My favorite kind of busy day recipes tend to fall into one of two categories: slow cook recipes and no-cook recipes. Obviously, this skinny crunchy tuna salad fits perfectly into the latter.
There are lots of different directions you can go with tuna salad and I like just about all of them.
I'm especially fond of tuna salads with a lot of texture and crunch.
Up to now, my go-to ingredients for adding crunchiness to tuna salad have been celery, water chestnuts and green apples.
I never thought about creating a crunchy tuna salad with cabbage until I saw Kristen's recipe on Slender Kitchen, which she had adapted from The Kitchn.
Skinny on Healthy Crunchy Tuna Salad for Two
Fresh and crisp, this healthy crunchy tuna salad is more cabbage than tuna, perfect when you're craving a light but satisfying lunch. I added dried cranberries for a dash of color and sweet chewiness and a tiny bit of dijon mustard for tang. (Lemon juice would work well too.)
Serve atop whole grain toast, stuffed into a pita, rolled into a wrap, spread on Triscuits, or spooned into little phyllo shells.
I think this would work well with leftover cooked chicken or holiday turkey too.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Tuna Salad?
According to my calculations, each 1-cup serving has 160 calories and:
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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If you enjoy this skinny tuna salad, be sure to check out some of my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries, Chicken Salad with Chutney and Curry, Easy Asian Chicken Salad, WW Easy Egg Salad, Healthy Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries and No-Cook Spicy Shrimp Rolls
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Healthy Crunchy Tuna Salad Recipe
- 1 can (5 ounces) water packed tuna, drained
- 2 cups finely chopped green or red cabbage (I ran my knife through bagged cole slaw mix to chop it up more finely)
- ¼ cup finely chopped chives or green onion
- 1 tablespoon reduced-sugar dried cranberries, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- In a medium mixing bowl, break up the tuna with a fork and mix thoroughly with the cabbage.
- Stir in the chives, cranberries, mayonnaise, yogurt and mustard.
- Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Eat immediately or refrigerate for up to two days.
Source: Slender Kitchen
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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What can you use instead of yogurt - I LOVE tuna fish salad but am allergic to yogurt? It is a problem I run into regularly on "skinny" recipes.
Hi Lee, I think the easiest thing to do is substitute with more light mayonnaise. Hope this helps!
I made this last night and wanted you to know that it was awesome! I loved it. Thank you for sharing.
Hi Robin! Glad you liked it 🙂
I made this tonight and it was delicious! I didn't have plain yogurt so I used sour cream instead and it was lovely. Thank you for sharing this.
Hi Barb, So glad to hear you liked it as much as I did! Thanks for letting me know.
I ran this thru the WW online version & mobile app and we checked at the meeting and each time ending up with 4 Smart Points (3 SP listed). I have ran other recipes thru and am finding I am getting a higher point value. I am not sure what is happening
Not sure what is happening either. There can definitely be some variation in WW Recipe Builder depending on brands of ingredients selected. If you are concerned about the the 1 point, leave out the dried cranberries. Hope this helps.
This is my new favorite for lunch. It is delicious, easy to make and filling. Thanks for putting this on your website
This sounds great! Also would be very good stuffed in a half of large red/yellow or orange bell pepper! Crunch & sweet taste! Thanks for sharing w/ us!
This was so good. I really didn't think it would be due to the cabbage. For the second serving I added some chopped apple. Great that way too. Today I made it again and added some crushed pineapple. Yum! The original way is just perfect as is. It seems to be my new favorite.
Thanks Martha for all your wonderful recipes.
Hi Kay, love your additions of apple and pineapple. I must remember to try those myself. Thanks for sharing. Glad you liked it. ~Martha
Hi there just wanted to let you know I love this salad. One of my new favorite quick and healthy lunches. Thank you for sharing!
I used Napa cabbage. Delicious. Definitely vaake again.
Should be *make* again.
Come on let’s get to recipes!!!