Tuna Salad, 3 Ways

Jazz up your go-to tuna mix with our sesame, Waldorf and pesto variations. Use them to top salads, fill a lettuce cup or snack on with veggie dippers. Remember to check your tuna and mayo labels carefully to ensure you are selecting Whole30-compliant varieties.

Back To Basics

Stick to regular mayo: The lightened-up versions you’ll find on supermarket shelves replace whole ingredients like egg yolks with artificial thickeners. As long as you aren’t using tons of mayo, your daily macros won’t be terribly affected – even better, look for Whole30-compliant brands to ensure your choice is as clean as possible.

Tuna Salad Variations

Sesame: To Basic Salad, stir in 1 tsp toasted sesame oil and ½ tsp toasted sesame seeds. Serve with seaweed strips.

Waldorf: To Basic Salad, add 1 small apple, cored and finely chopped, and
 ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts. Serve with lettuce or collard greens for wrapping. 

Pesto: To Basic Salad, stir in 4 to 5 tsp pesto. (NOTE: Omit salt and pepper before adding pesto as some products are salty.) Serve with cucumber slices and jicama sticks for dipping. Check labels to ensure pesto is dairy-free and compliant.

Prep Time
15 min
15 min


Basic salad

  • 1 5-oz BPA-free can tuna, drained
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 2½ tbsp mayonnaise (TRY: Tessemae’s Organic Mayonnaise)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper


To a medium bowl, add all ingredients; stir until combined.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size ½ of basic salad
  • Calories 214
  • Carbohydrate Content 4 g
  • Cholesterol Content 43 mg
  • Fat Content 16 g
  • Fiber Content 1 g
  • Protein Content 14 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 597 mg
  • Sugar Content 2 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 10 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 3 g