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Best Tuna Salad

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This is the Best Tuna Salad recipe. Tangy and a little spicy, it is healthy and also filling. Pair it with vegetables for a low carb snack or bread for a classic lunch.

This is a classic and healthy recipe that I’ve been making for years. I can’t believe it took me this long to share it here.

I think it’s because it’s so easy, I thought everyone already made it this way. But recently my mom visited and commented on how good it was. If my own mother didn’t make it this way, then I had to share it with you!

This recipe is super versatile. I like to use basic ingredients and then just throw the kitchen sink at it.

I made this batch to eat it with celery stalks, but if you are making it for a sandwich, you can add celery into the salad for extra crunch. I also like corn and even boiled egg added in if I have it already cooked in the fridge.

One ingredient however I never substitute is the mayonnaise. For me, real mayonnaise is Hellman’s (this is not a sponsored post). I just love the tanginess of it compared to other brands that are sweet. With tuna salad or any fish dish, I always like acidic complements.

Best Tuna Salad

This is the Best Tuna Salad recipe. Tangy and a little spicy, it is healthy and also filling. Pair it with vegetables for a low carb snack or bread for a classic lunch.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, easy recipes, healthy, low carb, low carb recipe, lunch, salad, snack, tuna
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 192kcal


  • 12 oz canned tuna in water
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced small
  • 1/3 bunch of parsley chopped
  • 1 carrot finely shredded
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
  • 1/6 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon juice


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2596IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

What type of Tuna is best?

I used to buy tuna in oil and many years ago switched to tuna in water and I don’t think it makes much difference, unless you are trying to cut out fat from your diet.

The one thing I am partial to is buying solid white Albacore tuna because I prefer the bigger chunks of fish in my tuna salad. Again. It’s personal preference.

What other ways can I serve this Tuna Salad?

There are almost unlimited ways to serve this Tuna Salad. Here are a few options:

  • Tuna sandwich
  • Tuna Melt
  • Wrap
  • Cucumber boats
  • Zucchini boats
  • Lettuce wrap
  • Stuffed bell pepper
  • Crackers

I really enjoy this easy recipe as a protein packed, omega-3 rich snack in between meals, specially when I am eating low carb.

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