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  • Theresa Gentile

5 Simple Canned Tuna Recipes For Work or a Picnic

Updated: Feb 22

Bored of plain ol’ tuna and mayo? Jazz up your tuna sandwiches with these quick twists for a healthy lunch!



I won’t lie to you.


I. love. Canned. Tuna. Fish…With mayo. It’s one of those comfort foods from my childhood…canned tuna (with mayo) on warm toast. As a kid, I HATED when my mother would sneak icky celery, scallions or - heaven forbid - onion in it. I just wanted it plain. With mayo. Did I mention the mayo?


Well, I’ve since grown up to have a more mature palate (perhaps ;) and am aware that slathering mayo on toast probably isn’t the healthiest lunch. And I know the science behind all the heart healthy omega three fatty acids in tuna and why fatty fish should be added to your weekly routine at least twice. (Click here to read my easy guide to cooking fish) So, I’ve come up with a few quick and easy healthy canned tuna recipe ideas to integrate in my family’s routine.


Canned tuna is also a great backup pantry item. It’s always there, just waiting to be opened when you’ve run out of other ideas. If I don’t make a lunch for my husband, he buys lunch out every day. He works in an area with a great selection of restaurants, so I can’t blame him, but this can easily add up to $50.00 per week. Absurd. Even if I can whip up a couple quick lunches each week, it’ll save quite a bit of money. (In case you’re worried about mercury in tuna, read my article on how much fish you (and little kiddos) should, and can, eat safely.) Canned tuna (or other fish) has always made a healthy, quick lunch. (And still does.)


These 5 variations of a quick and healthy tuna salad recipe should keep the boredom down and the omega 3’s up!


Mix 1 or more cans of solid white tuna with a little mayo, or a little extra virgin olive oil, and enjoy experimenting!


Simple, Easy and Healthy Canned Tuna Recipes


1. Fresh, thyme, chopped celery, shredded carrots, chopped scallions

2. Black olives, capers, grated red onion, celery, garlic

3. Dijon mustard, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber

4. Italian tuna (packed in oil), fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh parsley

5. Chopped avocado + halved cherry tomatoes


What's your favorite healthy way to make tuna?