Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt is a favorite low-cal and low-fat recipe in my house! I gave the classic version a makeover by taking out the mayonnaise (no mayo!) and adding plain yogurt. My 3 Ingredient Healthy Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad recipe is so delicious you'll never miss the fat.
Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt
Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt is anything but boring. It's easy to forget about the humble tuna salad. If you get it out it's often laced with too much mayo (or even Miracle Whip- yikes!) and not enough flavor. It can seem old school and plain ole' boring - not my healthy version though.
The traditional version of this recipe is often super high-calorie because of the added mayo but my version with greek yogurt actually makes a super healthy meal or snack.
With a few simple swaps, it's a dish to really remember. This 3 Ingredient Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad recipe is so tasty and healthy, it's sure to be a frequent visitor at your table. You are going to love the light and creamy lunch idea.
Can You Make Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt?
YES! Greek Yogurt makes the perfect substitute for mayonnaise in tuna salad. The texture is similar. My version uses greek yogurt and a great kitchen shortcut... pickle relish! It gives it just enough something-something to make it interesting. I'm a big pickle fan, so I add a lot but you can of course adjust that to your personal tastes. My grandmother taught me to use it and it stuck. I think it's a southern thing?
You can then add salt and pepper to taste or even a little celery salt if you'd like. It somehow comes out tasting very close to the real deal but better because it's lower in calories.
The way I make my Healthy Tuna Salad recipe gets even more protein and probiotics from the Greek yogurt. It goes from being something indulgent to a dish that is completely healthy. Plus you have to love a recipe that's only THREE ingredients.
Here's an overview of what you'll need to make this Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt, but keep scrolling for the full printable recipe.
- Canned Tuna: You can use your favorite type of canned tuna fish for this recipe. Albacore Tuna or Chunk Light will both work. I do like tuna packed with water because it's healthier. You can also use the pouches of tuna without the water. Fresh tuna will not work.
- Plain Greek Yogurt: I like to use low-fat plain greek yogurt but full fat or whole milk greek yogurt will work depending on your dietary preferences.
- Pickle Relish: Jarred pickle relish or dill relish add just a bit of sweetness and bite to your tuna salad with greek yogurt.
- Optional: I love a dash of celery salt in my tuna salad. It adds a bit of traditional Southern flavor to tuna salad.
I love this basic recipe because it's so simple and only three ingredients BUT there are so many ways you can mix it up. Here are some yummy additions. Jazz it up even further with one or more of these.
- Chopped Celery
- Chopped Red Onion
- Chopped Bell Pepper
- Grapes Cut in Half
- Chopped Apples
- Fresh Herbs like Dill or Parsley
- Diced Avocado
- Diced Tomato
- Dijon Mustard
- Lemon Juice
Is canned tuna healthy?
Canned tuna in water really can be a great choice for a healthy meal in moderation (because of mercury) because a single serving is low in calories AND has nearly 16 grams of protein. It has lots of health benefits. It's a wonderful source of vitamins, nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D and can help your good cholesterol. It's also a great source of selenium. It's an inexpensive source of protein that is low in calories. It's a great way to get more seafood into your diet easily.
Look for tuna packed in water vs oil for a healthier choice. One serving of tuna is only 85 calories with nearly 20 grams of protein and 2 grams of iron. No carbs!
Also, be aware that tuna can or cans of tuna have mercury in it and some kinds have less. Consider buying light tuna which is often skipjack tuna or yellowfin tuna. Albacore tuna or white tuna can be higher in mercury and it should be avoided if you are at risk for mercury poisoning. If you are pregnant, nursing or young children the epa and FDA recommends you talk to their doctor before eating it.
As someone who eats mainly plant-based, I like having that burst of protein in my diet sometimes.
Is Greek Yogurt healthier than mayo?
Nonfat plain Greek yogurt has far fewer calories than mayo or sour cream but has a very similar consistency so it's a great substitute.
One cup of mayo can be up to 1600 calories and have over 24 grams of fat while one cup of greek yogurt is around 100 calories and has around 17 grams of protein.
This recipe will make you a believer!
How to Make Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt:
- Open your canned tuna and drain out the water.
