Quick & Easy Healthier Tuna Salad
  • Alaina Hinkle

Quick & Easy Healthier Tuna Salad

Updated: Jun 15

I love tuna salad for lunch. I was the kid during Elementary school who would have tuna for lunch and then hide it underneath the table as I ate it, because I felt like everyone was disgusted when I had it... but I liked it! Hahaha however, not sure how hiding it under the table would get people not to smell it.... but hey! I was 8 :)

This recipe I love and it is super simple for week day lunches. Make this on a Sunday and have some to go throughout the week. Also Ainsley, I can tell is going to be the same kid as me during lunches in Elementary school, because she devours it too!

The thing though about tuna salad, is I feel that it is very mayo-y and so this recipe lightens up on the mayo and is a healthier version, to where you are not super weighed down by mayo, but I promise you will not miss it.

It does have cheese added to it, which feel free to omit! When I was breastfeeding with Ainsley, I cut dairy out of my diet almost entirely, because of how it was effecting her digestion. When I did that, I realized that subbing avocado in sandwiches was GOLD. So if you omit dairy try substituting avocado provides that creamy texture and taste.

See below for recipe, and I hope you all enjoy it during your lunches as much as me!


3 in water no salt added (5 oz) cans of white albacore tuna

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

3 tbsp mayonaise

1 tbsp light olive oil

2 tbsp yellow mustard

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp dried dill

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt

1/4 tsp paprika

2 stalks of celery diced or 1 large carrot shredded

4 slices of cheese diced

*salt & pepper to taste


1. Drain the 3 cans of tuna. Then take your fork and break apart the 3 cans of tuna into a medium sized bowl. Then in a separate small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mayo & olive oil. This makes the mayo stretch farther. 3 tbsp of mayo is just under 1/4 a cup. Which is WAY less than a lot of typical tuna recipes. Also I love the zing this combo gives it :)

2: Next add the mayo combination plus the mustard to the tuna and stir until combined. Then add in all the seasonings & lemon juice. Mix well until combined and then lastly add in the shredded carrots or chopped up the celery & the diced cheese. Then fold that in at the end.

3. Lastly, choose how you want to eat it!

+ tuna melt as see above


+open face with avocado mashed

+stuffed in avocado

+with cucumbers-- options are endless!

I hope you all enjoy it! Please tag me @honestfoodie_blog on Instagram when you try something or follow me on my facebook page Honest Grub, Honest Foodie. I always love to hear when you try something & #honestgrubhonestfoodie

#easylunches #healthylunches #mealprep #classictunasalad

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