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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.

YUM

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Healthy Homemade Tuna Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

  • 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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Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

With this homemade blue cheese dressing recipe, feel free to add as much or as little blue cheese crumbles as you like. I say, go ahead and load it up!

Homemade dressing is just so much better than store-bought dressing, you can still find good ones out there but it is definitely worth trying out to make it homemade sometime!

If you haven’t tried making your own dressing yet, please give it a try. It’s really very easy and it’s better for you (no additives!), more economical, and way fresher tasting.

Ingredients Needed:

This easy blue cheese dressing recipe has just 6 simple ingredients (plus salt & pepper), but is packed with so much delicious flavor. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Greek yogurt & mayonnaise – These two ingredients provide the creamy texture of this dressing. For a low-calorie version, use nonfat Greek yogurt.
  • Blue cheese crumbles – The star of the dressing! Crumble your own or buy pre-crumbled and feel free to add as much or as little as you like.
  • Garlic – Adds fresh flavor to the dressing.
  • White wine vinegar – The vinegar adds a little tang. You could also use red wine vinegar or another favorite vinegar.
  • Milk – Adding a small amount of milk gives the dressing the right consistency. I typically use 2%, but you can really use any variety of milk you prefer.
  • Salt & Pepper – To bring out all of the delicious flavor.

How to Make Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing


This blue cheese dressing could not be easier to make at home. There’s simply no need for store-bought salad dressings when you have one as tasty as this! In my opinion, homemade dressings are the way to go because they always taste so much fresher, plus you get complete control over the ingredients. Just follow a few simple steps to make this homemade blue cheese dressing recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full printable recipe.

Mix together ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, mayo, blue cheese, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix together, mashing the blue cheese into the mixture as you go. Slowly stir in the milk. Mix well.
Taste. Taste and add any additional ingredients, like more salt and pepper, as needed.
Store. All done! The flavors will develop the longer it sits. Store the dressing in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for one to two weeks.

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Customize This Recipe


Like any salad dressing recipe, you can experiment with the ingredients and make the dressing to your taste. That’s one of the advantages to making salad dressing from scratch. You can add as much blue cheese as you like. Omit the garlic, or use shallot instead, or another fresh herb of your choice. Swap out the yogurt and use sour cream. You could also try adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and/or a different type of vinegar. The options are pretty much endless!



Serving Suggestions


This creamy, flavorful salad dressing is great on most any green salad, from a simple romaine salad to a chopped BBQ salad. And if you’re serving buffalo wings, buffalo cauliflower bites or buffalo chicken lettuce cups, you definitely need this blue cheese dressing! I also love to drizzle it on sandwiches, wraps and burgers, vegetables.



Homemade blue cheese dressing can last up to about one to two weeks in the refrigerator. You can use a leftover salad dressing bottle or mason jar for storage. Before each use, give the dressing a good shake to blend the ingredients. Be sure not to leave the dressing out longer than 2 hours at room temperature. It contains a few dairy products that are perishable and can spoil quickly.

Thanks so much for reading! If you make this recipe I would love for you to let me know below,  And be sure to subscribe to my free newsletters for more healthy food inspiration. Cheers!

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