Low-Carb Tuna Walnut Salad Recipe

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Total Time 10 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 2 servings Low-Carb Tuna Salad

This Low-Carb Tuna Walnut Salad recipe has just a touch of cinnamon dress to turn everyday tuna into company-quality luncheon material.

It's tastier when the walnuts are toasted, but I don't always take the time. Without toasting, this easy salad comes together in a mere 10 minutes.

If you choose to stuff the salad into hollowed-out tomatoes or bell peppers (so pretty on the plate), add on another 10 minutes to the prep time. Still, just 20 minutes from start to finish? That's a tuna salad recipe that I call a keeper.

The possibilities for this salad are endless: serve it on a bed of greens, in a sandwich with low-carb bread such as flax meal bread, stuffed into a tomato or avocado, on a cracker as an hors d'oeuvres or any other way you'd salmon salad or egg salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 (6-ounce) can water-packed tuna fish, drained and flaked
  • 1 large rib celery, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (toasted if desired, it really is much better)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (or to taste)
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together 1 (6-ounce) can water-packed tuna fish, drained and flaked, 1 large finely chopped rib of celery, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (toasted if desired), pinch of cinnamon, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (or to taste), and salt and pepper to taste.
     
  2. Mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

More Ways to Use Canned Fish in Low-Carb Diets

  • Salmon Salad Alternative to Tuna SaladYou don't need nearly as much mayonnaise for salmon salad as tuna, as salmon is naturally oily. Serve in a sandwich with low-carb bread such as flax meal bread, on top of a green salad, stuffed into a tomato or avocado, or any other way you'd eat tuna salad.
  • Low-Carb Clam Chowder RecipeThis authentic clam chowder recipe uses, instead of a 1/2 cup of flour, low-carb thickeners such as guar gum, xanthan gum, or others. However, 2 tablespoons of flour would only add 14 grams of carbohydrates to the whole recipe, so depending on your own carbohydrate tolerance, that might be just fine.

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