Easy Mayonnaise-Free Tuna Salad Recipe Is Full of Interesting Flavors by 30Seconds Food

Easy Mayonnaise-Free Tuna Salad Recipe Is Full of Interesting Flavors

If you're trying to eat a little healthier, you're going to love this mayonnaise-free tuna salad recipe. It's full of flavor without the mayonnaise. Perfect for lunches, light dinnerssandwich night or meal prepping.

The mayonnaise-free tuna salad recipe is a savory combination of tuna, chopped green olives, brown sugar (a little sweetness), olive oil (a little richness), apple cider vinegar (a little twang), crushed red pepper flakes (a little heat), garlic powder and smoked paprika (a little spice). Mix up the ingredients, season with salt and pepper, and let it chill for about 10 minutes before serving (this gives the flavors time to blend together a bit).

Not an olive fan? Chopped red bell pepper, pickles, green or red onions or even chopped cucumber would be good substitutes. You could also use canned salmon in place of the canned tuna. Like fresh herbs? Throw some in!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 to 3 sandwiches


  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) tuna in water, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped green olives
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 
  2. Cover the tuna and allow flavors to blend for about 10 minutes. Serve on bread with desired toppings. 

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Sounds good, bonus no mayo! 👍
Elisa Schmitz
Love the idea of adding olives to tuna. Sounds yummy, thanks!
Healthy tuna salad, mmmm.

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