This light, healthy tuna salad without mayo has less fat and calories, yet it's still super flavorful. With crunchy celery and pickles plus creamy Greek yogurt, this tuna salad comes together in just 10 minutes for a quick and delicious lunch.
Tuna salad is a classic lunch option, but it's not always healthy because it's typically smothered in mayo.
This healthy tuna salad without mayo is a lighter option that doesn't sacrifice flavor!
You can enjoy this creamy, crunchy, healthy tuna salad scooped over lettuce, sandwich style between two pieces of wholewheat bread or spread on your favorite crackers.
Making tuna salad without mayo couldn't be easier - all you have to do is swap the mayonnaise with thick Greek-style yogurt.
To keep things super light, make this tuna salad with canned tuna in spring water.
However, if you're looking for a bit more flavor, tuna packed in olive oil is a better option.
Why you'll love this tuna salad without mayo
- Very easy to make - it takes less than 10 minutes to make the salad and enjoy a healthy, light lunch without much effort.
- Full of flavor - you don't need mayo in tuna salad to make it extra tasty. The lemon juice, Dijon mustard and fresh herbs infuse the tuna with loads of flavor.
- Easy to make your own - You can easily add more veggies, olives or even nuts and seeds to this tuna salad to make it your own.
What goes into this low calorie tuna salad
Tuna - Use chunky tuna in this salad. You don't necessarily need to go for the expensive stuff, but it's best to use a quality tuna that still retains its texture when mixed with the rest of the ingredients.
Red onion - Shallots or scallions are also good options for this tuna salad.
Celery - I love the crunchy texture of celery in tuna salad but you can leave it out if you're not a fan.
Dill pickles - Some finely chopped dill pickles will add both flavor and texture to the salad.
Yogurt - Use a full-fat, thick Greek-style yogurt and feel free to add more than indicated in the recipe card if you'd like the salad creamier. Regular yogurt is a bit too watery for this salad.
Parsley - Freshly chopped parsley adds both brightness and flavor. You can also use some freshly chopped dill.
How to make tuna salad without mayo
Stir well to combine and season to taste.
Enjoy the tuna salad on wholewheat bread or with your favorite crackers.
Recipe notes and tips
- This tuna salad with yogurt will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. It's a great recipe for meal prep!
- Other things that you can add to this tuna salad include diced apples, bell pepper, chickpeas, fresh cucumber or chopped avocado.
- Add some red chili flakes to give the salad a bit of a kick.
- You can transform this recipe into a tuna pasta salad by mixing it with some cooked pasta.
If you liked this healthy tuna salad recipe, you might also like some of my other easy lunch recipes:
- Roasted Vegetable Salad with Quinoa and Halloumi
- Orzo Pasta Salad with Feta, Kalamata Olives and Wild Rocket (Arugula)
- Summer Tortellini Salad
- Cold Cucumber Soup
- Mediterranean Pasta with Feta and Olives
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 22g
Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.