The BEST Tuna Salad

The BEST Tuna Salad

4.2 of 5 (190)
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 190.3
  • Total Fat: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 38.8 mg
  • Sodium: 695.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 11.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 32.5 g

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Introduction

This flavorful tuna salad is made with cottage cheese and yogurt, not mayo. This flavorful tuna salad is made with cottage cheese and yogurt, not mayo.
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients

    1 can albacore tuna
    2/3 cup non-fat cottage cheese
    4 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
    1/4 small red onion, chopped finely
    1 stalk celery, chopped finely
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    splash of lemon juice
    pinch or two of dill

Tips

To change up the flavor, swap the dill for tarragon or thyme.


Directions

This beats the socks off any and all tuna salads I have ever had. And it's healthier too! By the way, I make lunches for my whole week of work so I usually triple the recipe and it makes six sandwiches.

Just throw into a bowl, give it a good mix and ENJOY!

Member Ratings For This Recipe


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    76 of 79 people found this review helpful
    I make this recipe with normal tuna instead of albacore. I've also made it with water chestnuts & green onions instead of celery. I decreased the cottage cheese (because of the sodium) & I use non-fat plain greek yogurt. This is fabulous on cucumber rounds instead of bread! - 1/23/11


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    Incredible!
    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
    I blended the cottage cheese first to make it more creamy...it was great! - 8/22/09


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    Incredible!
    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
    I love mayo-based anything, so I was a bit skeptical of this, but it was SO DELICIOUS, super healthy, so much protein! I used lime juice instead of lemon, apples instead of celery, no dill, and a tiny bit of Lawry's seasoned salt. OMG Yummy!! - 2/25/11


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    Incredible!
    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Awesome! I did not have dill so I added minced dill pickle. I started with 2 TBS of FF Greek Yogurt and 1/3 C FF cottage cheese and found it to be more than sufficient. Thanks so much for this recipe--it is a keeper! - 10/13/10


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    Incredible!
    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
    Beautiful! Delicious, super-easy, healthful. At first missed lemon juice & accidentally heavy on cottage cheese & onion. After tasting, splash (~tsp) lemon juice, more dill (total 1.25 tsp), seasoned salt & fresh black pepper. Extraodinary. Strongly recommend start w/ original (dill!) THANKS - 3/30/12


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    Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    this was strangely yummy. i hate mayo, but i will tolerate it in things like tuna salad but it still grosses me out that its in there. now i can have tuna salad without mayo!

    very yummy, i added salt and pepper. this will be made again for sure. so happy to not have to rely on mayo! thank you!
    - 5/5/08


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    Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I would never have thought of this combination in a million years, but it is GREAT! The yogurt gives it a special tang. I had no dill the second time I made it and tried basil instead. Yummy! I made it a third time and added a can of drained navy beans and a second can of tuna. It was great! - 3/2/10


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    Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I used part-skim ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and non=fat greek yogurt instead of plain yogurt. Also added a few carrots(just because).Used regular mustard because i didn't have Dijon.Still delicious I have been looking for a alternative for tuna salad and this is it! Thanks GORGEOUS26! - 8/19/12


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    Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Cottage cheese, huh? This was/is very good and a keeper. For an additional 90 calories, I used weight watchers rye bread. For a creamy finish, I blended the cottage cheese, yogurt, lime juice and dill in the nutribullet! - 9/2/09


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    Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    EXTRAORDINARY! This was BEYOND amazing! Thank you so much for posting this! I can see how either you love it or hate it, as it's very unconventional, but the combination of flavors in this make this my new fave lunch! You can TASTE how healthy it is! DELICIOUS! - 9/20/12


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    Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely delicious, and so easy to make! - 6/4/11


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    Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Made with regular tuna served on top of tossed salad with cucumbers for lunch. Big hit with everyone. - 9/19/12


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    Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I don't usually rate recipes, but this was AMAZING! Exactly what I was looking for!

