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Healthy Homemade Tuna Salad

Healthy tuna salad is a light, refreshing meal packed with fresh herbs, crunchy garden cucumbers, and the delightful twist of freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can make so many different meals with this tuna salad! Here are some ideas!

Tuna sandwiches

Tuna cheese melts

Serve as a dip with carrots, celery, and crackers.

Add to the top of a bed of fresh lettuce.

Place sliced cheese on crackers with a small dollop of tuna salad on top.

Pita pocket with lettuce, tomato, and tuna salad.

Make it a wrap 

Serve it over some cooked pasta.

Swap out the celery for cucumber.

Make a Mexican version by adding cilantro, lime juice (instead of lemon), and a dash of cumin.

For some sweet crunch, dice up some fresh apples to add to the salad. Add walnuts for some Waldorf inspiration.

Add diced hard boiled eggs.



Healthy Homemade Tuna Salad Recipe


  • 4 cans tuna – I like Wild Planet
  • 1 recipe homemade avocado mayo
  • I lemon, juiced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • Handful fresh herbs (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Make a batch of my favorite homemade avocado mayo. I promise you it is super simple.

In a large bowl, add canned tuna (drain, if needed) and mayo.

Dice onions and celery. If you have kids, I suggest dicing the onions into really small pieces.

Chop herbs and add to bowl. This step is totally optional, but fresh herbs add so much brightness and flavor to the salad.

Squeeze lemon juice over the top.

Mix well and serve.


  • Fresh cilantro is my favorite herb to add, but you could also add a handful of fresh parsley or basil.
  • This recipe utilizes my favorite homemade avocado mayo. You could substitute it for store-bought, if needed. Always opt for avocado mayo, because most other types are made with unhealthy, refined vegetable oils.
  • For extra lemon flavor, add the zest of one lemon.
  • Tuna packed in water, olive oil, or just salt will work with this recipe. Make sure to drain the tuna before making this recipe.
  • Try to pick the best quality tuna you can afford. Wild and sustainably caught fish is the top choice.

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10 Healthy Freezer Staples

As much as I love using fresh, whole foods to build my meals on a daily basis; sometimes I need to lean on my freezer as a backup. I’m going to show you the 10 healthy freezer staples I like to keep on hand for nutritious meals when I’m in a pinch and/or short on time.

10 Healthy Staples I have In My Freezer:

Frozen fruit: mango, pineapple, avocado, bananas, blueberries, strawberries + raspberries


Frozen tortillas and/or English muffins

Soup or chili: always cook once and eat (at least twice), often this looks like lentil soup, turkey chili, or minestrone soup

Sweet treat or grab-n-go breakfast: peanut butter oat bars, chocolate chip cookies, or breakfast sandwiches

Grass-fed meat, organic chicken, heritage breed pork: +

Salmon + Scallops: +

Frozen veggie burgers

Frozen veggie dumplings

Truffle flatbread: from Costcos, not super clean – but SO good

Frozen peas + edamame: kids love frozen peas as a snack and edamame is great in lunch boxes

And one last thing! When possible I like to buy organic, & lower-sugar tubes of yogurt and leave them in the freezer as a cold and creamy sweet treat for the kids. Like an ice pop, but less sugar.

I’d love to know if you try this or ideas I can try as well (or any) recipes you have tried! Let me know in the reply section and join the conversation. 🙂

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