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The finished healthy tuna salad recipe made with lemon dressing and not mayo in a white serving bowl.
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Healthy Tuna Salad Without Mayo

This Healthy Tuna Salad Without Mayo is made with a delicious lemon dressing and is filled with flavorful veggies and chickpeas.
Prep Time10 mins
Set Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: main dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: capers, tuna fish
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 179kcal
Cost: $6.65

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • chef's knife
  • mixing bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • whisk
  • measuring cups
  • mixing spoon

Ingredients

LEMON DRESSING:

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

TUNA SALAD:

  • 6 ounce can tuna packed in olive oil drained and separated into large pieces
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup capers drained of liquid
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 2 large celery stalks chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 small shallot finely chopped

GARNISH:

  • Chopped parsley optional

Instructions

MAKE LEMON DRESSING:

  • In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Whisk well to combine.

PREP SALAD:

  • Chop all the veggies for the tuna salad.
  • In a large bowl add the tuna pieces, chickpeas, capers, garlic, celery, red bell pepper, and shallot.

MIX SALAD:

  • Pour the lemon dressing over the tuna salad and mix gently.
  • Let the salad sit for 5 minutes to marinate.
  • Serve or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

Serve on a bed of lettuce, on bread, in pita pockets, or on split croissants.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 929mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 751IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg