This tuna salad with capers is such an easy lunch that is bursting with flavors and comes together in minutes! It is even perfect for meal prep or a late afternoon snack. You can’t go wrong with this delicious tuna salad!
Scoop it on top of a green salad or eat it straight out of the bowl. It is always an excellent choice to reach for in the refrigerator when hunger hits. Also, it is packed with protein and there is no oil or mayonnaise used. This makes it a healthy alternative to regular tuna salad without the fat and with so much more flavor!
Why You Will Love Tuna Salad With Capers
- There is no oil or mayonnaise in this recipe!
- This tuna salad is healthy and lightened up.
- Capers are a delicious addition to this tuna salad.
- This salad is easy to mix together and only takes about 5 minutes to make!
- The lemon juice and white wine vinegar brighten the salad.
- Fresh chopped dill adds incredible flavor.
Caper Tuna Salad Ingredients
- Tuna: Drain two cans of albacore tuna in water.
- Capers: Make sure to rinse and drain the capers.
- Onion: Dice a red onion.
- Salt and Pepper: To season this tuna salad.
- Garlic: Adds a layer of flavor.
- Dill: Chop some fresh dill.
- Lemon: Freshly squeeze the lemon juice.
- Vinegar: You can use white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar. It adds another layer of complexity and flavor.
What Tuna To Use
You can use any kind of canned tuna in this recipe. We used albacore tuna in water, not in oil, to lighten up this recipe.
How To Make Tuna Salad With Capers
First, drain the albacore tuna. Then, rinse and drain the capers. After that, dice the red onion and chop the fresh dill.
Next, flake the tuna with a fork and add it to a large bowl. Then, add the capers, red onion, salt, pepper, garlic, dill, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar.
After that, thoroughly mix and enjoy!
How To Serve Caper Tuna Salad
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy this caper tuna salad! Here are some of our favorites:
- Enjoy this tuna salad with capers on its own right out of the bowl.
- Add some of this tuna salad to a slice of toasted bread.
- Slice a tomato and add a scoop of tuna salad on top.
- You can make a delicious tuna sandwich with it.
- Make a lettuce wrap with the tuna inside.
- Enjoy this tuna salad with your favorite crackers.
- Top a fresh green salad with a scoop of tuna.
Tips For Making Tuna Salad
Meal Prep This Salad
You can double this recipe and meal prep it. It is such a great recipe to have on hand. This tuna salad with capers is a healthy, easy, and delicious lunch or snack!
How To Store
If you have any leftover tuna salad, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
It is best to finely dice the red onion so it is not overpowering in this salad. Also, finely chop the fresh dill.
Flake The Tuna
Once the tuna is drained, thoroughly flake it with a fork so you don’t have large chunks of tuna in the salad.
Caper Tuna Salad Variations
- More Ingredients: This tuna salad with capers is delicious as is. However, if you would like, you could add more ingredients to it. Here are some recommendations: 1/4 cup chopped celery, 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper, 1/4 cup diced cucumber, or 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes. Any of these would complement the flavors of this tuna salad.
- Add Olive Oil: If you want, add a drizzle of olive oil to this tuna salad for another layer of flavor. However, this tuna salad is already so delicious that you don’t need it. Keep in mind that olive oil dilutes the acidity of the lemon. We like the brightness the lemon brings to this tuna salad and prefer it without any olive oil.
- Substitute For Capers: If you don’t have capers, you can substitute them for pickle relish or chopped pickles.
- Add White Beans: If you want another tuna salad variation, try our white bean tuna salad recipe!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Capers?
Capers are edible flower buds that come from a caper bush. Capers often add a salty flavor to dishes and are sometimes pickled.
Can You Put Capers In Tuna Salad?
Yes, capers are an excellent addition to tuna salad! They add a savory, tangy, and salty flavor profile to this recipe and complement the rest of the ingredients.
What If I Don’t Have Capers?
We love the capers in this tuna salad. However, if you don’t have any, you can use two tablespoons of pickle relish or add two tablespoons of chopped pickles instead. Also, these would be great in the tuna salad to complement the capers! Add your favorite or add them all!
Is Tuna Salad Healthy?
Yes, this tuna salad with capers is healthy! We have lightened it up and there is no mayonnaise or oil! Also, this recipe is high in protein from the tuna. Some simple and healthy ingredients are all you need to make this incredible salad.
Can Tuna Salad Be Made Ahead Of Time?
Yes, you can make this salad ahead of time. It is perfect for meal prep and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy it. If you make it ahead of time, just make sure to properly store it and eat it within 2-3 days.
What Can I Add To Tuna Instead Of Oil?
You don’t need any oil to make this tuna salad! Just use freshly squeezed lemon juice and white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar. They add flavor to the tuna salad instead of olive oil!
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2 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories210
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.5g 0%
- Cholesterol 50mg 17%
- Sodium 924mg 39%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
- Sugars 1.3g
- Protein 42.9g 84%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.