Don’t freak out! I know I’m posting an easy keto tuna salad recipe, but this doesn’t mean I’ve run out of recipe ideas or gone off my rocker! You probably know how to make keto tuna salad, but since I have it coming up a new meal plan I’m working on, I wanted it here as an easy reference with nutrition information included.
Not that you can’t figure out how to make a low carb tuna salad on your own – and probably do already, but I will say that my easy keto tuna salad recipe is pretty delicious though. It’s my son’s favorite, and the secret is in the dried onion flakes. They add a punch of flavor without the harsh sulfur burn of fresh onions that can turn some people off.
If you’re eating it right away, it also adds a little crunch, which we all love!
I’m calling for canned tuna in water, because I’d rather add my own fat in the form of mayonnaise (homemade if you have it – especially if you’re Whole 30) than have it swimming in low quality oil of questionable origin.
That being said, if you can get some decent tuna in olive oil or another good quality oil then that’s ok too, but you should probably calculate your own nutrition info since the fat and calories will likely be higher than in this easy keto tuna salad recipe.
This recipe calls for salt and pepper to taste because some tuna fish is saltier out of the can than others. I recommend mixing it without salt and pepper, tasting it and then adding what you think you’ll need at that point.
Look for a new addition to my free weekly keto meal plans featuring this easy keto tuna salad coming soon!
Keto Tuna Salad – Low Carb, Paleo, Whole 30
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
An easy keto tuna salad recipe that takes 2 minutes to make and doesn’t require any chopping! Kid friendly, low carb, paleo, whole 30 and Atkins approved!
- 1 cup canned tuna fish, drained (about 2 cans)
- 3 Tbsp of “real” mayonnaise (I prefer Duke’s or Hellman’s)
- 1 tsp dried onion flakes
- salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine the tuna fish, mayonnaise, and dried onion flakes in a small bowl.
- Stir and taste.
- Season with salt and pepper as desired.
- The end.
- Category: Keto Salad Recipe
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 248
- Fat: 19
- Carbohydrates: 2g
- Protein: 20
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Easy, simple, and delicious. I made this first on the soup diet plan, but now I make it for a snack or lunch every other week or so. So much protein and the onion flakes add a nice flavor!
Elizabeth F says
My ideal tuna salad has chopped celery and capers and mayo. That’s it. Maybe a little celery seed, too.
Modern Fit says
Thanks for sharing this recipe Melissa! I added some paprika to the tuna for a little extra kick :)
I love tuna salad…..a can of tuna is always in my pantry for emergencies (read: too tired to cook). My favorite zero carb addition is to add between 1/2 tsp or so of dried dill weed to it…..really adds a bright note to all the creaminess. Fresh dill is obviously even better if you have it. Toss in a few capers if you are feeling zingy.
sara evans says
I do the exact same thing(:
Rebekah Phillips says
I am from Australia & wonder how many ounces of tuna to use?
Mary Wood says
Hi Rebekah … I’m from Australia too … I haven’t been able to find out either. Even if it was in ounces we could go online and do the conversion to grams ☹
A can of tuna in the United States is about 5oz or 142grams. Hope this helps!
Cans of tuna in Canada are usually 170 grams, undrained
I added a sliced boiled egg and sliced almonds on top of a chopped salad. Great idea using onion flakes. Next time I may add celery flakes. Thanks for a healthy simple meal idea!
Hi there, Firstly, love your recipes! And second, could you say how much the can of tuna weighs please. I’m not from the US so have no idea which can is the right size to get. Thank you.
Elizabeth F. says
I’d say the smallest can available. In the United States, it’s 5 oz. net weight.
Jen @ keto says
I’ve been using dried onion flakes for tuna salad. It gives great flavor. And apart from that, it is good for the health especially if you are diabetic.
Dorene Amos says
Mellissa your recipes are so tasty and easy o follow. You must be a professional chef and/or instructor. Follow your directions and I end up with some great foods.
