Easy Tuna Salad Without Mayo

A tuna salad without mayo can be one of the easiest foods you have ever prepared. The tenderness and the flavor of tuna turn it into a basic ingredient in many kitchens. The tuna can be found in warm waters all around the world. Since old times people have enjoyed the versatility and taste of this fish. Tuna is one of the most popular foods in the world, especially in the Dominican Republic for a variety of reasons. It is frequently used fresh or canned either way many mouth watering dishes can prepared with it. The canned type is sometimes preferred over the fresh for certain reasons. 

The low cost of preparing a canned tuna salad recipe makes it a grocery item that fits in any budget. Which means you can stretch your money a bit further when you use tuna fish in a Dominican meal; however, if you can get it fresh go for it.

It is low in calories and can be integrated into many types of dietary regimens. And it can leave you feeling satisfied even though you have eaten a relatively small portion.

Pairing tuna with onions also called “atun encebollado” is always a good combination.

The mild flavor of tuna fish makes it an ideal choice for sandwiches, casseroles and salads. You have the alternative to use olive oil or lemon juice instead of the typical mayonnaise to make a healthier version of a tuna salad recipe.

Quick Tuna


Tuna salad over fresh lettuce

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Servings: This tuna recipe will give for 14 small wraps portions or 7 larger wraps which is enough for 3 to 4 people. You can also divide the ingredients in half if you only need to serve to 2 people.


5 oz cans of water packed tuna (2 of them, drained)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
14-16 large lettuce leaves
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup finely diced celery
3/4 cup sliced carrots in julienne style cut (which is the same as matchstick sized pieces)
1/2 cup diced apple
1/2 tsp garlic powder



  1. Combine the tuna with the oil, onion, celery, apple and garlic powder. (The carrots will be added later.)

  2. Wash the lettuce leaves, drain and then arrange them on a large plate.

  3. Add a small scoop of the tuna mix to each lettuce leaf.

  4. Then add the carrots.

  5. Roll up the lettuce leaf and twist the ends of the lettuce to create a small wrap, now you can enjoy your atun encebollado.

Alternative: Use the tuna salad without mayo to make a quick sandwich.

You can use the tuna mix over some tostones (green fried plantains) or put the whole wraps at the side of them as well.

Other information:

The fish not only taste incredible but is also nutritious. It has some nutrients including vitamin B and Omega-3 fatty acids but you should be very careful the way you eat it as certain ways of cooking the fish will make it healthy while others create the opposite effect. When you eat it broiled or baked, for example, it can improve the heart function while the fried version can be harmful to your heart. Tuna salad is always a winner; is very easy to prepare and you can customize it in a huge number of ways.

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