Healthy Garden Tuna Salad with Balsamic Vinegar – Summer Bikini Ready Recipe

by Sugar on May 17, 2012 · 12 comments

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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.

Cook’s notes:

If you want to cut out the mayonnaise for less calories just use extra balsamic vinegar or a tablespoon of Dijon mustard.



Susana says:

I am so glad I found your Youtube channel…I can’t wait to use this as a reference and try these recipes soon! I am barely turning 18, but you’re videos are so inspiring and almost too easy…I wanna cook for someone, haha.I am entirely too grateful!! Thank you.

Sugar says:

Oh you are so sweet. You made my day. My goal is to show how easy it is so that people like you will try it. Thanks for the feedback and do be sure to share my site with family and friends so we can spread some kitchen love. Oh and let me know how your cooking turns out. If you need help just email me. :)

Jenny says:

I just made this for dinner tonight. It was AMAZING and I’ve got a feeling that I’ll probably be making this very, very often!

Sugar says:

So glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback. :)

Myranda says:

I found this on Pinterest and am enjoying it right now! It’s delish. I have some leftover that didn’t fit on the bread, so I threw it on a lettuce bed and it is wonderful that way as well.

Sugar says:


I’m so glad you like it. Thanks for the sweet feedback and be sure to try some of my other recipes and pass it on to your friends and family. We can never have enough Kitchen Love!!! :)

Judy Tinney says:

This is a Great idea!! I will make this for myself and 2 friends this weekend! thank you!!

Sugar says:

So glad you like it. Enjoy!

Kristin says:

This looks awesome!! Looking forward to making it this week. Please post more healthy recipes.

Sugar says:

Glad you like this recipe. I’ll try to get to some more of the healthy ones I make all the time. Thanks for the feedback.


lisa says:

This looks deeeelish! Can’t wait to try it!!

Sugar says:

Glad you like it Lisa. Let me know what you think when you try it. :)