Tuna Salad Recipe - Dr. Axe

Tuna Salad Recipe

Tuna salad recipe - Dr. Axe

Tuna salad is a quintessential barbecue or potluck dish, but all too often, instead of getting bites of tuna — one of the best omega-3 foods — you’re left instead with a mouthful of mayonnaise.

That’s why we think your family will love our take on classic tuna salad. It’s so easy to prepare, and the tuna taste shines through the other complementary — and equally delicious — ingredients. Let’s get started.

Start by mixing a can of anti-inflammatory tuna, coconut oil mayonnaise, cholesterol-fighting celery, onion, Dijon mustard and dried cranberries into a big ole bowl. If you prefer sweet over tart, replace the cranberries with raisins.

Tuna salad recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe

Combine the ingredients well. Season with fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to your liking. This is when you sneak a bite. If you’re feeling sassy, add a dash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper for some heat.

Then mix it all up well; you want a little bit of each ingredient in every forkful, don’t you? (The correct answer is: When they taste this good, yes, you do.) Then chill for at least an hour and enjoy.


No need to ever buy pre-made tuna salad from the store again ­— it doesn’t get any simpler. You can eat this healthy tuna salad on its own, make a sandwich, serve it atop a bed of greens or dip crackers into it. There’s no wrong way to gobble down tuna salad.

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Tuna salad recipe - Dr. Axe

Tuna Salad Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Our take on classic tuna salad that’s easy to prepare. The tuna taste shines through the other complementary — and equally delicious — ingredients.


  • one 5-ounce can tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • ¼ cup coconut oil mayonnaise (or Paleo mayonnaise)
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 tablespoons unsweetened dried cranberries
  • fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a bowl, combine tuna, coconut oil mayonnaise, celery, onion, mustard and cranberries.
  2. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Mix until well combined.
  3. Optional: Chill for at least one hour before serving.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: Main dishes
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving (202 g)
  • Calories: 233
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 395 mg (26% DV)
  • Fat: 12.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.7 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 19.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg

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  1. Karen Anderson on

    I’ve made this tuna salad a few times now, and I love it. This evening, I’m enjoying some more. Thanks again Dr. Axe!


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