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Tuna Salad with Cucumber, Cranberries, and Pecans
Take your tuna salad sandwich to the next level with Tessemae’s spin on this classic sandwich. On a carb-free diet? Try serving the tuna salad over greens or inside a halved avocado.
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Make ahead: The tuna salad will keep up to 2 days, refrigerated.
- 2 cans (or 10 ounces) tuna fish
- ½ Cup diced cucumber
- 2 scallions
- ¼ Cup dried cranberries
- ¼ Cup pecans, chopped
- ½ Cup mayonnaise, such as Tessemae’s
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Pinch fennel seed (optional)
- Coarse salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Salad greens, avocado, sandwich wrap, or bread for serving
- Balsamic vinegar, such as Tessemae’s, for serving
Calories Per Serving698
Folate equivalent (total)22µg5%
Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats
Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats are fun and delicious way to eat tuna salad! Serve these open-faced cucumber “sandwiches” as a snack or a healthy lightened up lunch! They’re easy to make and easier to customize with your favorite veggies and toppings.
These cool cucumber boats pretty. much check all the boxes.
They’re paleo, keto, low-carb, whole30, pescatarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and crazy easy to whip up as part of your make-ahead meal prep shenanigans.
Serve them up as a protein-packed after school snack or throw them together for grab and go lunches for work or school!
Ready to ditch the bread and cucumber it up? Snag the recipe below!
Tuna Salad With Pecans And Raisins
I wasn’t the one who made this recipe when I first tried it, it was actually my husband! He surprised me with it after I came home from a long day from work and it was so good that I gobbled it down in record time. Don’t you just love when you come home and dinner is all set and ready? Well this recipe is so easy to throw together that you’ll be eating it in no time, even if it’s all up to you.
This tuna salad with pecans and raisins uses such simple ingredients and tastes so fresh. You’ll be packing it up for lunch tomorrow, if you have any leftovers that is. It’s also a really budget friendly recipe that will keep you full for hours, win win!
Recipe Ideas and Tips
- Depending on how you like your tuna salad, you may want to add some extra spices to this mixture. For many people, tuna salad needs celery seed or celery salt, so throw that in if that is something you love. A reader also commented that she adds lemon pepper and it turns out delicious, so you may want to try that. Personally I love adding curry powder to tuna, so sometimes I toss some of that in as well. Mix it up with spices to make it exactly how you like it.
- If you like sweet and spicy combinations, throw in some diced jalapenos. They add a nice level of spice to the tuna salad and also add some extra crunch.
- When it comes to serving this tuna salad, the options are endless. You can go the traditional route and make a sandwich or wrap. It also makes a delicious salad over a bed of greens and it holds up really well as a mason jar salad to bring to work or school. Many times I also like to serve this as an appetizer on cucumber slices or stuffed into small tomatoes. Lastly, it makes a really good tuna melt served open faced on a slice of multi grain bread or on tomato slices for a lower carb option.
- While the sour cream isn't completely necessary, it really does add an extra level of creaminess and tartness to the salad. I highly recommend adding it, you'll be shocked by the difference it makes in a simple recipe like this.
- Make sure to season the salad really well with salt and pepper. Many times people think tuna salad is bland because they forget to add enough salt and pepper. It's a simple thing but one that makes a huge difference.
Tuna & Cranberry Salad on Kaiser
When you combine the delicate flaked tuna with pecans, cranberries, mayonnaise and dill you create a memorable sandwich. A tender corn dusted Kaiser holds this tasty combo together.
Combine tuna, celery, dried cranberries and pecans in medium bowl.
Step 1 -- Combine tuna, celery, dried cranberries and pecans in medium bowl.
Blend mayonnaise and dill weed toss with tuna mixture and add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 2 -- Blend mayonnaise and dill weed toss with tuna mixture and add salt and pepper to taste.
Line bottom of each Kaiser with lettuce. Place 1/2 cup tuna salad on top of lettuce and cover with the top of the roll.
Step 3 -- Line bottom of each Kaiser with lettuce. Place 1/2 cup tuna salad on top of lettuce and cover with the top of the roll.
