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Tuna Salad Recipe with Olive Oil Dressing

This Ultimate Tuna Salad with Olive Dressing comes together in 15 minutes and will change your attitude towards canned tuna forever! An easy, healthy yet satisfying salad recipe, indefinitely adaptable and perfect for all seasons!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, side
Cuisine European, Mediterranean
Keyword healthy tuna salad, olive oil dressing, tuna salad, tuna salad recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 808 kcal
Author Mahy


For the salad:

  • 3 cups spinach (or mixed greens)
  • 2 small apples , cored and thinly sliced
  • 1-2 avocados , thinly sliced
  • a handful of halved cherry tomatoes , about 1 cup
  • 1 small red onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup cooked corn (or canned)
  • 2/3 cup green olives
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 tablespoons capers

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup minced red onions
  • 2 scallions , minced
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions (any type, but the olives packed in chilli is best)
  • 3 Tablespoons grainy honey mustard ( or grainy mustard and 1 tablespoon of honey)
  • 1 tablespoons minced capers
  • 1 jalapeno , minced
  • 1 large lemon (or 2 small ones)
  • 1/4 cup finely minced herbs ( a mixture of cilantro, parsley and mostly dill)
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (flavored olive oil works too)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 - 3 cans of tuna , drained if applicable and left whole as is


  1. Prepare your salad ingredient and place them in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  3. Take 2 tablespoons of the sauce and drizzle of the chunks of tuna and set aside.
  4. Take another 3 Tablespoons of sauce (more or less to taste) and toss it with the salad ingredients.
  5. Arrange the salad ingredients on the plate, I’ve clumped each ingredient separately with the greens at the bottom of the bowl.
  6. Then top the tuna over the salad and drizzle more sauce on top. Serve the salad and enjoy :)

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Drain the tuna and drizzle it with a bit of olive dressing to make it extra flavorsome!
  • A couple of tablespoons of capers on top of the sliced boiled eggs take them to the next level.
  • For meal prep, chop all the ingredients, mix the tuna with some dressing and store everything in the fridge until ready to assemble
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Salad Recipe with Olive Oil Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 808 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 216mg72%
Sodium 1388mg60%
Potassium 1163mg33%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 2947IU59%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.