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Tuna Salad with Vegetables

by Dana Bean, RD
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This lunch recipe packs a punch with zesty lemon and chopped veggies. Perfect for a quick lunch or snack, tuna salad with vegetables does not disappoint.

Tuna Salad with Vegetables

This quick and easy tuna salad with vegetables makes a great lunch!
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: lunch


  • 1 5oz can tuna
  • 3 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 celery stalk sliced lengthwise and chopped
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • pepper to taste
  • cucumber, sliced, as desired


  • Drain tuna and mix all ingredients in a small bowl
  • Serve as a sandwich, with crackers, or to dip veggies in (for a snack)


Serves 1-2

When to Eat Tuna Salad with Vegetables

It’s pretty versatile! The most common way to eat tuna salad would be in a sandwich at lunch. Super quick, easy, and nutrient dense. It’s a particularly great option if you don’t already have something prepped but only have a couple of minutes to throw something together.

You can also eat this recipe for a snack (like a half sandwich or with crackers)! I mean what’s stopping us from eating tuna as a quick and easy dinner though too? Like I said, pretty versatile.

tuna salad with vegetables as a sandwich with vegetables in the background

Why Are We Adding More Veggies?

A typical tuna salad may have some celery in it, but we’re adding more here with the bell pepper and cucumber. Personally, I love the crunch factor and flavor that’s added with these. And nutritionally, adding more veggies also means adding more fiber and vitamins.

What If You Want It Veggie-Less

Gentle nutrition can be a tricky balance if you’re new to eating intuitively or recovering from an eating disorder, though. If you don’t like the added veggies, if it feels like you’re trying to diet by adding them, or you’re struggling with premature fullness, don’t sweat it! By not adding the veggies it doesn’t mean you aren’t taking care of your health. We are all on an individual journey here!

If you’d like to add veggies, but don’t necessarily want them in the tuna salad, try adding some carrot sticks and cucumbers to the side (and adding a yummy dip!)

Why is the Recipe First?

I’m glad you asked! I know it can get overwhelming to be excited about a recipe, then have to scroll through a seemingly never-ending life story before finally finding the recipe. I started to notice it becoming a difficulty for some of my nutrition counseling clients. So that’s why I’ve created No Guilt Nutrition Recipes – a place where finding the actual recipe isn’t so difficult or cumbersome. Usually the recipe is hidden in a blog post or you have to pay a subscription to see the recipe quickly, but here you’ll find it first on the page!

tuna salad with vegetables in sandwich

Why Do You Call Your Recipes “Intuitive Eating Recipes”

No Guilt Nutrition recipes are definitely not the only thing you can eat if you are eating intuitively (really, you can eat anything that you want/feels good to your body!), but I noticed there are way too many diet culture entrenched recipes out there. These recipes give you good food without potentially triggering numbers or diet talk. They also provide a gentle nutrition approach by encouraging balance in your meals without having strict requirements for what that may look like for you as an individual.

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