- 43 oz. StarKist® Chunk White (Albacore) in Water - Low Sodium
- 3 1/2 cup(s) Maglio Companies® Celery, Diced
- 1 1/2 cup(s) Dried Cranberries
- 1 1/2 cup(s) Chopped Pecans
- 2 cup(s) Classic Gourmet Real Mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Dry Dill Weed (or to taste)
- 15 ea European Bakers 4.5” Corn Dusted White Kaiser, Sliced
- As needed Green Leaf Lettuce
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Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad
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I have a really quick and easy recipe to share with you all today. Back in 2011 this Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad was included in my cookbook We Can Cook: Introduce Your Child to the Joy of Cooking with 75 Simple Recipes and Activities and to this day it’s a recipe I make on a regular basis for lunch for the kids and myself and for weekend bagel brunches. The cookbook is now out of print (whomp whomp), so I thought it was time to share the recipe here.
In addition to being quick and easy, this Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad is nutritious and delicious, plus the kids can help you make it. Serve the tuna salad between two slices of whole grain bread, scoop it up with crackers, or top a mixed green salad with it like I do for a weekday lunch. No matter how you eat it, you’ll enjoy all the flavors and textures from every bite – crunch from the apple, sweetness from dried cranberries, and a little tang from the lemon. Plus, you’ll get a dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the tuna.
I wanted to add a special note about the addition of dried cranberries here, as I’m sure some of you may be wondering about the added sugar from these little guys. You’ve heard the news about the updated 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, right?! One of the key changes in the new guidelines is the recommendation to limit added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day. Well, within the section on added sugars, the Dietary Guidelines make a special call out for cranberries (and rhubarb, one of my favorite spring ingredients!):
There is room for Americans to include limited amounts of added sugars in their eating patterns, including to improve the palatability of some nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits and vegetables that are naturally tart (e.g., cranberries and rhubarb). Healthy eating patterns can accommodate other nutrient-dense foods with small amounts of added sugars, such as whole-grain breakfast cereals or fat-free yogurt, as long as calories from added sugars do not exceed 10 percent per day, total carbohydrate intake remains within the AMDR (Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges ), and total calorie intake remains within limits.
This exception for cranberries is due to the tart little berry’s nutrient density and numerous health benefits, including reduction of urinary tract infections, heart health benefits, and gut health promotion. You can learn more about the health benefits of cranberries and get the latest research from the Cranberry Institute. But before you do, take a break from the computer and head to the kitchen to whip up a bowl of this Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad for lunch!
Meal Prep Salad Ideas In A Mason Jar
Very Veggie Chickpea Crunch Salad
Sweet Arugula Chickpea Salad with Cranberries and Pepitas
Honey Mustard Chicken, Cucumber, Tomato and Egg Salad
How To Meal Prep Salads In A Jar
When it comes to gathering ideas to meal prep, making a salad is a mason jar is a great option! But it comes with 4 important rules to make it efficient and to prevent having a soggy salad.
- Choose a day to meal prep your salads a shop for all the ingredients, including dressings.
- Have large 32 oz mason jars ready and clean for assembling your salads. I used these fun Vintage blue mason jars from Ball Canning.
- Put out all the ingredients at once on a large baking sheet so when you create the mason jar salads they are quick and easy to put together.
- Make sure to layer the jars accordingly:
- First the dressing or salsa.
- Second the vegetables, legumes, beans followed by any fruit and tomatoes.
- Third add any nuts.
- Fourth add the lettuce and salad greens.
- Fifth add any guacamole, avocado slices or croutons either before or after the lettuce and greens. You just want to make sure not to weigh down the greens or let liquid get to them.
A great tip is to gather all your ingredients like in the above picture. Then start filling the jars in the layers as listed in the recipes. This also makes the clean-up incredibly quick!
It is important when meal prepping salads in a mason jar to make sure to start with liquids and then dense or heavier solid foods first, then work your way up to lighter foods and always having the lettuce last (on the top).
These meal prep ideas will help you save time, keep your weight loss goals in check, and helps prevent binge eating. We tend to overheat when we get too hungry and having a meal prepped and in place makes it easy grab when you are hungry. Make all four of these mason jar salads and have them ready for the next four days.
