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Asian-Style Tuna Salad Recipe

by Analiese Trimber

Outline of two people

4 servings


10 Minutes



  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 10 oz Canned tuna in water
  • 5 tbsp Avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp Black sesame seeds
  • 2 Green onions
  • 1 large Carrot
  • 1 large stalk Celery
  • ½ Cucumber
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • 2 heads Bibb lettuce


  • 1
    Slice green onions, dice carrot, celery, and cucumber.
  • 2
    Drain tuna. Transfer the meat to a large bowl. Break tuna apart with a fork.
  • 3
    Add mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and sriracha to tuna and stir to fully incorporate.
  • 4
    Add chopped veggies, and mix again.
  • 5
    Transfer tuna salad to Bibb lettuce and enjoy!
    Optional: garnish with extra sriracha and sesame seeds.

Hey, Tuna Salad Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

Quick and tasty meals are always in high demand, but can become tough to recreate when on strict diets like the ketogenic or other low-carb diets. This Asian-style Tuna Salad recipe comes together in just 10 minutes, but contains 20 grams of healthy fats, 20 grams of protein, and just 5 grams net carbs per serving! Such beautiful macros for a meal that’s easy enough to recreate time and time again.

Because your average tuna salad can be overdone, albeit very nutritious, we decided to give ours an Asian twist by incorporating ingredients like soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, and black sesame seeds; these are all low-carb condiments that add intense flavor and texture to an otherwise boring dish. To round out our “dressing,” if you will, we bind it all together with a bit of Dijon mustard and mayonnaise.

You’ll see we specified using “avocado oil mayonnaise” in the ingredients list for this recipe – many mayonnaise products can contain unnecessary ingredients or are made with harmful oils. By opting for an avocado oil-based mayonnaise, you can at least guarantee that the oil used to make your condiment is more heart-healthy. Additionally, many avocado-based mayonnaises are made with cleaner ingredients.

It wouldn’t be a good, keto meal plan-friendly dish without a variety of textures, so we included plenty of fresh vegetables to counteract the canned tuna. Keeping with the theme, we incorporate fresh green onions, carrot, celery, and cucumber! We like to dice our veggies extra small so they aren’t too chunky and fit in more with the salad, but this is totally a preference. You do you!

There are plenty of ways you can devour this keto-friendly Asian-style Tuna Salad. This time, we decided to serve ours on Bibb lettuce to make fun little lettuce cups. If you go that route, don’t forget to give your cups an extra drizzle of sriracha for some heat, sesame seeds for crunch, and thinly sliced green onion! You could also treat your tuna salad as a dip and eat it with your favorite crackers, cucumber slices, or plantain chips!

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