Skinny tuna salad

A hefty bowl of delicious "skinny" tuna salad.

Tuna Salad! Frankly, I dislike totally naming my food ‘skinny’ simply because life is to enjoy and food should be a slice of that enjoyment. 💃

But I have two reasons for calling this a skinny tuna salad, firstly, because it is indeed a salad that would look after your figure. Secondly, I  need to put myself in that mode, the skinny mode which I need to switch on from time to time. I can always do with shifting a couple of pounds off especially now when summer is around the corner and I need to get in the summer clothes. Hmmm Yes, not only getting into clothes but looking all right (ish) as well.😃

This tuna salad is truly delicious and I can say that I actually could live with a salads like this. The only trouble is that there is so much more food out there that I simply can’t ignore unfortunately. I am a foodie and I know it 😅

I ❤️ food way too much and I’m definitely not one of those that eat to live but on the contrary, I’m pretty much the type of those that live to eat. But, hey, nothing wrong with loving food, correct?! I suppose this is the reason why I still need to shift a few pounds every now and again 😂. It’s fun.

I cannot say I don’t care really, because I always do, I do care to eat healthy and to look after myself firstly because I am an example to my children. That can be done and food enjoyed at the same time.

Yeah, right! I’m just going to get on with this recipe then. You will undoubtedly love it. Why, well… no cooking is involved, it’s high in protein, it’s colourful, it’s refreshing and super healthy. All the reasons on earth to love it, and above all reasons, it’s so, so quick to prepare.

Here is the recipe, you beautiful reader! 👌👇

Chop, chop, chop ….DONE! ✅

Skinny tuna salad

This tuna salad recipe is a delightful power salad packed with Omega 3 oils and goodness. It contains fresh herbs and vegetables like celery, peppers, red onion. It is simply delish.

Course Brunch, Main Course, Salad, Snack, Soup
Cuisine Mediterranean, Ramona's Cuisine
Keyword celery, light salad, power salad, red onion, red peppers, tuna
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 450 kcal


For the tuna salad:

  • 1/2 red cabbage (organic)
  • 1 can sweet corn (small can, organic)
  • 2 cans tuna (in water or brine)
  • 1 red pepper (organic)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 can red kidney beans (organic)
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or chillis optional
  • 1 pinch black pepper (generous pinch, freshly ground)
  • 1 handful stuffed olives (green pitted/stuffed olives, optional)
  • 4-5 springs parsley (small springs, chopped)

For the salad vinnaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon (squeezed)
  • 4 Pitta bread (optional)


  1. 1. Peel, wash and prepare all ingredients.
  2. 2. Chop, shred or dice all according to how you wish the salad to look.
  3. 3. In a larger bowl, throw in the canned tuna and with a fork just break the fish chunks into smaller pieces.
  4. 4. Add the chopped veggies to the tuna and mix well. Sprinkle the salt and the pepper and mix again.
  5. 5. In a little bowl mix all vinaigrette ingredients, the 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, mayonnaise, 1 tbsp olive oil and the lemon juice from 1/2 lemon. Give these a nice energetic whisk and set aside.
  6. 6. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and mix well until all veggies are nicely coated.

Recipe Notes


I did mention 4-5 springs of parsley but you can add according to how much you like parsley. You can replace this with some dill or any other fresh herb that you may like. Be adventurous, like I always say. 😊


Some tuna salad all ready to go. Grab a fork and dig in...


The mayonnaise of course you could use a light one but I personally never do that. It is very little of it so go for the real stuff.  Even a home-made one  if you happen to have some. Beautiful 👌

I sometimes add 1-2 tbsp Greek yoghurt to the vinaigrette, it is delish too so if you fancy doing this, go for it.


There are other ingredients that could be added to this salad such as grated, shaved or a julienned carrot, spring onion, a fennel finely diced, tomatoes and cucumber (removing seeds and the juicy section) diced or grated kohlrabi, radish and so on.


The list can continue but I leave it now to your imagination. Increase the amount of vinaigrette if you like more of it by adding a tbsp of cider vinegar and slightly more oil or mayo. Make it your own according to what you like.


Throw this super healthy salad into  pitta  bread pockets and have it as an absolutely yummy sandwich which you could take to work, a picnic  or just have it at the comfort of your home while working or watching something nice on TV. So nice and totally mess free. Enjoy this yumm tuna salad or check other super salads here: Red Cabbage Salad or the Broccoli Sprouts Salad 

Feel free to replace the tuna with any other fish whether that is canned fish or freshly baked one, it will be delicious. I used many times canned wild salmon. Oh, soo good! 
Nutrition Facts
Skinny tuna salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 660mg 28%
Potassium 892mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 12g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 55.4%
Vitamin C 165.4%
Calcium 13%
Iron 21.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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