    Thanks!
    - 2/9/12


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    Very Good
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Made this tonight with some tweaks.. added relish and apples, changed dijon to honey mustard. Had maybe 1/5 of the recipe (it made a lot!) on some bread with spinach and provolone. Delicious - 1/7/12


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    Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    It was surprisingly good. I made it for lunch at work and people asked me what it was.. I liked it and would make it again. - 3/4/10


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    Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    We'll definitely make this again; it's great! - 1/27/09


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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I looked at the nutritional breakdown of this recipe because the recipe says "1 can tuna." The size is 2.5 oz can. I don't thnk I've ever found a can that small. The dressing is great. I'm using it as a veggie dip. - 7/1/13


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    Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Okay, I was very skeptical (especially after making brownies made out of beans...yuck), but WOW..... It is sooo good!! Way more flavorful than just the typical tuna salad with mayo. When you said the Best tuna salad, you weren't kidding. Thanks so much for sharing!! - 8/6/12


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    Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    O....M....G.... I can't praise this salad enough! I was sceptical of the tuna/cottage cheese combo, but boy am I glad I gave it a try. I used only 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and had to play a little bit with the lemon/Dijon/dill ratio, but I've ended up with heavenly lunch recipe. : ) SO YUMMY !! - 9/13/15


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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    FYI for Diane7786: The recipe breakdown was for 1 serving and this makes 2 servings so you would use a 5 ounce can of tuna. Hope that clarifies it for you. - 8/20/13


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    Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Thank you! There are SO many variations you can make with this to change up the flavors too... this is awesome! :o) - 6/4/09


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    Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    me and my husband enjoyed this new way of eating tuna. Yummm - 9/11/12


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    Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I really liked this even though I prefer a bit more flavor. - 8/27/12


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    Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    delicious! thanks! - 7/27/10


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    Very Good
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    It sounds amazing! did you try making it with fat free cottage cheese and yogurt? with all the flavors, i couldn't tell the difference - 4/21/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I luv this,it sounds perfect. - 8/31/12


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    Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I may have put too much lemon juice in this, I used the juice from 1/2 lemon. Also, I wasn't sure what size can of tuna to use. I used 14oz (2 small cans). If I make this again, I'll blend the cottage cheese. I'm also thinking this may taste better tomorrow after the flavors have blended more. - 10/20/09


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    great - 4/8/21


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    loved it but I like canned salmon better than tuna as milder taste IMHO. - 3/19/21


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    Very Good
    This was really tasty. I used some dill relish and only half the cottage cheese. - 2/10/21


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    Never done it like this, but gonna give it a try! - 2/8/21


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    Incredible!
    Excellent! I did substitute lite Mir Whip for the yogurt only because I didn't have plain yogurt. Blended in all but the tuna in my little Cuisinart chopper and it was so very good!!! Thanks for the great idea. - 1/18/21


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    love it...creamed the cottage cheese and left out yogurt as I did not have any... used diced dill pickles and no onion... good to go for me with so lettuce on toast....great sandwich - 11/20/20


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    Need to try some new recipe - 10/17/20


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    Very Good
    too much sodium - 9/28/20


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    Incredible!
    no cottage cheese added extra yogurt - 9/18/20


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    :) - 9/6/20


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    I plan to try this one. - 7/25/20


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    Very Good
    This tastes wonderful. I mashed my cottage cheese with the back of a fork first (I think next time I might rinse off my cottage cheese as it was pretty runny and probably didn't need the yogurt) Use greek yogurt . I had to thicken it up a little with chia seeds. - 7/10/20


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    looks yummy - 7/6/20


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    Very Good
    Made this for my Mom, she liked it~ - 7/6/20


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    Incredible!
    Simple and delicious! - 6/25/20


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    Incredible!
    I was skeptical, but now I am a fan. This recipe gives you the creamy feel of tuna salad without all the empty calories of mayo. I accidentally added too much yogurt, so my first attempt was a little tart and runny, but still edible. The real deal should be outstanding. Give it a shot! - 5/19/20


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    Incredible!
    really good! but i do still love the mayo best - 4/17/20


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    Ill have try this. Certainly different then my usual. - 2/23/20


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    Very Good
    tasty - 2/20/20


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    Very Good
    I followed the recipe but doubled it. I also added salt and pepper and more red onion. But is is good if you like tuna salad. I was worried because no eggs but honestly I did not miss them. I too but the cottage cheese in my blender to make it smooth. - 1/24/20


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    I used tuna in water and sweet pickle relish instead of the onion. I liked it. - 1/10/20


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    I have to have sugar free sweet pickle relish in mine. But it's a great idea to use the yogurt and cottage cheese. - 12/31/19


