No Mayo Tuna Salad

No Mayo Tuna Salad | A Teaspoon of Happiness

Just before Marc and I went to Thailand, we took the train to Almaty. It was a long ride. We needed food, but I wanted to be careful not to bring anything that would spoil. This no mayo tuna salad was the perfect option – protein to keep us full and an oil-based dressing to bring the flavor. Plus, it stayed pretty cold in a our makeshift cooler (i.e. a tote bag with frozen water bottles in it). We’re so classy when we take the train.

No Mayo Tuna Salad | A Teaspoon of Happiness

There really isn’t much else to say about this. It’s just tuna salad without mayo. It’s really not that special. Eat it on a sandwich or a bed of lettuce or just out of the bowl or with some crackers or in a wrap. Just eat it because it’s good.


No Mayo Tuna Salad

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 3 cans tuna, drained
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/31/2 cup olive oil
  • 23 tablespoons lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, flake the tuna with a fork.
  2. Add celery, carrot, onion and bell pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, and mustard (or shake together in a jar).
  4. Pour dressing into salad and stir to combine.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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    gaston hammer (@84__gaston)
    January 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    We like it, view the condition, Bravo. The clientele must have been happy you were aboard for the ride, Thumb up !!!

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    January 29, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I am totally going to try this and I can’t wait!! I need to spice up my packed lunches a little bit and this seems like the perfectly, easy way to do that!

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    May 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Made this tonight as a part of a light no-cook supper for our first 80+ degree day. Delicious salad. Even the wife (who won’t touch salad of any kind) raved about it.

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    May 27, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I try this today and i really love t.. I’m on diet and this what exactly i need…

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    June 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the no mayo recipe, simple which is what I need as a useless cook, and the mayo is bad for the cholesterol so I’m glad it’s no there! Delicious ^_^

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    June 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

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    August 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I made this last night and it was a huge hit. I’m a beginner cook and this was so easy to make! I didn’t add the lemon but it was still great.

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    April 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I made this last night for my lunch today. I’m on day 25 of my first Whole30, and I just did not have it in me to make homemade mayonnaise last night. I also did not feel like cooking. This recipe was pretty easy to follow. I used rainbow carrots instead of the veggies you suggested, but everything else was the same. It was pretty great. 🙂

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    Natalie Marx
    May 26, 2015 at 12:07 am

    The pictures look delicious, but the recipe is ‘broken’ – the ingredients list looks like the instructions for another recipe? Would love to have the ingredients, please! 🙂

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      Melissa Belanger
      May 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Looks like it was a very strange glitch! But, the recipe is back to it’s original now. I hope that didn’t cause too much of a problem for you!

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    January 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I’ll be honest and say that I was a little skeptical of a no-mayo tuna salad, but I’m really trying to eat healthy, so I thought I’d give it a try. Wow! It is delicious! My husband and I agree this will be our new go-to tuna salad recipe! Thank you for an easy, healthy meal!

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      Melissa Belanger
      January 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! I’m so glad you liked it. It’s one of our favorite easy meals, too!

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    May 7, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Perfectly met my goal of no mayo for a reception where the finger food would be on a table. I didn’t have to worry about how long the food was left out! Gobbled up. I rolled up the tuna salad in tortilla shells and cut them into 1 1/2 inch wide roll-ups, secured them with a toothpick, and placed them in standard cupcake papers. Very festive and easy to handle.

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      Melissa Belanger
      May 7, 2018 at 9:08 am

      That’s genius! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome tip! I love it, and I’m glad you liked the recipe.

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    July 19, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I made this this morning for my husband’s lunch, he hasn’t tried it yet but I loved it! I may tweak it in the future, it tasted heavy on the soy a bit. I might also try a bit of lemongrass, we grow it and I love using our garden in the kitchen. It is definitely going on our repeat list.

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    eric L
    January 19, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I added some finely chopped zucchini, used 1 can tuna, 2 green onions instead of regular onion and 1 soup spoon of rinsed capers – this was a perfect lunch served over some shredded power greens – seriously restaurant, spa quality!

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    August 10, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Made this for hubby’s & my lunch today… At first he said he “wasn’t sure about how he felt toward it”—he likes things to just be a certain way, n he’s never eaten no-mayo tuna salad….
    After a few cautious bites, he went back for seconds! He even said it would be good with a bit of ginger—hadn’t thought of that, but think I’ll try next time.
    Definitely making this again!

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