Classic Tuna Salad is a filling, healthy, delicious entree salad that’s Weight Watchers friendly (ZERO points Freestyle), and is ready in 10 minutes!
Classic Tuna Salad is a filling, healthy, delicious entree salad that's Weight Watchers friendly (ZERO points Freestyle), and is ready in 10 minutes!

Do you enjoy tuna salad? We sure do, but typically we enjoy it on sandwiches. My husband likes to add hard boiled eggs and mayo to drained tuna, and that’s about it! Recently I stumbled upon a recipe for classic tuna salad that can be served as a quick lunch or dinner main course, and decided to give it a try! YUM!!!! The entire salad took under 10 minutes to make (including chopping and slicing the veggies). That’s a WIN, in my book.

The tuna salad is so delicious (even as leftovers the next day) I thought I would share it with you today.  This recipe was adapted by a Weight Watchers member from a cookbook recipe she had. Even if you are not following a WW plan, this is a very filling, low calorie and delicious salad.

This recipe for classic tuna salad uses non fat Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise to cut out  some fat calories and make it compatible with a Weight Watchers Freestyle eating plan. That small change made this salad have ZERO Freestyle points (for those of you who follow a WW plan and know the over 200 foods that have a zero points value).

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How To Make This Classic Tuna Salad

Truthfully, there is nothing even remotely difficult involved in making this delicious tuna salad.  Simply prep the veggies, by cutting, chopping and slicing. Seen below are the chopped dill pickles, celery, fresh parsley and chives (from our garden), and red onion.

Celery, parsley, red onion, and dill pickles are chopped to add to tuna salad.

Once you’ve “prepped” the veggies, place them in a medium sized bowl with drained albacore tuna, spices, lemon juice, and non fat Greek yogurt.

Tuna, chopped veggies and non-fat Greek yogurt are mixed in bowl.

Combine all the ingredients, adding a little bit more Greek yogurt if necessary, to reach the consistency you prefer. I started with 3 Tablespoons, then added just a smidge more.

All the ingredients for the classic tuna salad are mixed together in bowl.

Here is an up close look at the tuna salad after all ingredients are mixed together.

Time To Enjoy A Classic Tuna Salad

Once everything is combined, you are ready to enjoy this wonderful ZERO point, flavor-packed, classic tuna salad! It is often said you eat with your eyes first, so I served it on a bed of chopped iceberg lettuce, and surrounded this classic tuna salad with a sliced Gala apple! 

The salad LOOKED good served this way, and the crunchy sweetness of the apple tasted GREAT alongside this delicious salad!

Classic tuna salad, on a bed of chopped lettuce, with apple slices on the side.

There you have it! A healthy, and quite filling entree salad that has ZERO Freestyle points if you follow a WW plan. That works for me! Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.  By the way, I had the exact same lunch the very next day, as well! It really is a great tasting lunch or dinner!

The classic tuna salad, with apple slices on the side is a filling, flavor packed meal!

I sure do hope you will consider trying this delicious classic tuna salad recipe! Even if you are not following a Weight Watchers plan, I am confident you will really enjoy this delicious salad. Have a wonderful day!

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Recipe Adapted From: The Cookbook “Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat”, by Melissa Joulwan, published by Smudge Publishing. Recipe was adapted by a WW member, then posted in WW connect community.

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Classic Tuna Salad
Prep Time
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10 mins

Classic Tuna Salad is a filling, healthy, delicious entree salad that's Weight Watchers friendly (ZERO points Freestyle), and is ready in 10 minutes!

Category: Entree/Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic tuna salad
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 143 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 2 cans albacore tuna (in water) , drained (7 oz. per can)
  • 1/4 cup red onion , finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery , finely diced
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle , finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley , chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chives , finely chopped (fresh or dried)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 3-4 Tablespoons non fat, plain Greek yogurt
  1. Drain tuna, and cut, chop or slice the veggies.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and stir well, to fully mix all the veggies and spices with the tuna and non-fat Greek yogurt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve (can also be eaten immediately).

  3. To serve, place a rounded large scoop on a bed of chopped lettuce, or make into a sandwich, whichever way you want to enjoy this classic tuna salad. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Classic Tuna Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 540mg23%
Potassium 312mg9%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 7.7mg9%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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1 Comment on Classic Tuna Salad

  1. This was great except for the fresh parsley. It was way too strong and overpowered the other flavors. I’m going to make it again without the parsley.

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