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    Mediterranean Tuna Salad – so much flavor and so easy to put together! This mayonnaise-free tuna salad is naturally gluten-free.

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    If you are looking for a light and healthy lunch idea, this Mediterranean tuna salad recipe is for you! This no mayo salad is loaded with incredible flavor from the freshest ingredients and comes together in just 15 minutes.

    Talk about light and refreshing salad that requires no cooking! The albacore tuna is the main ingredient to creating this wonderful, healthy salad you will want to make all summer long.

    The freshly squeezed lemon juice & lemon zest add so much flavor to the salad.

    This salad is not only delicious but it’s very quick to put together and there is no cooking involved. That’s what I call a win! It came together in about 15 minutes, and my husband and our little boys loved it.

    For more delicious and easy summer salads, check out these: Cucumber Salad recipe, Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad, and Cowboy Caviar.

    Mediterranean Tuna Salad Ingredients

    This salad is loaded with fresh and healthy ingredinets:

    • Vegetables: Bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, black olives
    • Albacore Tuna
    • Chickpeas
    • Seasonings: Garlic, parsley, lemon, salt & black pepper
    • Olive oil
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    How To Make Mediterranean Tuna Salad

    It takes about 15 minutes to make this delicious summer salad!

    • Add red bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, albacore tuna fish, garlic, chickpeas, black olives, and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl and mix.
    • Drizzle olive oil, lemon juice, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve cold. Enjoy! 

    Tuna Salad without Mayo

    This delicious and nutritious tuna salad is made with an easy and refreshing homemade dressing instead of mayo. It’s packed with protein and delicious vegetables.

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    Healthy Tuna Salad

    This mayonnaise-free tuna salad recipe is naturally gluten-free, light and refreshing.

    This Mediterranean Tuna Salad is perfect to serve for lunch or a light meal. While I was cooking it, I tasted a little bit to see if it needed more seasoning, and I couldn’t stop eating it. It was so delicious!

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    How to Store Tuna Salad

    The Mediterranean healthy tuna salad will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days. If you are planning to make this ahead of time, you can chop the red bell pepper, red onion, and cucumber ahead of time, and combine them with the rest of the ingredients just before serving.

    What’s The Best Tuna To Use?

    I love the convenience of canned tuna, and I always have a a few cans in my pantry. I like to use albacore tuna as it has a firm texture and the chunks don’t break up and get lost in the other ingredients. It has a light flesh and is mild in flavor.

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    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Cut the vegetables into small and evenly sized pieces. They will be easier to combine when you mix it and it will be easier to eat.
    • Use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled. It has a much brighter and fresher flavor and makes all the difference!
    • Chickpeas provide a good amount of protein and fiber and turn this salad into a fuller meal. You can substitute these with black beans or white beans if that’s what you have.

    This Mediterranean Tuna Salad has definitely made our favorites list. The flavors are amazing and so refreshing. Perfect quick summer salad. I like to make this for lunch or make it for quick family dinners.

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    Mediterranean Tuna Salad

    Mediterranean Tuna Salad – so much flavor and so easy to put together! This mayonnaise-free tuna salad is naturally gluten-free, paleo and low carb.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 10 servings
    Calories 131kcal

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Add red bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, albacore tuna fish, garlic, chickpeas, black olives and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl and mix.
    • Drizzle olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve cold. Enjoy! 

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Cut the vegetables into small and evenly sized pieces. They will be easier to combine when you mix it and it will be easier to eat.
    • Use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled. It has a much brighter and fresher flavor and makes all the difference!
    • Chickpeas provide a good amount of protein and fiber and turn this salad into a fuller meal. You can substitute these with black beans or white beans if that’s what you have.

    NUTRITION

    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 15.3mg | Sodium: 156.4mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 2.4g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 34.7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.8mg
    Course Main Course, Salad
    Cuisine Mediterranean
    Keyword Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, Mediterranean Tuna Salad, Quick

    This post was originally published in April of 2017. Recently, it was updated with new pictures but the recipe itself hasn’t been modified.

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    Janice

    Hi!. I want to try this. But not eating fresh garlic and onion. Can i make even without the 2? And does it make the taste different if i dont put those 2? Thank you

      It will change the taste a little bit but it will still be delicious! If you prefer, you can use a little bit of onion & garlic powder.

        Janice

        This salad was superb!👍I just used the onion and garlic powder as you suggested and it was delicious!. My family really love it. This recipe is absolutely a keeper!

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