Healthy Tuna Salad: the mouthwatering recipe for a light lunch

Total time: 10 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
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Canned tuna
15 ounces
celery, chopped
1/4 cup
Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup
3 tbsp
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tbsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
Celery seed
1/4 tsp
onion (optional), cubed

Light but creamy, this healthy tuna salad is the perfect fast, easy, nutritious meal to make when you want something healthy but aren't too keen on cooking. Made with canned tuna, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, and a few seasonings, you can make this tuna salad in 5 minutes.

It's easy to customize – add in extra veggies, kick up the heat with some cayenne pepper, or chop in some hard-boiled egg for a protein-rich meal that will keep you full for hours. However you choose to make it, you'll love having this simple yet tasty recipe in your recipe box.

Healthy Tuna Salad Ingredients

You can whip up this delicious healthy tuna salad with only a handful of ingredients, many of which you probably already have at home. The best tuna for tuna salad is chunk light tuna packed in water. You'll also need some mayonnaise and plain Greek yogurt. The mayo-yogurt combination will give you a light but wonderfully creamy tuna salad. A little lemon juice brightens things up while celery gives the salad an ultra-satisfying crunch. Add some salt and pepper, and dig in!

How to Make Healthy Tuna Salad

Making tuna salad is super easy. Grab a large bowl and mix the yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and celery seeds to combine. Flake in the tuna and chopped celery, then cover the bowl and pop it in the fridge for at least half an hour. That's it! You're tasty, healthy tuna salad is ready to go.


Tips for the Best Healthy Tuna Salad

If you don't like mayonnaise, you can use olive oil and lemon juice, or just use more yogurt.

Chunk light or flaked tuna is the best tuna to use for salads.

Use tuna packed in water rather than oil to make your healthy tuna salad. It has few calories and will yield a salad with a lighter texture.

What to Serve with Healthy Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is a hearty, healthy dish. You can put it on bread, pocket pita, or a roll to make a sandwich and serve it with a side of soup, French fries, potato wedges, steamed vegetables, or even tortilla chips.

Tuna Salad Variations

You can dress up your tuna salad in a wide variety of ways. Add in a hard-boiled egg or some chopped avocado. Jicama and apple will add a nice crunch and a little bit of sweet-tart flavor.

If you like spice, chop in some chilies or sprinkle cayenne pepper or a dash of red chili flakes into your salad.

Make it a heartier dish by adding pasta, quinoa, or couscous. You can also add fresh vegetables like bell peppers, corn, zucchini, olives, and more.

How to Store Tuna Salad

Keep your tuna salad fresh by putting it in an airtight container and refrigerating it for up to 3 to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Healthy Tuna Salad?

Absolutely! Frozen tuna salad will last for 1 to 2 months. 

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Combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and celery seeds. Mix in the tuna and celery.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.


You can use full-fat or reduced-fat mayonnaise.

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