Mayo-Free Tuna Salad


This Mayo-Free Tuna Salad doesn’t miss a beat of flavor from the elimination of mayonnaise. I have recently started buying tuna packed in pure olive oil as opposed to being packed in water.  It went against everything that I was traditionally taught.  Oil is fat, therefore, fat will make you fat, right? ~ pshaw.  No, fat doesn’t make you fat, grains and sugar and inactivity do.  It is a difficult thing to retrain your brain.  I have been changing my eating habits over the past two years of my life.  The fun part of the journey is learning new things to eat, reading about what goes into my body, actually listening to what my body is telling me and teaching my daughters the same things.

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Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

For this simple tuna salad, I used a 5 ounce can of tuna packed in olive oil (this is one of the few foods that I eat out of a can).  Drain the oil and transfer the tuna to a bowl.

Add:
2 teaspoons of mustard (I used yellow mustard, but add some Dijon if you want a kick)
1-2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped dill
sea salt and ground pepper to taste
1 squirt of Sriracha or preferred hot sauced

Alternative additions: capers, chopped celery, chopped onion, nuts

I rounded out this meal with some strawberries, walnuts, 1/2 hard-boiled egg, raw mini-zucchini, and some olives.

Enjoy!


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  1. I love that you are passing your new knowledge onto your daughter :) awesome! I'm not a fan of fish but I need to eat more…ASAP!!! I might give this a whirl :)

  2. I still catch myself trying to cut fat, or having that fat in my food guilt. Yesterday I was cooking broccoli with bacon fat, and for about 10 seconds I thought where should I cut fat to make up for this? But then I always remember how good I'm going to feel after, how an hour later I won't be raiding the kitchen because I won't be hungry from that gross low fat meal!! But shopping it's still an automatic to grab the lower fat option like tuna on water, we were so brainwashed.

  3. i've only been on the paleo type diet since the beginning of the year and have lost almost 22 pounds! You should see the looks I get from friends when I tell them I eat fried eggs, veggies and the all forbidden bacon almost every morning!! Its comical!!

  4. I've been trying to figure out what to make my sons for lunch since we've started eating better (not quite paleo but pretty close!) This looks amazing. They hate mayo too so were never crazy about tuna…this could be a winner! Thanks!

    • Fantastic! I hope this works out for you…I have two young daughters and it is always on my mind of their likes/dislikes. However, they are better eaters and more aware than they were 2 years ago, so I'll take that as a win and keep trying…! :-)

  5. I've been looking for ways to make tuna without the mayo, this is perfect and sounds amazing! Cant wait to try it :)

  6. Tuna salad :) Can't wait to try the half egg. I think it will be an amazing salad so far., Will try this tonight. Thanks for this recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Cheers! It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.

  8. I was wondering where you got the plate your meal is on. I love it!

    • I go on “plate hunts” at different stores, antique shops and even yard sales. This was from a little Peddler’s Mall I was at one day and thought they were great. I believe it is plate for Indian cuisine…a lot of times you will have a large area for the curried meat and then smaller sections for the raisins, chutney, coconut flakes, etc.

    • I go on "plate hunts" at different stores, antique shops and even yard sales. This was from a little Peddler's Mall I was at one day and thought they were great. I believe it is plate for Indian cuisine…a lot of times you will have a large area for the curried meat and then smaller sections for the raisins, chutney, coconut flakes, etc.

  9. I just stumbled on this today so forgive me if I seem ignorant…….According to scientists, after eating a high fat meal, your arteries are unable to transport blood as they should and the endothelium that makes up the lining of the blood vessels can become knobby allowing cells of blood or fat to get "stuck" leading to potential build up of plaque. If medical doctors find this way of eating unhealthy and say it can lead to heart disease, other medical doctors say eat more meat (Atkins), Vegans just the opposite, what are we supposed to eat? I knew a lady once who said she received dietary guidelines from her cardiologist and guides from her pulmonologist each mandating eating this and not that, so she decided "if it tastes good spit it out". I am confused

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