Mayo Free Tuna Salad Recipe

Mayo Free Tuna Salad Recipe

This mayo free tuna salad recipe is one of my favorites for a quick lunch. I combine extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, crunchy celery, and a touch of scallions and fresh herbs for a simple and satisfying meal.

Real Foods Pantry

Canned tuna from Wild Planet Foods is one of the staples in my real foods pantry. Wild Planet’s tuna is NOT packed in water or oil, so no draining necessary. It is 100% pole and line caught, and has a lower mercury content because of the smaller size of fish that they catch. It is rich in Omega-3 oils, and due to its superior flavor and quality, imperative for enjoying this recipe.

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Zero Waste Kitchen

This mayo free tuna salad recipe is a terrific way to use up veggie odds and ends in the fridge. Have a random scallion hanging around? Chop it up and toss it in. That floppy stick of celery? Perfect for this. Add in a few chopped gherkins or capers for a salty kick. Totally switch up the fresh herbs up too; I used Italian parsley that I had on hand, but fresh basil, oregano, fennel tops, dill, or tarragon all will all be delicious in this recipe.

Meal Planning

Fresh farmer’s market veggies are a terrific accompaniment to this mayo free tuna salad. Just chop and drizzle with your “special” bottle of extra virgin olive oil and flaky sea salt. Alternatively, serve with your favorite crackers, or toss the tuna into a pita bread or between two slices of bread for a sandwich. The possibilities are endless and the satisfaction of a good lunch is guaranteed. It would also be a good match for this Broccoli Leek Soup.

mayo free tuna salad recipe

Mayo Free Tuna Salad Recipe

Extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, crunchy celery, and a touch of scallions and fresh herbs are combined together for a simple, refreshing, satisfying, and nutritious meal.
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: easy tuna salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin


  • 2 5 oz. cans Wild Planet tuna, DO NOT DRAIN
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped sweet gherkins or capers
  • 1 large scallion
  • 1 large stalk celery
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons (or more) freshly chopped Italian parsley
  • 6 grinds black pepper


  • In a medium sized bowl, combine tuna with all other ingredients. Mix together thoroughly, flaking the tuna into smaller pieces with a fork as you stir. 
  • Serve with your favorite crackers or chopped fresh veggies. 
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1 thought on “Mayo Free Tuna Salad Recipe”

  • I just made this for lunch, and it was delish. I ate it as a sandwich on bread, and then after that, I scooped up more straight from the bowl, on celery sticks and crackers. I need to buy some nicer olive oil and sea salt flakes for next time I make this, for gourmet perfection, but today, with regular table salt and olive oil, it was exactly what I was craving..

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