This keto tuna salad recipe makes a great work lunch, school lunch, or even a quick dinner on a busy weeknight. It’s super affordable, too — about $1 for the can of tuna, and mere pennies for the mayo and spices. I’ve paid as much as $10 for keto meals and snacks before. If something has the word “keto” on it, it automatically gets 5x more expensive, so it helps to prepare low-carb meals at home.
What should I pair with the tuna salad?
The world is your oyster! My favorite pairing is with pre-washed bagged lettuce. Just open the bag, dump on a plate, and add tuna salad. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Plus, that way I’m eating my veggies. It can be hard to get enough fiber and vitamins/minerals sometimes, and this is a great way to get in some extra nutrition. According to the Institute of Medicine, adult women need 25g of fiber per day, and men need 38g. With a keto diet, you may think you’re getting plenty of fiber, but just know that added fiber isn’t the same as fiber naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables.
This tuna salad is also good as a dip. I have dipped celery, keto crackers, and even regular crackers in the tuna salad when I’m not being as strict with my carbs. It’s delicious on some low-sodium saltines. Barring all that, just eat it plain! It’s just as delicious when eaten solo.
A quick note about the mayo
It’s tempting to use light mayo to cut back on the calories, but if you’re looking for a keto meal, it’s better to use full fat mayo, since manufacturers often replace the fats with sugar and other carb-laden fillers. This meal can also be made Paleo and Whole 30 compliant by using a Paleo-friendly mayo such as this one.
Spicing it up
I used garlic salt for this recipe to make it even easier (sometimes you’re hungry and don’t want to wait!), but if you don’t have garlic salt, you can add a pinch of salt and a couple shakes of garlic powder, and you’re good to go. I also think this would be good with some chives…mmm! Or Italian seasoning, I swear it goes with anything. Maybe that’s just me though.
But wait, I’m still hungry…
Keto Tuna Salad
- 1 can tuna in water
- 2 tbsp mayo
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- Drain the water from the tuna
- Mix ingredients together
- Serve on a bed of lettuce, dip keto crackers in it, or eat plain!