- Stir in the plain greek yogurt and pickle relish.
- Add celery salt, regular salt, and pepper to taste.
How to Serve the Salad:
- With crisp veggies like carrots or cucumbers and crackers.
- In a tuna wrap with a tortilla.
- In a healthy tuna sandwich with whole-grain bread, dark-green lettuce, and a ripe summer tomato slice.
- Make it into a tuna lettuce wrap.
- Serve it on toast with avocado slices on top.
- Serve it on top of a big green leafy salad.
- Stuff it into an avocado or tomato.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can you freeze tuna salad?
Technically you could but the greek yogurt wouldn't keep its consistency so I'd suggest enjoying this healthy tuna salad within a few days of making it.
How long does tuna salad keep?
Tuna salad with greek yogurt can keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
This is one of my favorite easy pescatarian meals. It's fast, inexpensive, and easy which is exactly what I'm looking for in my lunch most of the time.
My Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt is the perfect way to enjoy this classic lunch! I hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you think.
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More Recipes Using Greek Yogurt:
- Egg Salad with Greek Yogurt
- Healthy Smoked Salmon Dip
- Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese
- Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch
- Greek Yogurt Potato Salad
- Healthy Low Carb Cauliflower Salad
- Healthy Broccoli Slaw
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Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt - 3 Ingredients!
- 1 3 ounce canned tuna, drained
- 1-2 tablespoons greek yogurt
- 1-3 tablespoons pickle relish
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional: celery salt
- Stir the tuna greek yogurt and pickle relish together in a bowl. I use 2 tablespoons to both greek yogurt and pickle relish but you can adjust the proportions to your taste buds.
- Serve with crackers, carrots and celery!
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Kyle Lauren says
What a delicious change, from Mayo to Greek yogurt! I followed the recipe and all I can say is delicious! I placed the well-seasoned tuna on a bed of spring mix lettuce, sliced tomatoes and boiled eggs, with fresh croutons placed on top. Additionally, I added dried herbs of basil and thyme. So good! Thank you so much for the recipe! 😋
Rachel Phelps says
hi, could I ask what pickle relish you choose to use in this recipe?
Sure! Just the classic pickle sweet relish. It looks just like chopped-up pickles in a jar. It's sold with the other pickles! Here's a link on Amazon to one I like. https://amzn.to/3nF7WIQ
I hope you enjoy the recipe!
I have never thought about using greek yogurt! This is an amazing healthier idea can't wait to try it
Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS says
Great idea to substitute in greek yogurt as a healthy option not only does it add flavor but it is less fat.
Anna Elle Liz says
Never thought to use greek yogurt instead of mayo! I'll have to give this a try and swap out the tuna for chicken.
Amber Myers says
Ooo this looks tasty! I will have to keep it in mind for a side dish when we grill out.
I usually make this with cream cheese and tuna but I like your version with all the seasoning and the greek yogurt, need to try it
Kitchen Knife says
I mostly make grilled sandwiches by mixing salt and black pepper in the canned tuna. But, this recipe is looking delectable yet simple. I love pickles, and tuna is also my favorite. So, why not give it a try. I am already feeling a taste in my mouth. Lol! Thanks.
Do you use non-fat greek yogurt?
Yes! You can use any plain yogurt but I like to use low-fat.
What kind of pickle relish? Sweet or dill?
I use sweet! Thanks!
Jan P says
I tired this today...minus the relish and its great! Thank you for the idea.
OMG! thank you! this is really tasty! Never thought of Greek yogurt instead of lowfat mayo! My new go to lunch. I did leave out the salt and used celery seed instead of celery salt ONLY because I watch my salt intake but MY GOD this is great.
Miz Helen says
I love Tuna Salad, this looks so simple and full of flavor! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
Emily @ Pizza @ Pull-ups says
Yum, I love pickles, so using pickle relish sounds great.
Ooh I love the Greek yogurt idea. Also, pickle relish is a great addition to tuna salad or egg salad!
Patricia @Sweet and Strong says
I'm not much of a mayo fan so I love subbing greek yogurt. Love the idea to serve this with crackers and veggies!
Shelley Marcy says
And if you add a little sweet Vidalia onion it's really good too!