Tuna salad to go is a fantastic recipe to have on hand for meal planning for busy weeks. It uses simple, fresh ingredients and is a healthy way to get protein and veggies into your diet.
Tuna, Plain & Simple
When you see a recipe for tuna salad, you probably think of tuna mixed with a big heap of mayonnaise squished between two pieces of bread. If you added a few potato chips under the top slice of bread for some good measure, you would have my childhood lunch.
Now that we're grown-ups and watching all the calories, fat, and well, everything we put into our diet, this recipe will fit into any meal plan you have going and doesn't have any dressing. Yes, you read that correctly; no dressing or mayonnaise or anything “extra.”
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When working with my meal planning notes, I decided to add this back into the rotation. It hasn't been there for a while and I needed some simple proteins and more veggies for the busy days on the schedule. So, I came up with a quick salad that is pretty tasty.
The secret ingredient for this dish is lemon zest! Anytime you need a pop of flavor, always break out your Microplane and zest away my friends. A little goes a long way. In fact for this recipe, you will only need about a teaspoon!
This recipe is perfect for mason jars too! Pack a few jars to have on hand for the week and you have tuna salad ready to go!
I've added a printable recipe below for your convenience and hope this tasty meal makes it to your table soon!
- 1 can tuna (5 oz.) in water, drained
- 1 head romaine heart lettuce, chopped
- 1 Roma tomato, deseeded and chopped
- 3-4 asparagus spears, chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, optional
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
- In a large glass bowl, chop washed lettuce with salad shears into 1" pieces
- In a separate bowl, Add drained tuna, veggies, nuts and salt & garlic powder. Toss lightly. Add lemon zest and toss.
- Add bowl of tuna salad to chopped lettuce and serve.
If making in mason jars, add chopped lettuce to bottom 1/3 of a jar, then add tuna mixture and top with more lettuce. Seal jar and place in refrigerator.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1211mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 12g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 12g
I've added some affiliate links to this post for all the items I use for this recipe. One of my favorites is the Chef'n Salad Shears because it makes chopping salad fast and easy!
Love this recipe and hope you do too!