This recipe is based on my favorite healthy tuna salad from the cafe at Lifetime Fitness. It’s light, protein-rich, and packed with delicious Asian flavor (and a little bit of spice). This is a unique departure from run-of-the-mill tuna salad, and it makes a fantastic lunch or snack.
One of my favorite ways to experiment in the kitchen is to try recreating some of the dishes I’ve loved at restaurants or cafes. My latest project was the Healthy Tuna Salad from the cafe at my gym, Lifetime Fitness.
I’ve always liked tuna salad, but my forays into making tuna salad have mostly consisted of mixing canned tuna with mayonnaise, and possibly adding some chopped hardboiled egg if I was feeling extra-motivated. When I had the tuna salad at the LifeCafe, however, my mind was blown. It is SO full of flavor, has a great blend of textures from the craisins, green onion, and shredded carrot, and it has the perfect amount of spice.
The last time I bought the tuna salad at the cafe, I used my phone to snap a photo of the lid on the takeout container, which listed all of the ingredients. Using that as a guide, I took a stab at making it myself, and I’m proud to say (without my usual sarcasm)…NAILED IT!
Aside from its tremendous flavor, I love this Asian tuna salad because it is so versatile. It’s really good on its own as a light lunch or protein-packed snack (perfect for after workouts), but it would also be delicious in a wrap, tossed with cold Asian noodles, or served over greens. It’s a great recipe to make over the weekend and keep in the fridge to snack on throughout the week.
I promise: If you like Asian flavors and a little bit of heat, this tuna salad will become your new favorite!
Healthy Asian Tuna Salad
A nutrient-packed, healthy tuna salad recipe with a spicy Asian kick.
- 10 oz. canned albacore tuna
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 2 scallions chopped
- 1/4 cup craisins chopped
- 1 tbsp cilantro chopped
- 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp minced ginger
- Drain the tuna and flake with a fork in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the carrots, onion, craisins and cilantro and mix together.
- In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, soy sauce, chili powder, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, and minced ginger.
- Stir the mayonnaise mixture into the tuna mixture until well combined.
*You may need to add a little extra mayonnaise depending on the type/brand of tuna you use.