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Healthy Canned Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt and Relish

There are so many different ways to make tuna salad. I know your family will love this healthy tuna salad recipe with Greek yogurt and relish. It is a twist of a classic tuna salad sandwich but turning this can of tuna into a healthy, family-friendly recipe. Serve it on nice slices of crusty bread, or a croissant, or make it into a tuna melt. 

If you are looking for a quick lunch with simple ingredients from your pantry try this healthy recipe using cans of tuna and pantry ingredients. Any canned tuna you have will work, packed in water or olive oil. But the recipe is best with albacore tuna or a light tuna. 

There are so many healthy tuna recipes with a great option to add flavor with fresh herbs, and fresh vegetables. To make sure you can have lunch quick and easy I have used mostly ingredients I have in my pantry. Canned olives, corn relish, pickle sweet pickle relish, onion flakes, or onion powder. If you have white or red onion chop up your own as a replacement as well as chopped dill pickles for the sweet relish. Whatever you have on hand will make perfect easy lunch recipes using your pantry staples. 

a small white bowl of mayonnaise on a wood table with a spoon

The Issue of Mayonnaise:

For the best tuna salad recipe and a lighter option for healthy eating, I have replaced the full fat mayonnaise with a lighter Greek yogurt. You can also use half and half for a more classic taste. It is your personal preference to use any mayonnaise that you like for your basic recipe. 

You can enjoy the healthy benefits of the healthy fats of tuna as well as a great source of protein even when you are short on time and need quick lunches. All while making healthy meals for your family.

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Additional Variations for Healthy Lunch Ideas for Easy Canned Tuna Recipes:

If your family is moving towards healthy eating as ours is there are so many lighter options and healthy options to make each lunch different and exciting. Use your creativity to make the perfect recipe using what you have on hand.

  • Replace the mayonnaise of an easy tuna salad with Greek yogurt or sour cream, in addition to using a combination of any of these three. 
  • Add a square of lemon juice.
  • Add some fresh dill. 
  • Add some garlic powder. 
  • Add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard for a bit of tang. 
  • Replace the relishes with small chopped crunchy vegetables.
  • Serve the tuna salad in lettuce wraps or lettuce cups for a low-carb option. 
  • Serve in avocado halves to add more healthy fats. 
  • Replace the onion powder with thin-sliced green onions. 
  • Green or red bell pepper.
  • ​Small chop some cherry tomatoes. 
  • Replace the mayonnaise of an easy tuna salad with Greek yogurt or sour cream, in addition to using a combination of any of these three.

More Canned Tuna Recipes:

Classic Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole, easy classic dinner casserole!

tuna noodle casserole in a white bowl on top and on a plate with a salad on bottom of the image.

Classic Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Classic Traditional Comfort Food: rich and creamy mushroom soup sauce with fluffy egg needles.

tuna salad sandwich with lettuce on a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients for Healthy Canned Tuna Salad:

  • 2 cans of tuna in water
  • 4 sweet pickles relish (or fresh chopped dill pickles)
  • 3 olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of corn relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion flakes or onion powder (or fresh chopped red onion)
  • 1 cup Mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper

How to Make Tuna Salad with Pantry Basics:

  1. Open 2 cans of tuna and drain off the water (if you have tuna in oil that works too, just drain off the oil)
  2. Put the tuna in a medium bowl and break it up with a fork
  3. Add the pickle relish, the chopped olives, the corn relish, and the onion powder.
  4. Next, in a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise and the plain yogurt.
  5. Add the mayonnaise/yogurt to the tuna, mix, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. If you want to make a sandwich, you can use plain bread or toast. Add some lettuce to your sandwich to add some more veggies.
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How to Make Tuna Salad with Pantry Basics

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  • Author: Crafting a Family
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Pantry

Description

Do you need to make lunch with just what is in the kitchen? Try a quick delicious sweet and tangy tuna salad for a sandwich or salad with just what you have in your fridge and pantry. A basic tuna salad for a lunch sandwich or with lettuce can be made with extras that you have in your refrigerator.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cans of tuna in water
  • 4 sweet pickles relish (or fresh chopped dill pickles)
  • 3 olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of corn relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion flakes or onion powder (or fresh chopped red onion)
  • 1 cup Mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Open 2 cans of tuna and drain off the water (if you have tuna in oil that works too, just drain off the oil)
  2. Put the tuna in a medium bowl and break up with a fork
  3. Add the pickle relish, the chopped olives, the corn relish, and onion powder.
  4. Next, in a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise and the plain yogurt.
  5. Add the mayonnaise/yogurt to the tuna, mix, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. If you want to make a sandwich, you can use plain bread or toast. Add some lettuce to your sandwich to add some more veggies.

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