Asian Tuna Salad (No Mayo!)

It has been 24 hours since prepping my little heart out, and I am like a kid in a candy store. What salad should I eat first? How about a nibble or two from the sliced veggie box? Maybe a chicken sandwich? It’s like my kitchen has been transformed into a restaurant take-away cooler. It’s so fun!

Asian Tuna Salad (No Mayo!) #glutenfree

Today for lunch I decided on the Asian Tuna Salad. Served up in lettuce cups with fruit on the side, this was the perfect quick and easy midday meal. And although I have no problem with mayo (I adore a smear on my BLT), this tuna salad is light, fresh, and bursting with flavor. Give it a try!

Asian Tuna Salad (No Mayo!)

Asian-inspired tuna salad (no mayo involved!)
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 cans tuna drained
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage shredded
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp. chili pepper flakes Optional. Adjust for heat preference
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 whole green onion chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir and refrigerate. Serve over lettuce or in lettuce cups.


  • Jo-Lynne Shane February 25, 2014 at 4:38 am

    That sounds DELISH!

    • InspiredRD February 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks Jo-Lynne, hope you like it!

  • Rachael@AnAvocadoADay February 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

    YUM! I love it when I actually get all my Sunday food prep done. Although if I made this tuna salad I doubt it would last until Tuesday 🙂

    • InspiredRD February 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Ha! I know, it’s almost gone already 😉

    • Nubia August 24, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      3 stars
      So bizarre that today I read a post of yours from a year ago! I am really in the right place on the Web! I was only looking for a recipe via search engine. WOW. And I WILL be using this recipe in a few minutes so, thanks,@ Inspire(RD)!

  • John NYC August 1, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This is so simple, cheap and healthy. I made it exactly as above and it was just wonderful. Today I cut the carrot into very thin batons on a mandoline, added a teaspoon of fish sauce and a thai birdseye pepper chopped into super fine little O-rings. I also used Korean pepper flakes which are tangy sweet and somewhat mild and give a nice speckled red color. A ceramic ginger grater came in handy here too– the ginger gets better distributed.

    The result was completely off the charts! The fish sauce may be offputting to some, but the umami it adds is perfect here.

    Thank you for this recipe!

  • whole30 day #21 | taylerswholejourney February 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    […] This Asian Tuna Salad is really good. It has a great flavor. I was missing some creaminess though. I’m not sure if adding a tiny bit of homemade mayo would ruin the deliciousness, but I felt it needed something like that. Maybe even an avocado spread would work. But it is definitely going on my favorites list. (I left out the sugar the recipe calls for.) The blog I got this from is a great one. The author has celiac disease, so she has lots of gluten-free recipes. She has lots of workout tips as well. […]

  • Margaret October 8, 2015 at 12:27 am

    5 stars
    I was looking for a fresh spin on traditional tuna salad with an Asian flair and this was perfect! So tasty.

    • Alysa October 9, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Glad you like it!