Healthy Tuna Salad Recipe

This healthy tuna salad recipe is easy, traditional, and downright delicious!

I’m not sure what it is, but lately, I just can’t seem to get enough tuna. I’m starting to think there is something in it that my body needs. Or, it could just be that it’s darn delicious.

A bowl sitting on a blue stripped towel, filled with Healthy Tuna Salad.

A good, traditional tuna salad goes well with a lot of things. It’s versatile and often pairs well with green salads and other veggies, pasta, or even bread for a sandwich. My little guy loves his served on brown rice crackers. In fact, I’ve done this for his dinner a few times when he wants something a little lighter for dinner.

In fact, I would say that lately, with three blogs, culinary school, a 6-year-old, and a new part-time job, this dish is becoming a little more regular around here than I’d like to admit. Thankfully, we’re enjoying it, and I hope you will too! It’s quick and easy to put together and makes for a great lunch as long as you stick an ice pack in your lunch for it. Enjoy it as a snack with crackers or as a full meal on a salad or in a sandwich.

Is Tuna Safe To Eat?

While eating too much tuna is not good for you due to the mercury content, occasionally enjoying a can of tuna in moderation is perfectly fine for most healthy people. White Albacore tuna fish has more omega-3 fatty acids than other types of tuna. So look for it at the grocery store. If you can find it, opt for sustainably caught tuna.

Why Tuna Salad?

  1. It’s one of many wonderful low carb options for snacks or meals
  2. It’s dairy-free
  3. It’s gluten-free (double-check the mayo!)
  4. Perfect for a Keto eating plan
  5. Great on a Paleo eating plan

How To Serve Healthy Tuna Salad

  • Serve on brown rice crackers
  • Eat with cucumbers or cucumber chips.
  • Serve over a bed of greens with fresh herbs for garnish. Add some tomatoes and freshly cracked pepper.
  • Eat with your favorite crackers.
  • Scoop with those small bell peppers or cut pieces from larger red bell pepper.
  • Enjoy in a lettuce wrap
  • On bread for a tuna sandwich or on your morning toast.
Clean Eating Traditional Tuna Salad

Recipe Additions

If you wish, you can expand the flavor profile of this recipe with one or more of these suggested additions. Add them to taste.

  • Fresh parsley
  • Dijon mustard
  • Dill pickles – chopped small
  • Lemon juice – fresh or bottled.
  • Avocado – chopped into small chunks.
  • Capers

About The Ingredients

Canned water-packed tuna fish – this is light tuna (or white tuna), also known as albacore tuna. Drain the water off and fluff with a fork for easier mixing. You can do this right in the mixing bowl before adding the other ingredients. You’ll need 2 tuna cans that are 5 oz. each (standard size for the US)

Celery stalk – thinly sliced. You can chop this too. The small the pieces, the better the texture will be in the finished salad.

Diced red onion – fine dice. Again, the small the pieces, the better the texture of the salad will be.

Mayonnaise – You can purchase a clean brand at a local health food store.

Salt –  to taste

How To Make Healthy Tuna Salad

Tuna salad being mixed in a white mixing bowl.

In a medium bowl, stir all the ingredients together.

Clean Eating Traditional Tuna Salad

Mix well and serve. 

How To Store Healthy Tuna Salad

Keep this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Unfortunately, this does not freeze well.

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Tuna Salad Recipe

A delicious, traditional tuna salad that can be enjoyed by itself, as a side or in a sandwich.
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Course: Seafood
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 413kcal


  • 2 cans water packed tuna
  • 1 large celery stalk (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup diced red onion (fine dice)
  • cup mayonnaise (see link to make your own above)
  • salt to taste


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients together.
    Tuna salad being mixed in a white mixing bowl.
  • Mix well and serve. 
    Clean Eating Traditional Tuna Salad


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Merryanne says:

    Clean eating like less fat?
    Just courious thank you merry

  2. Connie Tolbert says:

    Can you tell me what brand of Tuma you use? Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Connie – I get mine at Whole Foods. I don’t know the name off hand (I’ll look next time I pick up a can), but it’s a blue label with a pull tab top. It has far less mercury and is sustainably caught (or something like that).

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Connie – My pleasure! 🙂

  3. This tuna salad looks SCRUMPTIOUS! I think I have a can in the pantry. I may have to make this for lunch this weekend. Thanks for linking up with #FoodieFridays! Make sure to stop by this Thursday night 9ET to see if you are featured!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christie – Thanks! I’ll do that!