Move over boring tuna salad – My healthy tuna salad is moving in. It’s packed with fresh vegetables and not loaded down with a ton of mayonnaise so it’s a leaner option to the traditional version. Since my husband and I like to eat as healthy during the weekdays as we can (we save our treat meals and desserts for the weekends) we eat a lot of salad, grilled chicken, soups and tuna during the week. I’m always trying to make lunch a little more interesting and my Healthy Garden Tuna Salad does just that.
If you have never tried tuna with balsamic vinegar you are in for a treat. It gives the salad a nice kick with a lot less calories and fat than loading it up with mayo. I don’t eliminate the mayonnaise altogether (although you can) because I do love mayo, but it is a heck of a lot less fattening than the traditional way and far more flavorful.
Healthy Garden Tuna Salad with Balsamic Vinegar
Makes 5 servings
- 1 (12oz) can Solid White Albacore Tuna in water, drained
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1/4 of a small onion, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl; mix well and season with salt and pepper. If tuna seems too dry add a little more mayo and or vinegar.
Serve as a sandwich or, for the lowest impact on your waistline, just enjoy it over a salad with some bread sticks.
If you want to cut out the mayonnaise for less calories just use extra balsamic vinegar or a tablespoon of Dijon mustard.