Simple Caper Lemon Tuna Salad

Caper Lemon Tuna Salad

My caper lemon tuna salad means no cooking and a quick healthy meal . It’s got healthier ingredients and you’ve got all the power flavor too!

Tuna Salad Recipe

Work in some of the traditional tuna salad ingredients with more of the healthy ingredients and what you have is an awesome healthy tuna salad! Everyone should have a tuna salad recipe in their toolbox.

And, today we’re looking for how to make tuna salad healthy! And, be sure, to try this avocado oil based mayo! It’s healthier for us!

Tuna Salad with Capers and Celery

Tuna is a unique fish, which contains an extensive list of macro and microelements useful for the body, as well as vitamins.

Therefore, it is a favorite among adherents of healthy proper nutrition, as well as fans of diets, since it is considered low in calories.

On average, it is 96 kcal per 100 g of canned food and 101 kcal for fresh meat.

Now if you’ve never tried capers in your tuna salad, then get ready for micro pops of flavor!

Easy Tuna Salad

One of my Mom’s best salads was a tuna salad. She used the cheapest dark tuna packed in oil, a lot of mayo, and heavy on the sweet pickle relish, onions and celery. It was certainly yummy!

But, in this age of trying to elevate to a healthier version of vintage and family recipes, I’ve tweaked Mom’s a little and made it much more healthy, but with all the flavor, textures and taste.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Yes, there’s a definite Mediterranean twist to this recipe. And, it’s punctuated by the capers, fresh lemon, and herbs. 

In general, Mediterranean eating is a pattern of eating that focuses on veggies, fruits, legumes, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and whole grains. 

Mediterranean cuisine is recognized by its use of plant food, seafood and fresh ingredients. There are minimally processed ingredients. And, the herbs and spices speak volumes in this type of cuisine. 

Recipes with Tuna Salad

Now I have a few tuna salad recipes. Each uniquely different and each delicious. Just put in the search box ‘tuna salad’ and you’ll drop down a rabbit hole!

There’s so much you can do with this salad, like stuff pita pockets with this tuna salad, but it’s going to be fabulous as an open faced sandwich. 

  • Grill a slice of sourdough bread. Just drizzle on some olive oil, a little salt and pepper and grilling the cast iron skillet or a grill pan. 
  • Top with some greens. Baby arugula or spinach would be perfect. 
  • Add a few slices of fresh tomato.
  • Mound on some of the tuna salad. 
  • Give another drizzle of olive oil, and, if you’re ambitious a sliced boiled egg! 

Best Tuna Salad Recipe

Incredibly delicious, light, but surprisingly a very filling salad. This caper lemon tuna salad will relieve you of hunger pangs for a long time since fish and beans have high nutritional properties, but they do not contain fat.

You can eat a salad with tuna and beans even at night and not have to worry about putting on pounds. So if you’re in the mood for more protein, just drain a can of chickpeas or your favorite bean and add to this tuna salad! 

Caper Lemon Tuna Salad

Caper Lemon Tuna Salad

Simple Caper Lemon Tuna Salad

Yield: About 6+ servings


  • 5 cans (5 oz.) albacore tuna packed in water
  • 3/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt, fine crystals
  • 3/4 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1/3 cup avocado mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbl. French stone ground mustard
  • 3/4 cup sweet onions, small dice
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/4 cup capers with juice
  • 1/2 cup kosher dill pickles, small dice
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley


  1. Drain the water from the tuna. Put tuna in a large mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and toss into the tuna chunks.
  2. Add the mayo and mustard, onions, celery, capers and toss and blend. Don't overwork the tuna if you like the larger chunks in it.
  3. Add the fresh parsley and toss into the salad.
  4. Ready to serve! Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Caper Lemon Tuna Salad

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  1. Just made it. I cut recipe in half and it is amazing. Will be making it again
    Thank you for your easy and delicious recipes

    1. Cristina!! Thank you thank you! It is somewhat unique w/the flavors in it. My palate prefers this for tuna salad. It’s so nice to have something like this that’s super refreshing and easy! xoxx ally

  2. Looks like a great recipe Ally. Confirming the amount of capers I need to put in. Did not see the measurements above for capers—maybe I missed it.

    1. OH, gosh, Beverlee! Thanks for being my second set of eyes! I see that I omitted capers from the ingredients. No you didn’t miss…1/4 cup w/juice. Now I LOVE capers and this is a nice portion, so if you need to adjust, please do so on them. For me, they’re little bursts of briny happy! Appreciate you sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! xoxx ally

  3. It sounds delicious! I cannot wait to try it. I have my tuna salad on crackers always.

    1. Hey, Lynne! I love mine on crackers, too! That’s the way Mom always served it to us or Sunbeam white bread! You’ll have to let me know how you like! xoxx ally

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