Tuna Salad with a Crunch

May 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm 5 comments

I’ve been craving the tuna salad from a a little cafe and bakery up in Silverthorne, CO called Blue Moon Bakery. They don’t have gluten-free bread (some GF goodies though), but their tuna salad wrapped in crispy romaine lettuce with a big slice of tomato makes me forget the bread entirely. Their tuna salad includes toasted sunflower seeds and crunchy celery that makes a satisfying protein-filled lunch that keeps you full for hours.

It’s not exactly a quick lunch to drive all the way up the mountain so I decided to make my own version for a fast fix. I don’t know about you, but I love tuna salad with a little texture, not the mushy stuff you can get pre-made. My twist includes one of my recent favorite raw veggies, jicama (stay with me…) along with the more traditional celery and carrots. Serve a couple scoops over a bed of greens or spread some on your favorite sandwich bread or crackers. In fact, these would be good served with my Grain-Free Seed Crackers!

Protein-packed lunch or snack with a crunch!

Tuna Salad with a Crunch


1 6 oz. can of tuna, in water (I prefer Polar’s chunk light)
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1 or 2 green onions, chopped
1 small slice of jicama, chopped
1 1/2 tsp of raw or roasted sunflower seeds (pepitas would also be good)
2-3 Tbsp Vegenaise to taste (or mayo, if preferred)*
Pepper to taste


1. Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and enjoy!

Makes one large serving or 2 small servings.

*I love the taste of Vegenaise but mayo or a low fat mayo would work equally as well. I don’t like extra creamy tuna salad but include enough to hold everything together nicely, adjust to taste.

Recipe Notes: If you prefer smaller chunks, finely chop the celery, carrot, jicama and green onion.

Entry filed under: Gluten Free, Lunch, Refined Sugar Free, Soups and Salads. Tags: , , .

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cynthia  |  May 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    You are making me so hungry! I know now not to read your posts unless I want to work up an appetite!

  • 2. Charissa  |  May 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Oh yes! I’m having this as a lunch veeeery soon! Thanks for sharing, because it made me happy! 🙂

    • 3. naturalnoshing  |  May 19, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Enjoy! 🙂 thank you, your comment made ME happy!

  • 4. Tuna Recipes  |  March 25, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Very nice dish!!! keep them coming! i already prepared this 3 times!

    http://www.etunarecipes.com you find more recipes with tuna

    • 5. naturalnoshing  |  March 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂 I’m happy to hear you loved this too!


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