And they are not just good for lunches. I love to make these mason jar recipes to have a quick salad ready for dinners! Just take the filled mason jar and dump each salad into a large bowl, then toss it together to combine the ingredients. Enjoy!
More healthy salad recipes you may enjoy
Cucumber Tuna Salad Bites
Cucumber Tuna Salad Bites &ndash When the summer heat is at its peak, sometimes you just don&rsquot feel like cooking. Thankfully, these tasty little party appetizers are cool, crunchy, and require ZERO oven time!
So, I hear there&rsquos a heat wave rolling toward my city this week. We&rsquore talking 99ºF, humid, sticky, swampy Philadelphia weather.
Because of the cursed humidity, Philly is a city where the heat index (a.k.a., the &ldquofeels-like&rdquo temperature) really matters. A high of 99º easily becomes a heat index of 110º.
Normally, I&rsquom a pretty good sport about this, and even embrace the opportunity for a lazy afternoon at the pool with my son, but being pregnant has made me more cranky about the whole thing.
With the soaring temperatures, I&rsquove happily taken advantage of every opportunity to abandon my stove and make dinner on the grill, or even ditch cooking entirely for chilled recipes.
Today&rsquos Cucumber Tuna Salad Bites is one such recipe I looove! It&rsquos crunchy, cool, and refreshing. And I didn&rsquot just stuff the cucumber with some tuna mixed with mayo, either&hellip The tuna salad is garnished with celery, red onion, dill, and lemon, giving it great flavor.
These are perfect as a fun, flavorful summer lunch, or serve them up as a fresh appetizer at your next party or barbecue.
NASA reports that June was the hottest month on record for the world and that the world has been experiencing a 14-month heat wave internationally. In fact, the Arctic sea ice covers 40% less of the Earth&rsquos surface than it did just 30 years ago. Perhaps more than a little heat wave&hellip
This blog is all about seasonal eating and supporting local, sustainable farming practices. Naturally, news like this raises concerns in my mind about issues of climate change and what kind of Earth I&rsquom leaving behind for future generations.
I&rsquod love to hear what you think. Have you been feeling the heat in your corner of the world? What have you been doing to keep cool? And have you thought about what you&rsquore doing to keep this earth beautiful?
Could i use chicken instead of tuna?
You’ll love how versatile this recipe is! I know tuna is an acquired flavor for some, so chicken is totally acceptable. Canned or shredded chicken works great.
If you do decide to use chicken, s ave yourself tons of time by using a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking and chopping your own! Most grocery store delis will sell freshly packaged rotisserie chicken pulled off the bone.
If your local deli does not sell pulled rotisserie chicken, you can also buy a whole chicken and freeze what you don’t use for another time.
You could also use shredded turkey for this recipe. I personally prefer the tuna or chicken, but any would be delicious.
Tuna Salad with Apples and Pecans
I recently came across a recipe for tuna Waldorf salad, and my whole outlook on this fish-in-a-can thing has changed. Turns out, with a couple of fresh herbs, some sweetness from crunchy apples, and some chopped nuts for textural intrigue, tuna can be quite delightful! It’s a fun twist on the traditional tuna salad.
If you’ve been in the chicken salad only camp, you might just change your mind…
This tuna salad with apples is the opposite of boring. I can easily polish off this entire recipe in one sitting if I’m not careful (though it is intended for two). If you need quick lunches for the week you can make a big batch to have a great protein option on hand.
Perfect for a Healthy Lunch on a Busy Day
The best thing about this easy recipe is that if you have all the ingredients on hand, you can put it together in about five minutes. A tasty, refreshing, protein-packed lunch whipped up in the span of time it takes to microwave a TV dinner? Yes, please!
Looking for more ways to eat healthy on a busy day? Check out Quick Healthy Meals Ultimate Guide (101 Tips, Recipes, and Strategies)
How to make Tuna Salad
It’s so simple that you could practically do it in your sleep. That’s what makes it such a great last minute option for lunch! Here is how you make it.
- Chop your apples, nuts, green onions, and parsley into small pieces. Add then to a medium-sized bowl, or large bowl one if you are making a double batch.
- Drain the tuna. Combine tuna in the bowl using a fork to flake and break up the large pieces as you mix.
