Fishy! Tuna Salad

Another healthy recipe for all of you aspiring cooks out there! Tuna Salad anyone? Known to be a very fat-laden food, we wanted to find a way to still enjoy it without the extra calories. Where to begin, you ask?

I began with a base recipe that went a little something like this:

4- 5 ounce cans tuna in oil
200g+/- Mayonnaise
1 stalk celery, chopped finely
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
splash of lemon juice

Then I determined what the highest calorie ingredients in the recipe were.

200g+/- cup Mayonnaise
4- 5 ounce cans tuna in oil

Easiest way to make this recipe healthy? Replace these ingredients with healthier alternatives. Sounds simple, right?

IMG_3240Hah! You expected me to say “Wrong!” didn’t you? It really is that easy!


The easiest swap was replacing the tuna in oil(or brine) for tuna in water, reducing the calories in this recipe by about 330. Now, I know this is a controversial topic with a nearing-religious following, so you can decide for yourself on this one. Mayonnaise lovers refuse to use IMG_3241anything but the real thing. Dieters refuse to use anything other than the fat-free. For this recipe, I chose to use the Asda “lighter” option, which has a fraction of the calories and fat, but still has a good flavour, which impressed me. 707cal/100g vs 109cal/100g. WOW.

I know that calories aren’t everything and that it doesn’t always mean healthier, but the reduction in the fat content alone is enough to sway my decision on this one. And the flavour just sealed the deal. IMG_3242I tried a few variations with spices and flavours too, which turned out great. Try a few out for yourself and let us know how it turns out!