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Healthy Tuna Salad Recipes 4 Ways (Whole30, Keto)

These 4 healthy tuna salad recipes are the answer to your boring lunch time routine!

These Whole30 tuna salad recipes are packed with flavor and fresh vegetables and you won’t believe how easy they are to make! Whole30, paleo, low carb, and keto friendly!

Collage of Healthy Tuna Salad Recipes 4 ways.

Why you are going to love these recipes

  • Tuna salad is inexpensive and a great source of protein! Perfect for healthy lunches!
  • These healthy tuna salad recipes are not boring or bland and you can make enough for 1-4 people all at once for each recipe!
  • Try a new recipe a week to bring more flavor into your lunch routine!
  • These low carb tuna salad recipes are made with no-mayo and are dairy free, egg free and gluten free! Pack them in lettuce cups, cucumber boats, or stuff them in bell peppers for a satisfying meal!
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Why should you try these healthy tuna salad recipes?

These paleo tuna salad recipes are not just packed with flavor, but they are also packed with veggies! If you struggle with thinking of new combinations for your lunch or you have trouble getting in enough vegetables, you have to try these recipes!

Bowl filled with Chipotle Ranch Tuna Salad ingredients after stirring.

How to make healthy tuna salad – 4 different ways

Chipotle ranch tuna salad

This healthy tuna salad recipe is spicy and packed with crunchy vegetables! The chipotle ranch dressing is creamy, spicy, and helps take the tuna to a whole new level!

How to Serve it: This spicy tuna salad recipe would pair perfectly with tortilla chips, cucumber slices or stuffed in a bell pepper or in an avocado!

  • Canned Tuna
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped peppers (red and yellow)
  • Chopped red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Chipotle Ranch Dressing
  • Salt (optional)
Bowl filled with Chipotle Ranch Tuna Salad ingredients before stirring.

Sesame ginger asian tuna salad

The combination of sesame ginger dressing with fresh vegetables is the perfect healthy tuna salad recipe to get you out of your normal lunch routine!

How to Serve it: This Whole30 tuna salad recipe would pair perfectly with cucumber boats, stuffed in a pepper or in an avocado or with homemade flax crackers!

  • Canned tuna
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Shredded carrots
  • Chopped red pepper
  • Chopped green onion
  • Sesame Ginger Dressing
  • Salt (optional)
Bowl filled with sesame ginger asian tuna salad ingredients before stirring.

Creamy balsamic tuna salad

Creamy balsamic dressing paired with tuna, fresh tomatoes and basil create the perfect refreshing tuna salad recipe! This salad tastes like summer in a bowl!

How to Serve it: You can serve this creamy balsamic tuna salad in lettuce wraps, with cucumber slices or carrot chips, homemade pumpkin seed crackers, stuffed in a heirloom tomato or in a bell pepper.

Bowl filled with Creamy Balsamic Tuna Salad ingredients before stirring.

Italian chopped tuna salad

This Italian chopped tuna salad is everything you love about a chopped salad, with canned tuna added! The creamy Italian dressing is the perfect complement to this salad and gives it a fresh zesty bite! You are going to want to make this again and again!

How to Serve it:  Serve this Whole30 tuna salad with lettuce cups, on top of a bed of greens, homemade flax crackers, sliced cucumbers or carrot chips, stuffed in a bell pepper, tomato or avocado.

  • Canned tuna
  • Chopped artichokes
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Chopped roasted red pepper
  • Chopped spinach
  • Italian Dressing
  • Salt (optional)
Bowl filled with Italian Chopped Tuna Salad ingredients before stirring.

How to serve these recipes

  • On a bed of salad greens (with more salad dressing)
  • In lettuce cups or on romaine lettuce boats
  • In a collard green wrap
  • Stuffed in a cucumber
  • Stuffed in a bell pepper
  • Stuffed in an avocado
  • Stuffed in a tomato
  • With cucumber slices, carrot chips, homemade crackers
  • On a sandwich or wrap
Bowl filled with sesame ginger asian tuna salad ingredients after stirring.
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Healthy tuna salad common questions

What is the best kind of tuna to use for tuna salad?

There are many options of tuna salad out there and they are not all created equally. Many brands of canned tuna have added unnecessary ingredients, so be sure the only ingredients are tuna, water (or olive oil) and salt (optional). Also it’s important that you choose a brand that supports sustainable fishing techniques. You want to look for pole caught, line caught or troll caught on the label specifically.

