These tuna salad pickle boats might win the award for best name ever, but you’ll also be super impressed by this low carb recipes fresh and satisfying flavors!
You can have yummy tuna salad any day, but stuff it into pickles, and you have the king of low carb lunch ideas!
When I think of ideas for low carb salads, I want them to have protein, to have delicious flavors, and if they can be a little unexpected, then that’s best of all! These pickle boats hit all the marks, plus they come together in no time at all.
These tuna salad pickle boats are a lunchtime classic, new and improved, plus:
- Easy to find ingredients – mostly pantry staples you can always have on hand!
- Ready in 10 minutes – you have literally no excuse not to make this!
- Comforting, delicious flavors, in a bright, new way that is totally addictive!
This keto tuna salad is going to blow your mind with just how exciting tuna salad can be…
These are all everyday, inexpensive ingredients you probably have laying around, but never thought to combine. Here’s what you’ll need:
Tuna – Once you drain your tuna, place it in the bowl, and use a fork to flake it out so it’s not clumpy. This will give your salad the best texture and help the ingredients blend evenly.
Pickles – Check the labels, my friends! Some pickles have added sugar, so make sure you watch for those sneaky carbs. I like Vlasic Whole Dills, myself.
Mayonnaise – It wouldn’t be a tuna salad without mayo — this gives our salad some creaminess, amazing flavor, and moisture.
Curry powder – What? Curry? You read that right! The amount of flavor packed into these boats is unreal, and this little hint of zest makes it even better!
Tools To Make
You need nothing but a knife for dicing, a bowl for mixing, and a spoon for scooping to make these ridiculously simple tuna salad pickle boats.
Store uneaten boats in an airtight container in the fridge, on their side. Pickles have a lot of moisture, so if you haven’t already stuffed them, it may be best to store the tuna salad and boats separately.
My recommendation is to eat these tuna salad pickle boats appetizer style – truly, these are the ultimate finger food!
Want something more refined? Ok… use some low carb sandwich bread to make a tuna salad sandwich with sliced pickles instead! Or, wrap your whole pickle boat in romaine leaves for fun and fresh low carb lettuce wraps.
Here are a few ways to add your spin to these tuna salad pickle boats:
- Want to add more veggies to your tuna salad pickle boats? The more the merrier! Subtle tasting diced low carb vegetables are easy to sneak into this tuna salad — try finely chopped bell peppers, broccoli, or radishes.
- For extra creaminess, try adding in some avocado! Trust me, it’s an awesome mayo sub — check out my avocado tuna salad and avocado egg salad to see what I mean!
- Take a note from this greek yogurt chicken salad and swap out the mayo for low carb greek yogurt. It’s higher in protein and significantly lower in fat, if that better suits your meal plan.
- Have you tried my tuna salad recipe with egg? It’s a combo of tuna with a classic egg salad recipe and would work really well here, too, plus add some more great protein!
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- 4 Whole Pickles*
- 1 5 Ounces Can of Tuna drained and flaked**
- 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Parmesan grated
- 3 Tablespoons Celery chopped
- 1/4 Cup Yellow Onions finely chopped
- 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Teaspoon Curry Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Dill chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Tomatoes diced
- Dill chopped
- Cut the pickles in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and some of the flesh to form a "boat". The amount you scoop out of the pickle will depend on your taste -- obviously for more pickle flavor, only remove the seeds. For less, remove more flesh.
- Place all other ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
- Spoon the tuna salad into each of the prepared boats. Top with diced tomatoes and fresh dill. Enjoy!
Salad is so much more than greens and dressing! These are some of my favorite salad recipes, and they’re perfect for parties, a quick lunch, or a light dinner!
- Chickpea Tuna Salad. A little crunch goes a long way!
- Tuna Salad without Mayo. Swap the mayo for greek yogurt for a lighter, brighter version.
- Ahi Tuna Salad. The sophisticated older cousin of regular tuna salad.
- Deviled Egg Salad. Classic egg salad with a flavorful twist!
- Cranberry Chicken Salad. A sweet and creamy chicken salad that’s perfect for picnic sandwiches!
I’ll bet you were impressed by the amount of flavor packed into these tuna salad pickle boats!
Did you swap anything out? Let me know how you made them your own in the comments!