Recipe: Low-Carb Tuna Salad with Peanut Dressing


A convenient, high-protein pantry staple, canned tuna can get repetitive and boring with mayonnaise as its main sidekick. Instead, try Uproot Kitchen’s tuna salad, which uses a nutty, sweet sesame-peanut dressing. To add this healthy green meal to your lunchtime rotation, simply pack the salad and dressing in separate airtight containers.

Low-Carb Tuna Salad with Dressing


Sesame Peanut Dressing

  • 1/4 cup avocado oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt

Supergreen Tuna Salad

  • 1 (5-ounce) can albacore tuna, drained
  • 4 cups salad greens
  • 2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced English cucumber
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • Sesame seeds, to taste


In a blender or food processor, combine the ingredients for salad dressing. It makes 6 ounces.

In a bowl, flake the tuna, and combine it with a third of the salad dressing (1/4 cup)*. If the tuna is unsalted, add 1/4 teaspoon salt as well. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

In a salad bowl, combine the salad greens, cabbage, cucumber, red onion, green onions and peanuts.

Toss in the marinated tuna. Add the remaining dressing to taste, and divide between 2 plates. Garnish with sesame seeds.

*Note: Recipe is written lightly dressed. Dressing makes enough for 2-4 additional lightly-dressed salads.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 2 |  Serving Size: 1/2 salad + 1/4 cup salad dressing

Per serving: Calories: 328; Total Fat: 21; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 32mg; Sodium: 414mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 24g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 1292mg; Iron: 39%; Vitamin A: 270%; Vitamin C: 141%; Calcium: 20% 

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