- Add the mayo, mustard, sea salt, and black pepper. Gently stir to mix.
- The total time should only take about 5 minutes. Eat it out of the bowl or serve it one of the ways suggested below.
Tuna Salad with Apples: Expert Tips & Tricks
What to put in tuna salad?
I prefer to keep things simple, so I stick with apples, nuts, parsley, and green onions. It’s my favorite way to make it. There are so many options, so don’t let that limit you! This simple recipe is the perfect template for whatever you want to mix in.
Do you like sweet apples or tangy apples? If you like sweet apples you might want to with Fuji apples for a little sweetness without added sugar. For a more tart flavor, Granny Smiths are a great option. Both are crisp apples which add great texture contrast to the soft tuna fish.
Great add-ins with lots of crunch are a must. Here are a few options. You can try it one way the first time and another way the next time you make it. Cranberry tuna salad would be a fun flavor to try.
- red onion
- bell peppers
- chopped apple
- crunchy celery
- green onions
- pecans or walnuts
- dried cranberries
Here are some seasonings and herbs for tuna salad that are full of lots of flavor. Any of these ingredients are great additions!
- apple cider vinegar
- sweet pickle relish
- fresh lemon juice
- curry powder
- chopped sour pickles
How should you serve tuna salad?
If you need an easy meal on the go, you could just eat this delicious tuna salad dressing out of a small bowl. Or if you have a few more minutes here are some tasty ways to serve this simple tuna salad for light lunch.
- Mason jar salad s (great for taking on the go! Add tuna salad to the jar, followed by greens, then shake to combine before eating.)
- On top of your favorite salad
- Tuna sandwich on whole grain bread (healthy upgrade: make it sourdough)
- Bed of lettuce (butter lettuce would be amazing!)
- Inside half of a red bell pepper
Best things to put on tuna salad sandwiches
With so many options to mix into this tuna salad with apples, you almost don’t need to put anything on the sandwich except for the bread. If you do want to add a bit of something else let these ideas lead your inspiration and add a bit of extra crunch or flavor.
- Slices of apples
- Sliced pickles
- Red onion
You might ask, is tuna salad good for you?
It totally is. If you do adhere to a specific eating style, this is a paleo and Whole30-compliant tuna salad. It is packed with protein, fresh fruit, and healthy fats. Plus you can add any of the vegetables you want! This healthy tuna salad is a great way to sneak more veggies into your day. It’s the perfect healthy lunch. This delicious salad is even better for you when you use homemade mayo.
What can you mix with tuna instead of mayo?
Oh! But I absolutely must mention: DO try making your own mayonnaise — for this recipe, and for all your mayo needs. It is so, so easy. And you can avoid all the gross and troubling ingredients commonly found in conventional mayonnaise. (Here’s my simple and scrumptious recipe. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, you must. You will never go back. All my friends are now converts. Even the ones who never make stuff from scratch.)
Yet if you are sure you don’t want to use it or maybe you just don’t have time to whip up a batch, Greek yogurt or sour cream could work. I always use my own mayo, so I haven’t tested them. If you try them out please let me know in the comments!
Tuna Salad with Apples – Storage Options
Tuna should never be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours to prevent bacteria from growing. Your best bet is to stick in the fridge as soon as you make it if you are not going to eat it right away. Tuna salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Can tuna salad be frozen?
You can, but if you are particular about texture, you may not want to. Mayonnaise separates when frozen. The texture of the apples and herbs will be different as the dish defrosts. If you are going to freeze this tuna salad recipe, chose an air-tight, freezer-proof container. Use within 1 to 2 months.
It can totally be done if you are okay with the texture not being quite the same.
Other quick and easy sides and salad
It’s always a nice to have a collection of great recipes and easy sides to serve with your tuna salad with apples.
Other weekday lunch recipes
Quick meals are a must for a weekday lunch. You can never have too many in your arsenal. Here are some favourites, that aren’t just pasta salads and tuna recipes that are easy wins. (P.S. These time-saving tips for healthy meals are a lifesaver in my house.)
Please: if you’re a fellow tuna-hater, give this recipe a try. It just might change your mind and have a new favorite.