Italian Tuna Salad

by jenna on May 20, 2013

Hey y’all!

It’s wedding week! I truly can’t believe it. I really feel like just yesterday we got engaged…the time has just flown by, as everyone promised it would. And as excited I am for the big day on Saturday, I’m trying to just pause, take a breath and relish the moment….all this sweet anticipation and excitement inside that I’ll never get back. I want to bottle it all up and hold onto it forever. I also can’t believe that this time next week, we’ll be in Paris!

I have a nice and easy recipe for you guys today. It’s one of my favorite lunches and I thought that it was high time I share! I’ve always been a fan of tuna salad, and this is sort of a “mature” tuna salad. No globs of creamy mayo, no funky metallic tasting tuna. I think this is how tuna salad was meant to be eaten —- lots of bright flavor and texture. It takes under five minutes to make and keeps me full all afternoon!

And let’s be honest — the only real reason I called this “Italian” tuna salad was because I used mainly ingredients that were imported from Italy.

I love tuna packed in olive oil. If you have never tried it, do yourself a favor. It has so much more flavor than “chunk light tuna packed in water no salt”.Β  Here, I combined it with juicy roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, lemon zest and just a dollop of mayonnaise to bring the whole thing together.

Hope y’all love it! I eat this way too often and like it best served over a bead of arugula with a chocolate chip cookie on the side. Amen.

Italian Tuna Salad

serves 1-2

Print this Recipe!


1 5 1/2 oz can tuna packed in olive oil

5 artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

4 roasted bell peppers, chopped

1 tbsp mayonnaise

zest of 1 lemon

salt and pepper to taste


Drain the tuna. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients. Serve on a sandwich or on a bed of arugula. Enjoy!


~5 minutes

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 20, 2013 at 2:06 am

Happy Wedding Week! Relish every second. Drink it all in. It is such an exciting time to look back on. It’s been nearly 7 years for me and I get giddy everytime I really pause to take time and remember all those little details.

And yes, tuna salad is the jam!! I need to try it this way instead of the old mayo overloaded way. Easy to prepare and take to work or whip up at home for lunch. Crucial for this momma of a 7.5 month old babe.


Kristen @ Change of Pace May 20, 2013 at 2:51 am

I always use the tuna packed in olive oil. You are right in that it has so much more flavor! I think people are scared because of the fat content. Good fats!!! This sounds so yummy!


Suzanne de Cornelia May 20, 2013 at 4:06 am

I use imported Italian tuna from Whole Foods that’s delicious…have never used mayo, I substitute Greek Yogurt. Sounds delish!

Wow, that went by fast! Wedding! Paris! Yea!!


Julia May 20, 2013 at 4:19 am

Have a wonderful wedding week Jenna!!! Can’t wait to read all about your day & honeymoon travels. We will be visiting Paris in the fall, so I’m anxious to read about your stay there. I LOVE tuna too.. and this version is awesome. Thanks πŸ™‚


Amanda May 20, 2013 at 4:43 am

Happy Wedding Week!!!!!!!


Malkire May 20, 2013 at 4:52 am

Wow it is already your wedding week! Congratulations and savor every moment. My husband and I were married 2 years ago on Memorial Day Weekend. We did a little destination wedding to Palm Coast, Fl. It is so special having these this three day weekend always be a vacation to celebrate our love. Enjoy!!


Janet May 20, 2013 at 4:54 am

Looks delicious!

Have a beautiful week and a beautiful wedding! Soak it all in πŸ™‚ Enjoy your day!


Tieghan May 20, 2013 at 5:05 am

I cant believe it is finally here. You are right, time flew by!! I hope you have great week!!

Oh and this tuna salad is awesome. trying it this week!


DessertForTwo May 20, 2013 at 5:12 am

Awww, Jenna! I’m so excited for you! So so so excited!

And yes, we made the switch to tuna packed in olive oil and it’s life changing. So luxurious for canned fish! πŸ˜‰


Dana May 20, 2013 at 5:13 am

Have an awesome week!! Oh, and this looks so Delish!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 20, 2013 at 6:04 am

Oh wow, this looks amazing Jenna! And amen to the grown-up tuna salad thing. I don’t like mayo in mine, and when I was in Italy last Christmas, I had some of the best tuna salads EVER! Happy wedding week! πŸ™‚


Heather Kneisler May 20, 2013 at 6:26 am

This looks delicious!

Yay! Glad your big day is here at last! Marriage is awesome. There is nothing better than being married to your best friend.


Barbara May 20, 2013 at 6:31 am

I still can’t see any of your headers or photos. I’m not really sure why this is.

I am so excited for you! Enjoy every second!


Shannon May 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

Yum, thanks! I can’t wait to try this! HAPPY Wedding week! Best advice I ever got was when you come back from a bathroom break try to stand in the corner and relish the moment of the reception, I still have that very vivid memory!

Reply May 20, 2013 at 6:54 am

This is a great bring to work lunch option. Thanks :0)


Tina Mol May 20, 2013 at 7:21 am

So I guess you never got the name problem taken care of in the comments? I am not Tina Mol and I’m sure she doesn’t appreciate that I can see her email address.


jenna May 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I’m so sorry! I will email this to my support team asap…it shouldn’t still be happening!


joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

Yay for wedding week!!


