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The Charm of a Simple Tuna Salad

easy paleo tuna salad recipe

This is lunchtime comfort food at its finest…a simple paleo tuna salad.

I almost feel guilty calling this one a recipe because it’s so ridiculously easy. Open a can of tuna, mix it with mayo and other stuff you like, then eat it…duh right?

But no matter how creative I try to get with my paleo lunches, there are many days when this basic tuna salad is what I crave the most.whole30 compliant recipe mark

Now as incredibly simple as this recipe is, that doesn’t mean your plating has to be dull and boring.

I’m sure you’ve heard this old saying: “We eat with our eyes first.” So true, right?

If it looks amazing, you can practically taste it before you pick up your fork.

And check this out – a nutritional study done back in the 1970s found participants actually absorbed more nutrients from those meals they thought were the most visually appealing. Crazy huh? 

So while some meals may not be all that creative, there’s almost always a way to perk up your plate. (Artful plating is how the fancy restaurants get you to shell out the big bucks for a baked chicken breast, right?)

For this tuna salad, I added a bed of colorful mixed greens, bright cherry tomatoes, and fresh avocado slices. And it wasn’t just for a photo op…this ensemble is really how I like it.

Oh and by the way, I enjoyed the greens you see here with a very simple lemon vinaigrette you can whip up yourself in a couple of minutes if you like.

And the canned tuna and paleo mayo are both from Thrive Market in case you’re curious. If you prefer, I have an easy homemade paleo mayo recipe that’s really good too.

Feel free to play around with this recipe to suit your tastes. Want more protein? Add a sliced hard boiled egg to this one. And what if tuna fish isn’t your favorite? No problem…replace it with shredded chicken, canned salmon, smoked trout, or whatever else you’d prefer instead.

So, who’s ready for some lunch? Grab a can opener and get back to basics with this simple paleo recipe for tuna salad. Enjoy! 🙂

Simple Paleo Tuna Salad Recipe

Simple Paleo Tuna Salad Recipe


  • 1 (5 ounce ) can of tuna
  • 1/3 up to 1/2 cup of paleo mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup chopped peppercinis or pickles
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Greens of your choice, plus cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, red onion slices, hard-boiled egg, etc.


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine tuna, mayo, celery, green onion, and peppercinis (or pickles). Taste mixture and add salt, pepper and anything else you think it needs.
  2. Scoop the tuna salad onto a bed of your favorite greens with cherry tomatoes and avocado slices.
  3. Spritz with a fresh-squeezed lemon if desired, or try this simple lemon vinaigrette


Link to my homemade paleo mayo (http://www.paleonewbie.com/easy-paleo-mayo-recipe)


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