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Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad is super easy to make and the perfect healthy light lunch or snack. Made with tuna, chopped celery, creamy mayo, red onion and lemon juice. It's low carb, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado lunch recipe, easy school lunches kid, keto salad, low carb tuna, paleo, tuna, tuna fish, tuna salad, whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 367 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 18 ounce (three 5-ounce) cans of tuna in water , drained well
  • 1/4 cup celery , diced
  • 1 tablespoon red onion , finely chopped
  • 1/2 ripe avocado , cut into small chunks,
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley , chopped
  • 2/3 cup Keto / Whole30 compliant mayonnaise , homemade or Primal Kitchen (can also sub with Greek yogurt if not Whole30, Paleo or keto)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • fine sea salt or pink salt and freshly cracked black pepper , to taste


  1. DRAIN THE CAN OF TUNA: Open the can of tuna and drain well. To ensure that all the liquid is drained, you can dump the tuna in a colander and drain over a large bowl for a few minutes while you chop the vegetables.

  2. PREP THE VEGGIES: Chop the onion, celery, parsley and avocado.

  3. COMBINE INGREDIENTS: Add the drained tuna, chopped veggies, mayo, Dijon, fresh lemon, salt and black pepper to a large bowl and use a fork or spoon to toss and combine.

  4. SEASON: Taste and adjust seasonings by adding more salt, pepper and Dijon mustard to taste.

  5. ENJOY RIGHT AWAY: You can eat it straight out of the bowl or chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

  6. TO CHILL IN THE FRIDGE: Cover with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container with a lid and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 3 days.

  7. SERVE: Serve over a salad, in lettuce wraps or stuffed in avocados for a Whole30, Paleo or Low Carb version.

    FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT HAVE DIETARY CONCERNS: You can also make tuna salad sandwiches or tuna melts that you can make using your favorite keto bread.

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Nutrition Facts
Tuna Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.