Tuna Vegetable Salad (two ways!)

No Gluten
Kid Friendly

Title: Tuna Vegetable Salad
Author: Britney Shawley
Recipe type: Lunch
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes 
Total time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2-3 people 

This is my childhood favorite lunch memory. I remember my mom used to make this, and it would be the only time I would eat celery. The mix of the crunch of the celery & carrots, along with the savoriness of the tuna and mayo, as well as the cheese for added healthy fat I was over the moon with it. I loved it by the spoonful, on crackers, in a sandwich or over lettuce… I still do! I then one day had no mayo, and decided to use avocado and lemon instead and WOW it was amazing. I did not need the cheese or the mayo. Now it tasted refreshing, light, and so very nutritious. I recommend trying the second option, as its also so very budget friendly and delicious!!!!


1 medium carrot, peeled and diced small
1 celery, diced small
1/2 red pepper, diced small
1/4 red onion, diced super small
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
3 tbsp hellmans mayo or homemade
1 can tuna, flaked, drain water
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Cilantro or parsley, optional

Instructions: Option 1 - Vegetable Tuna Salad

  1. Dice your carrot and celery and red pepper and red onion. Grate your cheese. Set aside. 

  2. Open tuna. drain water. add to a bowl. 

  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper over tune

  4. Add mayo and vegetables (cilantro, optional) and cheese

  5. Mix until all combined

  6. Serve on toast, inside a panini, on rice cake or use crackers, carrot sticks and cucumbers to dip. Or just eat it by the spoonful!!


1 medium carrot, shredded
1/2 lemon, juice
1 can tuna, flaked, drain water
1 avocado
pinch salt
nutritional yeast flakes (optional)

Instructions: Option 2 - No Mayo

  1. Open tuna. drain water. add to a bowl. 

  2. Shred carrot, add to bowl

  3. Open avocado, mash with fork, add to bowl

  4. Sprinkle salt

  5. Drizzle lemon

  6. Add nutritional yeast flakes if using

  7. Mix until all combined

  8. Serve on toast, on rice cakes or eat right out of the bowl!

Saving Money:

I often buy tuna at costco. It is great tuna and genuinely saves you money in the long run. 

Quick Tips & Tools:

Bowl and fork
I often double this and eat it over the next 2 days as part of lunch for my fam.
Serve on toast, on rice cake or use crackers, carrot sticks and cucumbers to dip. 
Can also eat by the spoonful  for carb free option 🙂
optional: Add green onions!!!

Saving Time:

This takes 10 minutes. Maybe less. Prep this the night before and take for dinner. You will be so dang happy when you do.