easy tuna salad

Our favourite easy tuna salad

There’s a reason I’ve been making this easy tuna salad week after week for years. It’s healthy and delicious and made with the simplest of salad ingredients that you’ve probably nearly always got in your fridge. Try it – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Course Salad
Keyword best salad, easy tuna salad, tuna fish, tuna salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 546 kcal
Author Helen


  • 6 handfuls lettuce or similar fresh green leaves
  • 6.5 ounces tuna in water (canned)
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ cucumber sliced
  • 10 slices beetroot (canned or jarred is fine)
  • 2 handfuls grated cheese or use another tasty cheese - whatever you have
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ carrot grated or finely sliced (optional)
  • 4 slices onion (raw)
  • 2 handfuls walnuts crushed

for the dressing

to serve (optional)

  • toasted bread with olive oil and sea salt
  • mayonnaise
US Customary - Metric


  1. Start by placing the fresh green leaves in the bottom of 2 big wide bowls.
  2. Divide the tuna between the 2 bowls, then add all the other ingredients (apart from the walnuts and onions) next to each other in little piles.
  3. Scatter the onion over the tuna and the walnuts over all the ingredients in the bowls.
  4. Drizzle over the olive oil and balsamic glaze.
  5. Serve with the toasted bread and mayonnaise (if you like).

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is only a guide, of course! Don’t have any carrots or cucumber? No worries, just throw in something else that you have got, like sundried tomatoes or a few slices of apple.

I often vary the exact ingredients and amounts in this recipe, but I always try to include some kind of cheese, avocado, beetroot and some kind of nut for maximum deliciousness!

Of course, you can use balsamic vinegar (or a different kind of vinegar or dressing) instead if you don’t have balsamic glaze.

Nutrition Facts
Our favourite easy tuna salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 546 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Potassium 1062mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 9g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 74.5%
Vitamin C 31.4%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 18.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.