Simple Tuna Salad (Whole 30, Paleo)

(Last Updated On: October 19, 2020)

Simple Tuna Salad

This Simple Tuna Salad has become a staple in our lunch routine. I’ve done a few rounds of Whole 30, and I’ve found you need some simple meal ideas in your tool belt, not only during Whole 30 but anytime really. Usually, we take leftovers for lunch, but sometimes there aren’t any left, and it’s great to know with a few ingredients we have on hand I can still whip up a healthy lunch for the next day. This recipe comes together in less than 5 minutes and there are lots of ways to change it up. For example, the pic below, putting on plantain chips, and topping with pickles, kind of like mini sliders!

tuna sliders on plantain chips whole 30 paleo pickles

Current Updates

A quick little update today, I’m starting to go stir crazy. Really really stir crazy. I just want to go to the nail salon and Homegoods!! Oh, how I miss HomeGoods and brunch. I would give almost anything to be sitting in this sunshine, sipping a brunch cocktail. However, I know that missing these things is a small sacrifice to make to save a life. I am grateful that so many of the people we care about, including ourselves, have the option of staying home when so many people don’t. How are you guys holding up? What are you missing the most?

Who Doesn’t Love a Little Sweetness?

When you think of a simple tuna salad, you might not think sweet. But there is something really nice about the subtle sweetness that the cranberries and carrots add to this recipe. When Dave and I were first dating and this for him, he was like did you add cranberries in the tuna, I was a little embarrassed assuming he didn’t like it. “I’ll leave them out next time,” “No, I was surprised how much I liked it, you should ALWAYS put those in.” I’ve been putting cranberries in Daves tuna salad ever since.

simple tuna salad with pickles and plantain chips over arugula lettuce

Tips, Recs, Subs

  • Tuna – Make sure you use wild-caught tuna. I prefer tuna in water over oil, but that’s a personal preference.
  • Mayo – If you want this to be Whole 30/Paleo complaint make sure you get a complaint mayo. My go-to is Primal Kitchen. If you haven’t tried their brand yet for Paleo & Whole 30 complaint sauces and things you definitely should look into them.
  • A lot of time dried fruit is LOADED with extra sugar. Make sure you buy a brand that has no added sugar in it.
  • Herbs – You can add fresh herbs if you have some on hand. You can also add dill, thyme, or Italian seasoning depending on your taste preference.
tuna salad cranberries carrots mayo

Simple Tuna Salad

Whole 30/Paleo and Keto Tuna Salad. Simple yet delicious
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


  • Mixing Bowl


  • 2 Cans Tuna
  • 3 Tablespoons Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Small Carrot Shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Cranberries
  • 1 handful green onions or scallions chopped
  • Plantain chips, Pickles, Arugula Optional to serve with


  • Drain water from tuna can. Add all ingredients to mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Serve with a side of arugula, on its own, or with plantain chips.
Keyword gluten free, paleo, salad, tuna, whole 30

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