I make sweet pickle relish by adding sugar substitute to dill pickle relish. Then let it sit in fridge for a while.
My favorite recipe right now is egg fast custard, Just made the chicken vegetable soup, WOW, new love for turnips and radishes. You are AMAZING!!
Just finished egg fast, saved my diet, back within 3 of my low and back on track.
Thank you Mellissa for all your posts and help and great tasting food.
Can this be substituted with chicken? If so how many oz? Thank you.
Richard Kohout says
This is not Paleo if you use a commercial mayonnaise, like Duke’s or Hellmann’s. You a brand like Primal Kitchen or Chosen made with Avocado oil, no sugar or make it yourself very easy.
Jennifer Willard says
I usually like a little crunch, so I chop up some water chestnuts and add it to the mixture. And maybe a little chia or poppy seed.
David Swails says
Hello Peeps!!! Very good addition I added celery seed and a touch of mustard. Thanks, my 91year old Dad loves it to!!!
Mellissa Sevigny says
Hey David! Love those flavors, will have to try in my next batch!
Nutrition info says 19 grams of carbs? That doesn’t seem right. Can you confirm please. Thank You.
Never mind, I put my eyes on and see my mistake, it’s 2 grams. My apologies.
Hi there, I just made this for my lunch, very tasty and so quick to make. However I’m not sure how this classifies as keto. Ketogenic meals are meant to be lower in protein (15-25%), with fat being the major nutrient (70%) and of course very low in carbs (<10%). So although this recipe is tasty and simple it certainly isn't keto.
Mellissa Sevigny says
Keto isn’t low protein, it’s moderate protein.
Ryan Luedecke says
Thanks for publishing simple recipes like this Mellissa. I personally love the simple ones. Didn’t know about adding the dried onion flakes. I’m going to try that in lieu of relish.
Debbie in TX says
I use a generous sprinkling of Mrs. Dash Original Blend and some dill relish. Easy and tasty! Works with chicken salad, too.
I like to stir premade guacamole with a can of tuna. It has all the seasonings in it already. Looks weird but tastes awesome!
I’m going to try this for my son that’s allergic to eggs!!! Thank you!!
Pat Chituck says
Thanks for the onion flakes idea. I’m curious about your recommendation for Hellman’s real mayonnaise after your comment about tuna being packed in questionable oil. You don’t have concerns about the soybean oil used in the mayonnaise?
Sandra Malluck says
I found that omitting the mayo and replacing it with 2 tbs of olive oil and 2 tbs of wine vinegar is delicious. A slice of onion and a rib of celery makes it delish and isn’t many carbs.
I really, really like to add capers to mine. Now I always think something’s missing if rhey aren’t there. I’m looking forward to trying the onion flakes.
Mark A says
I sometimes use small bacon bits and shredded Sharon cheddar.
Do the onion flakes become hydrated right away ? Love the simplicity
Mary Anna says
I sometimes do celery, chopped small, for the crunch.
I add 1/4 cup chopped cucumber & a small avocado. Sprinkle with Braggs yeast flakes, black pepper & avocado mayonnaise. Serve on a bed of lettuce.
Jennifer McLean says
Yep, I know how to make tunafish low carb, in fact, I actually use Hellmann’s too. Now, don’t think no one leaned anything because I never thought of using DRIED onion flakes! What a brilliant idea. Not only will it add flavor, but if you doesn’t finish all the tuna, you can put it in the fridge and that yucky liquid that usually comes off will be soaked up by the dried onion. I’m also gonna add dried celery flakes too. Thanks for the tip. See, you can learn something even with simple recipes!
I add some drained dill (NOT sweet) pickle relish to mine, but I’ll try the onion flakes, too.
TRACIE M FISHER says
I recently invented buffalo tuna dip lol
Just tuna, mayo ranch and Frank’s red hot. So good
I make the same with chopped chicken over a bed of chopped celery
Very good. I do this also.
Adrienne Skarupa says
I put green olives in mine. It’s my lunch at work everyday.