As far as quality protein sources go, tuna is one of the best and most affordable options available to you on the paleo diet.
It's also wildly convenient, as you can buy it in bulk and simply grab the can opener (or pop the top open) any time you need an easy lunch.
But let's be honest: many people eat lots of tuna during their childhood, and might be kind of sick of the old tuna-mayo sandwiches. In fact, that might be why some people don't think to eat it as often as other protein sources like chicken or beef.
We hear you. Old-school tuna sandwiches are boring, and bread isn't allowed on paleo. That's why we crafted this tangy, crunchy, and satisfying paleo tuna salad that goes well on its own. We're sure it's going to give you a reason to stock up on canned tuna going forward.
This Recipe Is:
- Made with 100% natural ingredients
- Packed with protein
Ingredients Used In This Recipe:
- Canned tuna
- Red onion
- Pine nuts
- Fresh dill
Top 3 Health Benefits of This Paleo Tuna Salad:
Here are three ways this paleo tuna salad can boost your health:
- Great for a low-carb diet: Whether you're on keto, paleo, or simply just watching your carb intake in an effort to lose weight, this paleo tuna salad is perfect for you. There's only 2 grams of carbs per serving, and when you factor in fiber, that number is cut in half. Many studies have shown the benefits of low-carb diets—they range from weight loss to improved metabolic function to improved blood markers like lipids and cholesterol [*][*].
- Tuna is packed with protein: For some reason, tuna is often overlooked as a go-to protein on whole-food diets. That's a shame, considering one 3-ounce serving has more than 17 grams of protein, along with healthy fats that are good for your heart [*]. Another underrated benefit is that tuna is very affordable; the brand we recommend (Portofino) is solid yellowfin tuna packed in healthy olive oil, and costs $0.48 per ounce (steak, for example, costs about $0.53 per ounce) [*].
- Pine nuts are full of healthy minerals: You'll get more than a satisfying crunch from adding pine nuts to this paleo tuna salad. Pine nuts contain more than 14 different essential minerals your body needs, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and selenium [*].
Paleo Tuna Salad
- Yield: 4 servings
- Serving size: 3 ounces
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- 2 (4-5-ounce) cans tuna, packed in olive oil (Portofino is a great brand)
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- ¼ cup cucumber, finely chopped
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl, mix together tuna, celery, cucumber, onion, pine nuts, and dill.
- Mix the mayonnaise and mustard together in a separate bowl.
- Add the mayo mixture to the tuna mixture and combine until well coated. Season with salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
- Fat: 25.5g
- Protein: 17.5g
- Total Carbohydrates: 2g
- Fiber: 1g
- Net Carbohydrates: 1g
- Fat: 74.5%
- Protein: 23%
- Carbohydrates: 2.5%