It’s not that we have ANYTHING against traditional tuna salad — in fact, it’s one of our favorites — but sometimes it’s nice to venture outside the box, especially when it involves giving your taste buds some serious excitement and variety. These tuna salad ideas incorporate veggies, fruits, and healthy fats like avocado, making them super nutritious and waist-friendly choices for lunch or dinner.
Cucumber Avocado Tuna Salad with Cilantro Dressing: Combine 2 tablespoons of cilantro dressing (recipe below) with 1 can 5-ounce tuna, drained, 1/2 cup chopped cucumber, and 1/4 of an avocado, cubed. Toss ingredients together and serve over a bed of spinach or arugula, or inside a whole wheat pita.
Cilantro dressing: In a blender or small food processor, blend 1/2 cup cilantro, 1 clove of garlic, 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar and 4 teaspoons olive oil, 1/8 tsp salt, and a pinch of chili powder and black pepper until smooth. These amounts make about 3 tablespoons of dressing. Use approximately 2 tablespoons per can of tuna.
Creamy Apple Raisin Tuna Salad: Mix 1.5 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek style yogurt with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard. Stir dressing into 1 can 5-ounce tuna, drained, and mix in 1/3 cup chopped celery, 1/3 cup chopped apples, and 2 tablespoons raisins. Serve on whole wheat bread, inside a whole wheat wrap, or on top of a bed of greens.
Chipotle Avocado Tuna Salad with Corn and Black Beans: Mix 1 can 5-ounce tuna with approximately 2 tablespoons of the chipotle avocado dressing recipe below. Add in 1/4 cup corn, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper, and 2 tablespoons green onion.
Chipotle Avocado Dressing: In a blender, blend 1 ripe avocado with 1/4 cup water, 3 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons chopped chipotles in adobo sauce, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 clove of garlic, minced. Makes approximately 1.25 cups of dressing. (p.s. you can use this as a dressing for topping other salads, as well as fish and chicken.)
Italian Tuna Salad: You can find this recipe right here on the BeeWell for Life® website! It’s a simple to make salad filled with the fresh flavor of tonno solid light tuna in olive oil and light ingredients like white beans, balsamic vinegar, and tomatoes.
What are your favorite tuna salad creations?