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A hefty bowl of delicious "skinny" tuna salad.

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 450kcal


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)


  • Peel, wash and prepare all ingredients.
  • Chop, shred or dice all according to how you wish the salad to look.
  • In a larger bowl, throw in the canned tuna and with a fork just break the fish chunks into smaller pieces.
  • Add the chopped veggies to the tuna and mix well. Sprinkle the salt and the pepper and mix again.
  • 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.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and mix well until all veggies are nicely coated.


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! 


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 660mg | Potassium: 892mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2770IU | Vitamin C: 136.5mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3.9mg