For most people, summer is not just about the heat and hitting the pool. To many, summer is also about eating foods that are lighter and more fresh in an attempt to reach that perfect “bikini body“. One of my personal favorite foods to eat is the classic tuna salad. However, due to the mayonnaise and cream cheese base, a potentially light and healthy meal easily gets packed with unnecessary fats and calories. But have no fear, your solution is here! Keep summer light and fresh by making the following healthier tuna salad recipes. They cut calories and add nutrients while maintaining delicious flavor.

Avocado Lover's Tuna Salad

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:15 minutes
  • Servings:3
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 3 large beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup onions (any kind), chopped
  • 5 oz tuna
  • juice of half a lemon
  • tabasco
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt
  • olives (optional)
Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian

Step 1

With a pairing knife, hollow out the tomatoes.

Step 2

Mash your avocado.

Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian

Step 3

With a fork, break the tuna apart into small pieces.

Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian

Step 4

Mix the avocado, tuna, onions, olives, and lemon juice together. Season with salt, pepper, tabasco, and a drizzle of olive oil, to taste.

Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian

Step 5

Fill the tomatoes with the avocado-tuna mixture and serve.

#SpoonTip: If you don’t like tomatoes, place the mixture on your favorite bed of greens. 

Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian

Mustard-Based Tuna Salad

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:15 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 5 oz tuna
  • 1/4 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon roasted almonds or walnuts, chopped
  • 4 tablespoon mustard
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salad greens
  • salad dressing
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian

Step 1

With a fork, break the tuna apart into small pieces.

Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian

Step 2

Mix the tuna with the bell peppers, onions, and walnuts.

Step 3

Add in the mustard and lemon juice.

#SpoonTip: Use two kinds of mustards for more flavor. For example, mix two tablespoons of normal mustard and two tablespoons of Dijon or Trader Joe’s Hot & Sweet Mustard.

Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian

Step 4

Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil, to taste.

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Photo by Victoria Piranian

Step 5

Place on your favorite greens, dress with your favorite salad dressing, and enjoy.

Photo by Victoria Piranian
Photo by Victoria Piranian