Recipe: Kim’s Tuna Fish Salad

Since I started on this Keto journey on August 23, 2019, I’ve noticed one thing – I have been craving tuna fish like nobody’s business. Not sure if it is because of the sudden shift in what I am eating, but it has been a good amount of time since I whipped some of this up. So today I decided to make a big batch (hubby loves it too) for us to munch on.

I use Starkist Tuna and Duke’s Mayonnaise. I’ve tried other mayo – like Kraft and Hellman’s – both are just too sweet for my liking. Then again, since moving South in the early ’90s, I’ve been a diehard Duke’s fan!

I fix this a variety of different ways depending on what is available in the house when the craving hits. I’m giving you the standard recipe as well as a list of additions you can add to the basic recipe to kick it up a notch or add some crunch factor.

Be sure to drain the water from your tuna very, very well. You can do that by dumping all the cans into a colander and squishing it really well. Use a colander with very small holes so you are not losing precious tuna in the process.

Kim's Tuna Fish Salad

Kim's Tuna Fish Salad

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Tuna fish is a versatile item that can be adapted in so many different ways. This is our favorite recipe with some various additions you can add to kick it up a notch.


  • (6) 5 ounce cans Starkist Tuna Fish in water
  • (6) Tbsp. Duke's Mayonnaise (start with 4 Tbsp. and add up to 6)
  • (1) small onion, diced small
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • fresh chives, to taste


  1. Open all six cans of tuna fish and drain water (you may need to put in a colander and squeeze excess moisture from the tuna fish)
  2. In a large bowl, combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, onion, and chives and stir well
  3. Add tuna fish to the bowl and mix well to distribute flavors
  4. Add mayo to the tuna fish mixture and mix well
  5. Transfer to a serving dish with cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. Serve on a bed of lettuce or with Tom's Hot Pork Rind Chicharrones for an added kick to the flavor


There are many different ways that you can "kick this up a notch" to suit your own personal tastebuds. Some items you can add to the above recipe:

  • a dash or two of Hot Sauce
  • crumbled baked bacon
  • finely shredded cheese
  • Granny Smith apples, diced small
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • capers

If you are not following a Keto plan or watching your carbohydrates, this tuna fish salad is absolutely delicious served on multi-grain crackers or toast.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 12.5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 435mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 20g

This data is automatically provided and calculated by Nutritionix based on ingredients and information provided.

Pre-Keto I would prepare two slices of toast and put a generous portion of tuna fish on each slice of toast, top it with shredded cheese, and pop it in the toaster oven for just a minute till the cheese melted. You can also top with a slice of tomato and cheese and have an open-faced sandwich. The possibilities are endless.

Since I don’t want all of those additional carbs from the toast or the Ritz crackers I loved to devour, I’ve got a new favorite – Tom’s Pork Skin Chicharrones. The plain are just too bland for me, so I always get the Hot or the BBQ flavor. It just depends on how much of a kick you want that day!

Another favorite of mine is to make the above recipe and add bacon, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and a handful or two of the Granny Smith apples diced up. Absolutely delicious!

If you decide to give our recipe a try, let me know! I would love to see your photos of your creation!

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