Albacore tuna and yellowfin tuna are the least fishy tasting, but are also known to have higher levels of mercury. If you are choosing an albacore or yellowfin tuna, you should probably limit your daily consumption to once or twice a week.
Skipjack tuna has a much stronger fishy taste but has much less mercury (3-4 times less than albacore). If you are going to eat tuna regularly, this might be a better option.
– Canned tuna comes in 3 varieties. Solid, chunk and flaked tuna. For tuna salad, chunk tuna is best as it has the perfect texture for tuna salad and is less expensive than the solid canned tuna.
– What brands of tuna are best? I really love Safe Catch, Wild Planet, Thrive Market brand, and Trader Joe’s brand. You can find Safe Catch and Wild Planet in most grocery stores, Whole Foods, Amazon and Thrive Market. If you are interested in checking out Thrive Market, you can get 25% off your first order!Bowl filled with Creamy Balsamic Tuna Salad ingredients after stirring.

Can you make tuna salad without canned tuna?

You can make these recipes with other proteins as well! Try them with:

– Canned salmon
– Shredded chicken
– Chickpeas or cannellini beans (vegan)
– Eggs

How long can these Whole30 tuna salad recipes be stored in the fridge?

You can keep tuna salad in a well-sealed container for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. If you decide to make homemade salad dressing during you weekend prep, you can put together tuna salad at the same time and store it in the fridge for later in the week!

Bowl filled with Italian Chopped Tuna Salad ingredients after stirring.
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Healthy Tuna Salad Recipe 4 Ways

Healthy Tuna Salad Recipes 4 ways is going to change up your lunch routine! These healthy tuna salad recipes are quick and easy to make, packed with flavor and a great way to get in more veggies! The recipes are low carb, Whole30, paleo and keto friendly!
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy tuna salad, keto tuna salad, paleo tuna salad, Whole30 tuna salad
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 4 servings

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Ingredients

Chipotle Ranch Tuna Salad

  • 1 5oz can tuna, in water
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup bell peppers - (red, yellow or orange)
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2-3 tbsp Chipotle Ranch Dressing - Start with 2 tbsp and taste for flavor
  • .25 tsp salt - optional

Sesame Ginger Asian Tuna Salad

  • 1 5oz can tuna, in water
  • 1/4 cup broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup red bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion - green part only
  • 2-3 tbsp sesame ginger dressing - Start with 2 tbsp and taste for flavor
  • .25 tsp salt - optional

Creamy Balsamic Tuna Salad

  • 1 5oz can tuna, in water
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped spinach
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 2-3 tbsp Creamy Balsamic Dressing - Start with 2 tbsp and taste for flavor
  • .25 tsp salt - optional

Italian Chopped Tuna Salad

  • 1 5oz can tuna, in water
  • 1/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts - canned or packed in oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped spinach
  • 2-3 tbsp Creamy Italian Dressing - Start with 2 tbsp and taste for flavor
  • .25 tsp salt - optional

Instructions

Chipotle Ranch Tuna Salad

  • Add all the ingredients for the healthy tuna salad recipe in a bowl and stir well.

Sesame Ginger Asian Tuna Salad

  • Add all the ingredients for the healthy tuna salad recipe in a bowl and stir well.

Creamy Balsamic Tuna Salad

  • Add all the ingredients for the healthy tuna salad recipe in a bowl and stir well.

Italian Chopped Tuna Salad

  • Add all the ingredients for the healthy tuna salad recipe in a bowl and stir well.

Notes

All of the healthy salad dressing recipes mentioned in these recipes can be found in this post!
How can you serve healthy tuna salad?
  • On a bed of salad greens (with more salad dressing)
  • In lettuce cups or on romaine lettuce boats
  • In a collard green wrap
  • Stuffed in a cucumber
  • Stuffed in a bell pepper
  • Stuffed in an avocado
  • Stuffed in a tomato
  • With cucumber slices, carrot chips, homemade crackers
  • On a sandwich or wrap
How long does tuna salad last in the fridge? 
  • If stored in a well sealed container, it will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
276
Fat
 
10
g
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
Fiber
 
2
g
Sugar
 
3
g
Protein
 
38
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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