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    NICE - 12/17/19


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    Good
    Great - 12/10/19


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    Leave out the onions and this sounds perfect. I will try it.... - 11/23/19


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    Incredible!
    I was surprised how moist and delicious this tuna salad was with absolutely no mayonnaise! I will definitely add this to my go to lunch menus. Made this recipe and loved it! I never had thought to add cottage cheese or yogurt to my tuna and was so happily surprised with the result!
    - 11/20/19


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    Incredible!
    Thanks - 11/4/19


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    Incredible!
    Love this and love dill so added more. - 9/25/19


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    Bad
    no. just no! - 9/25/19


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    Very Good
    It was a little bland. I added pickled red onions, garlic salt, pepper, and a little bit of Heinz 57. Really good - 9/10/19


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    thank you - 7/20/19


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    thanks - 7/13/19


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    Incredible!
    Love this as is but like to add 1 tbsp of the dijon mustard - 7/12/19


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    Incredible!
    Really good! - 6/27/19


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    Incredible!
    This was a zippy recipe for tuna salad. I liked the crunch and the flavor. - 6/13/19


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    I am not a big fan of tuna but I tried this and it was better than I expected. - 6/3/19


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    sounds good - 4/9/19


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    Incredible!
    I moved away from mayo a long time ago and switched to yogurt, but cottage cheese?!? I was pleased after I mashed the cottage cheese. I tossed in some apple slices along celery (I always use with tuna along with sweet pickles). I didn't have Dijon mustard and used spicy mustard instead. - 4/7/19


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    Yummy! - 3/21/19


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    Incredible!
    We love this and have it often when we are really busy - 3/18/19


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    Great idea - 1/28/19


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    Incredible!
    Unique recipe never thought of adding cottage cheese. - 1/17/19


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    I'm not sure how I feel about cottage cheese mixed with tuna - 12/15/18


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    Thanks - 12/6/18


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    This sounds delicious and different. I saved the recipe in my collection and will rate once I make it. I will try reducing the cottage cheese a little to reduce sodium. - 12/1/18


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    Incredible!
    So delicious! - 10/30/18


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    Incredible!
    I love this - 10/30/18


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    Incredible!
    YUM - 10/20/18


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    Very Good
    I added apples and limited the amount of cottage cheese. This is one of my stable entrees and cranberries are also a nice touch. This is right on time and oh, so good. - 10/3/18


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    Are they net carbs or total carbs? - 9/27/18


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    Incredible!
    very very good - 9/21/18


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    Love tuna salad - 8/29/18


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    Very Good - 8/9/18


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    Incredible!
    I never thought of using cottage cheese but it was delicious. - 8/3/18


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    It was very good. Tweaked it just a bit! - 8/3/18


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    Incredible!
    Tastes great! And I’m always low on protein . Never imagined cottage cheese with tuna . Thanks for this great idea - 7/1/18


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    I knocked out the cottage cheese (don't need two proteins in one meal) and upped the yogurt. And I used pickle juice instead of lemon juice. Pretty good. - 6/12/18


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    Incredible!
    I made this just as the recipe specified. Awesome! I had it on crackers with a slice of cucumber. - 5/30/18


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    yum - 5/25/18


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    Incredible!
    Delicious and different! - 5/2/18


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    O.K.
    Tarragon cuts fishy taste and use celery or flakes and make before. Yogurt is good sub for mayo - 4/8/18


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    Put the ounces for tuna. This would really help. Thanks - 4/6/18


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    Yum. Sounds great. - 3/13/18


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    Tasty - 3/5/18


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    delicious - 3/2/18


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    This is what's for lunch. - 2/21/18


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    Incredible!
    I wasn’t so sure about the cottage cheese and yogurt but WOW. Very good - 2/19/18


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    I love all the comments suggestions - so creative! - 2/14/18


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    Very Good
    Cottage cheese what a great idea. I used a little low fat cream cheese instead of yogurt. An added a little pickle juice an garlic salt an pepper. Very good:) thanks - 1/23/18


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    Incredible!
    Everyone loves this recipe. - 1/21/18


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    Very Good
    Thanks for sharing - 1/4/18


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    Great stuff. Grandkids loved it - 1/3/18