Cool off and relax with this chilled, refreshing Mediterranean Tuna Salad. Using canned tuna, lemon juice, capers, walnuts, and grapes, it’s a quick and easy dish sure to leave you feeling satisfied.
A fresh and nutritious salad all in one
Does your summer consist of making foods that are as refreshing as humanly possible? I know mine does! Though I love the summer heat, it’s always nice to escape to an air conditioned kitchen and whip up a bowl or plate of something fresh, cold, and crunchy.
For me, Mediterranean foods usually fit the bill! Mediterranean recipes traditionally include fresh veggies and lots of whole foods and proteins. The cuisine is known to be light and nutritious!
This recipe for tuna salad is no different. It’s served cold, and it’s filled with lots of fresh ingredients like capers, red onion, and lemon juice. It also uses walnuts and grapes for a unique and flavor-rich touch!
Ingredients used in Mediterranean tuna salad
For this salad recipe, we’re sticking to the essentials. To achieve that delicious Mediterranean meets tuna salad flavor that we’re aiming for, we need only 9 specific ingredients. And that includes salt and pepper!
- Lemon juice
- Capers (or relish/pickles)
- Red onion
Tools used to make this recipe
As expected, you hardly need any tools to bring this recipe to life. You’ll just need tools to cut your veggies and a bowl to put everything in! Oh, and don’t forget measuring cups.
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Large mixing bowl
- Stirring utensil
- Measuring cups: 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tbsp, 1/3 cup, and 1/2 cup
How to make tuna salad, Mediterranean style
Salads are typically pretty simple to make, and this one is no exception. All it involves is chopping your veggies and then mixing everything together in a large bowl! The whole process should take only around 5-10 minutes. How’s that for a quick meal?
To begin making Mediterranean tuna salad, start by chopping the capers, red onion, walnuts, and grapes.
Then, add them to a large mixing bowl along with the tuna, lemon juice, and mayonnaise.
Add salt and pepper to taste. I usually use 1/2 tsp each.
Recipe variations & options
There are a number of ways to customize this dish with add ons and variations! Here are some delicious ideas that will thicken up your salad and make it even more filling, should you choose to try them!
Add extra bulk to your salad by including veggies like bell peppers, celery, tomatoes, radishes, black olives, and/or cucumbers! The options are pretty endless.
Include extra protein
Though this recipe already includes lean protein, you can take it one step further by adding chickpeas! It’s a delicious way to sneak in extra oomph.
Pair it with crackers
Did you know this dish doubles as a dip? Think about it! Though it’s a salad, it actually doesn’t include lettuce and works really well when scooped up bite by bite with crackers or chips!
More delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes
If you love your fair share of light and refreshing Mediterranean dishes, here are some more to choose from! The tzatziki makes the perfect appetizer and snack.
- Healthy Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
- Easy Tuna Patties with Spicy Aioli
- Easy Baked Falafel Recipe with Tahini Sauce
- Healthy Greek Pasta Salad (Gluten-Free)
- 2 (4.5oz) cans tuna
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 3 tbsp capers, roughly chopped (or relish/pickles)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup sliced grapes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- In a large bowl, add 2 cans tuna.
- Mix with lemon juice, mayonnaise, capers, red onion, walnuts and grapes. Stir all together.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
- Serve with crackers, bread, chips.
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