A creamy keto tuna salad is a must have recipe for any low carb meal plan!
It’s one of the most versatile low carb recipes that’s hard to get tired of. It makes for the perfect low carb lunch ideas, snacks, and meals on the go. Add it to your favorite low carb bread recipe, stuff it inside a cucumber, or bake it in a tomato with some cheddar melted on top.
However you enjoy it, this keto tuna salad is going to rock your world! So let’s do this!
How to Make Keto Tuna Salad
This keto tuna salad is suuuper easy to throw together, practically no explanation needed! But to ensure your keto tuna salad turns out as creamy and delicious as mine, here are a few tips:
Drain your tuna.
Drain all the liquid from your can of tuna before adding it to the keto tuna salad — we want our dressing to come from the mayo and cheese, not from water.
Break the tuna up with a fork.
Break your tuna into bite size pieces before adding the rest of the ingredients — this way, every bite is evenly coated in delicious creamy flavor.
Slice your low carb vegetables finally.
We want to maximize all the flavors in this keto tuna salad by ensuring we get a little bit of every ingredient in each bite. To do this, finely and evenly chop all the low carb vegetables before adding them in.
Best Tuna Salad Recipe Variations
Your keto tuna salad your rules. For your very best tuna salad, add whatever vegetables, sauces, cheeses, herbs and spices you’re craving.
Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity:
In this keto tuna salad recipe, I used: pickles, celery, and yellow onions.
Swap these keto vegetables with whatever you’re craving — maybe some bell peppers? Pepperoncinis? Green onions? Red Onions? All of these make for delicious keto tuna salad mix ins.
Keep in mind the carb counts of various veggies, and swap them to work with your goals.
The saucy part.
I used a combo of mayonnaise and Parmesan to sauce up this keto tuna salad.
If you aren’t a fan of mayonnaise, and prefer your keto tuna salad no mayo, this can be swapped for low carb Greek yogurt (this adds more protein and carbs to low carb salads). You could also mash up an avocado for a similar cream texture.
Herbs and spices.
Traditional tuna salad recipes call for relish, which is sweetened with corn syrup or sugar (and not on the low carb shopping list). To get a similar flavor, I added curry powder to this keto tuna salad.
Feel free to add, leave out or swap any spices and fresh herbs to this recipes.
Carbs in Tuna
The problem with keto tuna salad is not the salad, but what you serve with it…
How to Eat Tuna Salad
Tuna salad is delicious on its own, but, here are a few of the many ways to give your keto tuna salad an upgrade:
In a tomato.
For a keto tuna casserole, try this suuuper tasty keto tuna salad variation!
Simply slice the top off of a tomato, and remove all the seeds and filling from the center. Then stuff the keto tuna salad into each tomato and cover it with cheddar cheese. Bake it in the oven until the cheddar cheese melts and the tomato softens.
Just a heads up for those following a strict keto meal plan: tomatoes are higher in carbs than most items on my low carb food list, so this variation may not work for you!
Sandwich between two slices of low carb bread.
Keto tuna salad makes for delicious sandwiches — think keto tuna melt!
Either toast your bread, or use it to “panini” the keto tuna salad with a few slices of cheddar cheese. Looking for some keto bread recipes? Check out these tasty options:
For a lower carb alternative, try hollowing out your favorite vegetables. Just like keto egg salad, this recipe tastes delicious on everyyyy thing!
Bell peppers and cucumbers are both great vegetables to stuff keto tuna salad in. Check out my cucumber sandwiches recipe to get an idea of how to turn cucumbers into a keto bread alternative!
How to Make Tuna Salad For Meal Prep
Keto tuna salad is awesome for low carb meal prep. I like to make a big batch and have it in the fridge for low carb lunches throughout the work week.
Here are some tips on how to make tuna salad tasty for meal prep:
- If you plan to make sandwiches, store your keto tuna salad and your bread to separate containers — this will prevent the bread from getting soggy.
- Baking keto tuna salad inside tomatoes, or filling up veggies with keto salads makes for awesome low carb meal prep!
- If your keto tuna salad gets a little dry in the fridge, stir in a bit more low carb yogurt or mayonnaise.
Keto Tuna Salad Recipe
There you have it friends, everything you need to know about keto tuna salad (and then some). Hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Keto Tuna Salad
- 3 5 Oz Canned Tuna* drained and flaked
- 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan grated
- 1/2 Cup Celery large, finely chopped
- 3/4 Cup Dill Pickles finely chopped
- 3/4 Cup Yellow Onions finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Dill chopped
- 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
- Place all your tuna salad ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Enjoy!
- * The weight on the container was 5oz with liquid, 4oz drained.