuna salad a taste. Adjust the levels of salt and pepper to fit your tastebuds and then either serve immediately or place the tuna salad in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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