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Healthy No-Mayo Canned Tuna Salad Recipe – Easy and Delicious

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This delicious, Healthy, No-Mayo Canned Tuna Salad Recipe is perfect for lunch prep! It’s full of chopped veggies, a tangy Honey Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette, and satisfyingly crunchy. We love this Mediterranean Tuna Fish Salad served over a bed of lettuce, stuffed into pita bread, or eaten with crackers or crunchy bread. It’s also lovely served as an open-face tuna melt with melted cheese.

Healthy Tuna Salad with Lemon

The best part about recipes like this Healthy Tuna Salad is knowing lunch is ready. I work from home, and walking into the kitchen and grabbing a bowl of this delicious salad makes lunchtime easy. It’s a healthy meal with many fresh veggies that satisfy me until dinner. If you like this recipe, enjoy our Mediterranean Canned Salmon Recipe.

What you’ll love about this easy recipe:


  • It’s delicious and high in protein!
  • Has healthy fats from olive oil and tuna fish
  • Full of fresh veggies
  • It’s lighter than regular tuna salad
  • Full of Mediterranean Flavors
  • Fiber-rich salad from all the garbanzo beans and vegetables!

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following simple ingredients to make this delicious White Albacore Tuna Salad.

Ingredients for healthy canned tuna salad
  • Canned Tuna – We used Solid White Albacore Tuna
  • Bell Peppers – Red or Yellow
  • Red Onion
  • Cucumber Slices- deseeded
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Crunchy Celery
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Dijon Mustard – We used Grey Poupon
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper

Ingredient Notes

  • We used white albacore tuna, but any of your favorite canned tuna such as skipjack is perfect!
  • This is the recipe for the salad dressing Honey Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette.

How To Make -Healthy No-Mayo Canned Tuna Salad Recipe Step by Step

  1. Prepare the Mustard Vinaigrette by placing Mustard, Lemon Juice, Honey, and Olive Oil in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper and set aside. I recommend doubling the recipe to add salad dressing depending on how moist you like your tuna salad. Having extra Vinaigrette at the table is excellent if you serve this over salad greens. Add a tablespoon of honey to the Vinaigrette if you like a sweeter salad dressing.
  2. Chop the Celery, Onion, and Bell Pepper into fine dice. Either shred the carrots or use bagged shredded carrots. De-seed a cucumber and cut into a medium dice.
  3. Drain and rinse a can of Garbanzo Beans.
  4. Drain two cans of Tuna Fish.
  5. Add Tuna to a large bowl and flake the tuna with a fork. Add and all the veggies and drained garbanzo beans. Pour dressing over the salad and toss until thoroughly combined.

Variations and Tips

  • Add Kalamata Olives or Artichoke Hearts
  • Add a teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Add a small handful of fresh dill
  • For a creamier Tuna Salad, add two tablespoons of plain Greek Yogurt.
  • Serve as open-face tuna melt with melted cheese.
  • Add some Feta Cheese
  • You can use any canned tuna you like, such as skipjack, although we enjoy albacore for this recipe.
  • Add chopped green onions.

Storage

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Additions and Substitutions

If you like a sweeter Salad Dressing, another mustard we love is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Honey Mustard. It’s gluten-free and a family favorite. It isn’t easy to source at local grocers, but it’s worth the effort!

Frequently Asked Questions for Healthy Tuna Salad

Is Tuna Salad Healthy?

Tuna salad without mayonnaise is a Mediterranean version of classic tuna salad with mayonnaise. Most people add way too much mayo (in our opinion), and tuna salad becomes too gloppy. If you use mayonnaise, try using a light hand for a lower-calorie, lighter version. You elevate a classic tuna salad to a Mediterranean Diet recipe by adding olive oil and crunchy veggies. Another idea is to add a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt to add creaminess.

Bowl of No-Mayo Tuna Salad

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Healthy No-Mayo Canned Tuna Salad Recipe – Easy and Delicious

Healthy Tuna Salad with Lemon
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This delicious, Healthy, No-Mayo Canned Tuna Salad Recipe is perfect for lunch prep! It’s full of chopped veggies, a tangy Honey Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette, and satisfyingly crunchy. We love this Mediterranean Tuna Fish Salad served over a bed of lettuce, stuffed into pita bread, or eaten alone with crackers. It’s also lovely served as an open-face tuna melt with melted cheese. 

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 Minutes
  • Total Time: 12 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Salad
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • Canned Tuna- 2 Cans drained – We used Solid White Albacore Tuna
  • Bell Peppers – 1 Cup diced – Red or Yellow
  • Red Onion – 1/2 Onion Fine Dice
  • English Cucumber Medium Dice- 1 Cup deseeded
  • Shredded Carrots – 2 cups
  • Crunchy Celery – 2 cups small dice
  • Garbanzo Beans – 1 can drained
  • Dijon Mustard – 1 Tablespoon
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – Juice of half a Lemon
  • Honey
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/3 cup
  • Sea Salt – 10 Turns of a Sea Salt Mill or 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Ground Black Pepper – 1 Teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette by placing Mustard, Honey, Lemon Juice, and Olive Oil in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper and set aside. I recommend doubling the Mustard Vinaigrette recipe so you have additional depending on how moist you like your tuna salad. Add an additional tablespoon of honey to the Vinaigrette if you like a sweeter salad dressing.
  2. Chop the Celery, Onion, and Bell Pepper into fine dice. Either shred the carrots or use bagged shredded carrots. De-seed a cucumber and cut into a medium dice.
  3. Drain and rinse a can of Garbanzo Beans.
  4. Drain two cans of Albacore Tuna Fish.
  5. Add Tuna and all the veggies to a large bowl. Add Garbanzo Beans. Pour dressing over the salad and mix until thoroughly combined.

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