Low-Carb Tuna Walnut Salad Recipe

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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 317
Fat 26g
Carbs 3g
Protein 19g
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Total Time 10 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 0 min
Servings 2

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 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 serve salmon or egg salad.


  • 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


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flaked tuna fish, celery, walnuts, and mayonnaise.
  2. Add a pinch of cinnamon and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
  4. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving  
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 654mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 19g  
Vitamin D 1mcg 5%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 304mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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