So, No Mayo Tuna Salad? Is this really a thing? Indeed it is! In my opinion, you may love it even more than the traditional way of making Tuna Salad. This recipe will yield three generous servings. Leftovers can be enjoyed up to three days in the fridge. However, I have a feeling you will not have to even be concerned about any leftovers!
WHAT CAN YOU USE INSTEAD OF MAYO FOR THE TUNA SALAD?
Olive oil and/or greek yogurt are great alternatives in replacement of mayo. Pesto, hummus and avocado are a few other options. However, I added a special ingredient that replaces the richness, and creaminess of traditional mayo and is also high in fiber and protein. What is it, you may ask? Cannellini beans, or as they are often referred, white beans.
WHAT ARE CANNELLINI BEANS (WHITE BEANS)?
Canellini beans, or white beans are by far, one of my favorite types of beans. They are super rich and creamy. One can enjoy them cold, as the main staple in my Tuscan White Bean Salad. Also, they are equally enjoyable served warm, in soups. White beans are the star of the show in my recipe for Minestrone and my White Chicken Chili. Ok, enough about the beans. Let’s get into how incredible this No Mayo Tuna Salad came together so beautifully, and simply.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN FOR THE TUNA IN WHITE BEAN SALAD?
When I posted this recipe a few days ago, someone asked if they could substitute the tuna with chicken. The answer is absolutely. Canned or shredded rotisserie chicken, will work perfectly. As a matter of fact, I may have to try this! Thanks Krissy from Pittsburgh!
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HOW TO MAKE WHITE BEAN TUNA SALAD
Now, to be totally transparent. As I was creating this recipe, I gave my Hubby the option to add mayo to his serving. Guess what? He did not even think about it. To say that he loved this No Mayo Tuna Salad with white beans, is an understatement.
TUNA WHITE BEAN SALAD INGREDIENTS
Since you are not using mayo in this recipe, it is really important to use a good quality canned tuna in olive oil. Even though, you will be draining and rinsing the tuna, there will still be that residual creaminess to the tuna from the oil. Luckily, I found this Albacore tuna in a can from Portofino. It is wild-caught, dolphin safe and soy-free. The quality is impeccable. Highly recommend using this brand.
In my opinion, Bush’s makes the best cannellini, or white beans. Believe me, I have tried many!
In addition to the tuna, be sure that the other ingredients are of high-quality. If your local farmer’s markets have opened for the season, go out and support them. For the olive oil, I used Terra Delyssa. To brighten up the dish, I also added my favorite Golden Balsamic Vinegar from Delallo. Honestly, I use this type of balsamic a lot. It’s the perfect blend of flavors and lightness, for the warmer months. You can easily order a bottle, or two if you cannot find locally.
For just a touch of heat, I added one tiny green chili pepper. Feel free to leave out. You can also substitute with a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. I opted out of using jalapeños. In my opinion, they just would not work in this dish. The flavor profile would have changed too much for my liking.
As I say often in a number of my recipes, your tastebuds are going to be your friend when preparing this No Mayo Tuna Salad with white beans. Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, give it a taste. For me, I added a touch more olive oil, golden balsamic and kosher salt.
OPTIONS FOR SERVING NO MAYO TUNA SALAD WITH WHITE BEANS
Believe me, digging into this No Mayo Tuna Salad with only a fork is totally acceptable, and highly encouraged. However, below are some other serving options. ENJOY!
- Crackers and/or tortilla chips
- As a sandwich or wrap
- On a bed of arugula or lettuce
- Filled inside a piece of romaine or radicchio
- Filled in an avocado
NO MAYO TUNA SALAD
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 3 servings 1x
Take the non-traditional route when making your next batch of tuna salad. This recipe for No Mayo Tuna Salad will tantalize every single tastebud. It’s super easy to prepare. Use high-quality ingredients for the perfect bite. Creamy white beans adds an unexpected level of richness and creaminess.
- 3 cans albacore tuna in olive oil, drained and rinsed slightly
- 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
- 1/3 C celery leaves, chopped
- 1 TBLS red onion, minced
- 1 small green chili pepper, minced
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 1/2 TBLS olive oil
- 1 TBLS dijon mustard
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 TBLS golden balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 C cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- Drain tuna from the can. Give it a quick rinse. Drain. Place in a large bowl.
- Add the remaining salad ingredients, except for the beans. Mix well. Taste for salt.
- Gently fold in the beans. Taste again for salt. See note in post.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
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