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3 Crazy Good Healthy Tuna Recipes Without Mayonnaise

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If you have ever picked up any diet book or followed any fad diet, tuna is always on the top of the list of items you are encouraged to eat. “They” often tout it as the perfect way to sneak more protein into your daily life.

It makes sense. Tuna is packed with protein, a mighty 15 grams of protein per 2 oz serving. And it will only cost you 70 calories. Those are pretty impressive stats, friends, making tuna a total win to add to your meal and snack rotations.

But let’s face it, tuna by itself can be a little bit, meh. But the good news is that tuna is a blank palette and can be transformed entirely with a few simple ingredients. And if you are looking for a tuna recipe without mayonnaise because you are not a fan, then you, my friend, are in the RIGHT place. As a lover of tuna fish I have decided to share a few of my favorite tuna recipes that I have continually turned to over the years to help me keep my tuna eating healthy and keep me on track with meeting my health and wellness goals. These three tuna-terrific recipes are easy healthy recipes that are great for a light lunch, snack, or even simple healthy meal. I like to keep things simple and easy, and you will find all three of these recipes just that!

Three healthy tuna recipes with no mayo! A healthy tuna tip, healthy avocado tuna salad, and a healthy classic tuna melt!
These three tuna mayo free recipes may seem simple but they are BIG on taste!

I hope you love these fresh and flavorful tuna recipes as much as I do.

Back in the day before children, when I worked out with a personal trainer and was tiny and ripped … oh the good ole days. I ate this concoction ALL the time. It was a great way to fuel up with minimal calories and maximum protein, and it was rich and creamy consistency and tasted more like a splurge than the healthy stuff.

It is an excellent take on the traditional tuna salad but sans the mayo. So if you are not a fan of mayonnaise, this one will be a good one to know.

It might sound a little strange, and you might even be a little afraid, but seriously, JUST try it!! It is SOOO good! Your taste buds will thank you. Pair it with whole wheat crackers or your favorite low-carb crackers, sliced bell pepper, serve on top of greens, or whatever works with your personal goals and style of eating. There is no way to go wrong with this simple tuna salad recipe.

 
 
Creamy cottage cheese and tuna dip with no mayonnaise and fresh cracker pepper on top  served with wheat crackers
This little mixture of tuna and cottage cheese may sound strange, but please give it a chance!

 

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High Protein Tuna Dip

Easy No Mayo Tuna Salad Dip

Course Appetizer, Snack
Keyword Cottage Cheese, Tuna Fish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Andie Thueson

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Albacore Tuna in Water 1/2 Can drained
  • 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper — to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Dill – or more to taste
  • 1 Tsp Dill pickle relish optional

Instructions

  1. Combine tuna in a small bowl with all the above ingredients and serve with Whole Wheat Crackers or Cucumbers — both are excellent choices!

What tastes better with tuna than mayo?! Avocado! Don’t let this basic recipe fool you. It gives it the same creamy appeal as mayo without having to add loads of mayo. This tuna mixture is a super healthy and fun way to add protein as a fantastic well-rounded snack during the day. You WILL not be disappointed. This little tuna concoction is full of fresh flavors and is a creative twist on the classic tuna salad.

Open Avocado Halves with tuna and avocado mixture, woman is cracking fresh pepper over the top
These avocado tuna salad halves have gone VIRAL on Buzzfeed and have been shared over 23k times!
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Avocado Tuna Salad

This no-mayo tuna salad may sound super basic, but it is TASTY!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Albacore Tuna in Water 1/2 can drained
  • 1 Avocado
  • Pink Himalayan Salt and Crushed Pepper to Taste
  • 1/2 Lime lime juice Squeezed into mixture

Instructions

  1. Remove Avocado flesh from the avocado halves and mix with other ingredients and spoon back into the shell for easy carrying device or a bowl works as well.

In my humble opinion, you can not share easy healthy tuna recipes without the classic tuna melt – with a couple of little swaps, and you can make this classic healthier!

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Healthier Classic Tuna Melt

All the flavor and goodness of a classic tuna melt but a healthier version!

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Andie Thueson

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices Slices Low Carb or Whole Grain Bread Slices
  • 2 ounces Albacore Tuna in Water 1/2 can drained
  • 1 Tbsp  Olive Oil Mayo *See notes on subbing out the mayo
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Red Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Djion Mustard
  • 1 oz Cheddar Cheese or cheese of choice
  • Butter for grilling I like to use garlic butter

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients - spread over bread and top with cheese - grill over medium heat until both sides are toasted and cheese is nice and melty.

Recipe Notes

*NOTE: For those wanting to skip the mayonnaise, here are some easy swaps!

  • avocado
  • low-fat yogurt
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • greek yogurt
 
 
Tuna, I promise, does not need to be boring. So the next time you want to up your protein intake and think tuna is the answer, try one of these delicious and super simple no mayo tuna salad recipes. And if you wanted to add a touch of mayo, I won’t judge!

For more easy healthy lunch ideas check out these recipes:

Happy Eating Friends!

Much Love,

16 Comments

  1. Kim Turner says:

    That wrap does look really good. This summer I started putting avocado in my tuna instead of mayo – and tomatoes, a little pickle, olives, whatever random veggies I had to give some crunch.<br />I will have to check out that Ocean Naturals!!

  2. Kristin Wheeler says:

    Great photos! These look so healthy and delicious! #client

  3. Sara Merritt says:

    I am not a sandwich kind of person, so I love the idea of mixing up tuna and being able to dip into it. I do, however, LOVE wraps and the goat cheese &amp; craisins paired with tuna sounds amazing. Nice work! #client

  4. Jessica Burgess says:

    5 stars
    I am so in love with tuna!!! These all look amazing!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ll admit I’m not a tuna lover, but these recipes still look delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to make these!! I forget how much I love tuna!!

  7. 5 stars
    This definitely gives me some delicious options to help change up my lunch routine. Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    I love tuna and cant wait to try the recipe with the cottage cheese and tuna! Sounds like a marriage made in heaven!

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  11. 5 stars
    These look amazing and so yummy! My daughter and I love tuna, and these recipes are going to be such a hit here! I can’t wait to try these!

  12. 5 stars
    You created three recipes that I have never made before. I thought I’d tried everything. I still haven’t got the dip made yet but the tuna melt was so good it is now one of my favorites and the tuna avocado recipe was delicious.

  13. 5 stars
    I love tuna!! Thanks for sharing these ideas!! Love a good tuna salad! I am excited to try the dip!

  14. 5 stars
    I love each of these ideas!! So delicious!!

  15. Cathy Burke says:

    5 stars
    I love making avocado tuna salad and I can’t wait to make the others. I don’t like mayo at all!

  16. 5 stars
    We love tuna at home so these recipes are awesome, we loved it! They are all so delicious, it turned out yummy. Thank you for sharing not just one but three fantastic recipes!

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