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Paleo Tuna Salad


This Paleo Tuna Salad is the best for those busy days with the kids. They love it! This tasty protein-packed dish comes together in a matter of minutes, is both modifiable & versatile, and uses those tins of tuna (or sardines or mackerel or chickpeas) that we all have kicking around!

The base recipe is super simple. I have used a paleo & keto-friendly avocado mayonnaise, but it will also work with Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or mashed avocado. Once you’ve got the base, you can go with as many of the optional add-ins as you like.

And get creative with how you eat it! Tuna salad is great for more than just sandwiches. Try it in wraps, quesadillas, or lettuce tacos; on top of greens, crackers, sweet potato toast, or baked potatoes; or stuffed inside half an avocado or bell pepper!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

The high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids in tuna meat brings the balance into the blood vessels, reducing the cholesterol in the arteries. Lower cholesterol in arteries equals fewer problems in blood flow and heart pump, making tuna great for heart health.

By Anna Lee

Paleo Tuna Salad

  • Prep Time:5 Minutes
  • Cook Time:N/A
  • Servings: 6


2 cans of tuna, drained

4 tablespoons vegan or traditional avocado mayonnaise, adjusted to desired consistency

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons dijon mustard, adjusted to taste

1/2 teaspoon salt, adjusted to taste

1/4 teaspoon pepper, adjusted to taste

1/4 cup diced celery

1/4 cup diced red pepper

2 tablespoons minced shallot or onion

2 tablespoons minced dill pickle

2 tablespoons diced fresh parsley

Feel free to add hot sauce, cumin, cayenne, paprika, or other spices, adjusted to taste


  1. Put tuna in a bowl and break apart with a fork.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

  3. Adjust mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, seasoning, and add-ins to taste.

  4. Can store in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Put tuna in a bowl and break apart with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Adjust mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, seasoning, and add-ins to taste. Can store in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 74; Total Fat: 3 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 399 mg; Potassium: 43 mg; Carbohydrate: 2 g; Fiber: 0 g; Sugar: 1 g; Protein: 11 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 11%; Vitamin A: 13%; Iron: 1%; Calcium: 3%

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