California Style Tuna Salad (Mayo-Free!)

June 25, 2013


If we’re being totally honest, Tuesdays are one of my least favorite days of the week. Mondays have been redeemed by the fact that The Bachelorette is on TV, though I think this season is incredibly lame and am struggling to get into it. Anyone with me? By Wednesday you can say “the week is halfway over” and Thursday and Friday are filled with anticipation of the weekend to come. I’m still searching for something to love about Tuesdays.

I guess that really has nothing to do with tuna salad, other than the fact that on Tuesday I’m usually ready for an easy weeknight meal that I can throw together in just a couple minutes. When Joe and I get home from working out we’re both starving and need food now, so dishes like this are the perfect solution.

Up until a couple weeks ago, I was not a fan of tuna salad in any form. Since I hate mayonnaise with a passion, most tuna salads were out by process of elimination. And the idea of using yogurt in place of mayo in tuna salad really grosses me out. So what’s a girl to do? Consult my favorite cookbook, of course!

A couple months ago our book club at work went through Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook. I’ve talked about my love for Sprouted Kitchen blog many times on this site, and the cookbook did not disappoint, either. I was so impressed by the book at book club that I bought my own copy a few days later. I’ve been cooking my way through ever since, adapting the recipes to suit our tastes and the ingredients we have on hand. I’m pretty sure I made at least one recipe a week from the cookbook.

Anyway, back to the tuna salad! This recipe doesn’t contain any mayo and instead gets its flavor from coarse grain mustard and olive oil, a combination that I love. The original recipe doesn’t include avocados or tomatoes (I photographed sans tomatoes but added them in after) but I really liked the flavor and increased volume that they added to this dish. Joe and I have been eating this every week, usually with tortilla chips of some sort for dipping.


California Style Tuna Salad (Mayo-Free!)
Makes 2 servings
Recipe adapted from Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook

2 cans (5 oz each) water-packed white tuna
2 tablespoons coarse grain mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes (optional)
Juice from 1/2 of a lime
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of  the above ingredients. Stir until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired. The tortilla chips pictured above are the new Green Giant Veggie Chips I scored at work. They are fantastic!

Happy Cooking!

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  • Reply Cindy Germann June 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    This looks delicious!! I am a fellow mayo-hater, so tuna salad is usually a no-go for me, too. I’ve made it just using smashed avacado to hold everything together, but the flavors in this one sound delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Clara June 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Love the idea of mustard! I don’t mind mayo, but I’ve made version of tuna without it and really loved it. The Barefoot Contessa has one with hummus which is surprisingly good, and I always add in a ton of lemon juice, chopped pickles or red onion, and sea salt. Oh, and avocado- of course!

  • Reply Heather Disarro June 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    This sounds so good! I’m not a big mayo fan either, but I’m ALL OVER mustard!

  • Reply Laura June 26, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Wow! This looks incredibly tasty. You should try using straight mustard in egg salad- — that’s what I do — and you get creaminess built-in from the cooked egg yolks.

  • Reply DessertForTwo June 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I have a secret to get through Tuesdays: make something on Monday night for dinner that gives you leftovers for Tuesday. I do something in the crockpot, or a casserole of some sort. Then, I don’t have to cook on Tuesday! It makes the day a whole lot better 😉

    Love SK!

  • Reply Bridget Miller June 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    yum!! What a healthful quick meal… seems to be mostly pantry items. great for those days I am less prepared!

    • Reply Madison Mayberry June 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Exactly, Bridget! Simple pantry items make it so easy to prepare. I’ve eaten tuna salad twice this week!

  • Reply Katie Hall June 26, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    This is just how I make it, but with one little change…this sounds gross, but I use pickle relish in mine!

    • Reply Madison Mayberry June 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Oh what a great idea, Katie! I’ll have to try that next time. Anything would be better than mayo. 🙂

  • Reply Ashley - Baker by Nature June 27, 2013 at 2:42 am

    I LOVE tuna salad, but HATE mayo, so this is like perfect!!!! Can’t wait to make for lunch very soon.

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