Kristin May 20, 2013 at 7:36 am

YUM!!!! Thank you! Looks like another winner!
Happy Wedding Week!


Caroline L. May 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

I love tuna salads! Definitely awkward in grade school, but purely delicious now! Happy Wedding Week – so excited for you guys!!


Ashley May 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

Happy and joyous wedding week to you! I have been married 11 years and marrying my best friend was the best single decision I ever made. So happy for you and Adam!!


erin @hooleywithaz May 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

i first found tuna in oil when i was living in spain. my life and lunches were forever changed. i completely agree with you. i’m trying to convert my husband, old habits die hard for him. good luck with the wedding prep!!


Michelle May 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I’m making this tomorrow for lunch since I have all the ingredients except the mayo, I think I’ll just do some mashed up avocado for creaminess. Thanks for reminding me to use my olive oil packed tuna that has been sitting in the fridge!


Lauren C May 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

Have a great week, an even better weekend, and an absolutely fabulous time in Paris! All the best to you!


Megan @ Megan's Miles May 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

I always buy tuna packed in water, but I’ll try the olive oil next time! Happy wedding week!


Lani May 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

Wonderful, congrats! Paris is the best, enjoy every second of it all. πŸ™‚


Jennifer May 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

Did you change some advertising on your page? My iphone version is riddled with ads and popups that literally cover the whole screen for a while. It’s just on your blog and didn’t used to happen before…very annoying.


jenna May 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I haven’t changed a thing and am sorry for ads being annoying — I will look into it!


Luci May 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Happy wedding week Jenna!

I can’t wait to try this recipe.


dixya@food, pleasure, and health May 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

yayyyy the wedding is here πŸ™‚ I love tuna salad but dont eat as much – need to try this one soon πŸ™‚


Elisabeth May 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Happy Wedding Week!!


Hil May 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Hey Congrats on the Wedding. Tell you what if their is one day that time sort of stands still as well as going at a gazillion miles an hour it’s your wedding day.
All I can say is… E N J O Y !


Kara @ pollennaturalenergy May 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

This tuna salad looks so yummy! I actually like tuna salad a lot – don’t use salad cream or mayo. Doing my best to eat healthy.


Hannah May 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Looks delish!!! Thanks for the recipe for lunch to try this week/next week.
Hope though this time may be jam-packed/bit stressful, that it is a beautiful time for you and your family filled with many blessings and lots of love and memories! <3 Congrats!


Helen (mella) May 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Jenna I am so happy for you and SO excited! Your recipes are amazing πŸ™‚


Anna May 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Love the simplicity and the nutritional value of this recipe! Thanks for the great share:)


Miss Kim @ behgopa May 21, 2013 at 1:17 am

Congrats on the big day! So excited for you. I find it amazing that you can find time during your busy wedding week to blog a post! The recipe looks fabulous! I think I’ll have tuna tomorrow for lunch.


pippa@popovertopippas May 21, 2013 at 6:54 am

I hope that your wedding is everything that you dreamed it would be and more. Have fun!


Moni Meals & Fitness May 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Have a great week! Yippee!!

Great recipe too. πŸ™‚


Tammy May 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I am so excited for you, Jenna! We got married on Memorial Day weekend in 2008, and I remember that feeling you speak of so perfectly well. We are celebrating 5 years this weekend, back in our hometown in Philadelphia, with our little girl. πŸ™‚ It’s been such a pleasure following you for all of these years — since before I was married, meeting you and Philly, and now seeing you get married. Blessings to you and your fiance!


Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats May 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Love tuna salad, and this version sounds delicious! Definitely trying it for lunch soon! Enjoy your wedding! Mine is in one month exactly and time is definitely flying! It is such an exciting time and you will be a beautiful bride!


Jordan May 22, 2013 at 6:05 am

This looks wonderful! My aunt makes a similar tuna salad with artichoke hearts, lemon juice, capers, olive oil, a spoonful of mayonnaise, and a little red onion. So good.


Brianna May 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

Ugh! I’ve been craving tuna salad ever since I got pregnant. Unfortunately, it’s one of those “no nos.” …This is going to be one of my first lunches when baby arrives! πŸ™‚


Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog May 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

Happy Wedding Week! A big ole congrats to you. I hope you enjoy every single moment.


Elle May 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

This looks delicious!

Congratulations and enjoy your wedding! I especially loved our honeymoon, it was so amazing to relax after all the craziness of wedding planning and the big day.


Bridget May 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Happy wedding week!


Mary @ Fit and Fed May 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm

What an interesting moment for me to stop by your blog for the first time! Hope the day itself is fantastic and a harbinger of many great times together to come, starting with springtime in Paris! I’m glad you could pull together such a healthy quick lunch to fuel all your last-minute wedding tasks.


Brb May 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I read this yesterday morning and then made it for lunch. So good I repeated today! Delish! I didn’t have artichokes so subbed capers.

I will never make regular tuna salad again.

Happy wedding! Congratulations!


Ornusa Carter June 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

That looks like a fantastic lunch to me! I’ve never tried tuna packed in olive oil before. I bet it tastes really good so I wanna try it. This dish is very easy to make and contains very few ingredients which is why I can say it is very doable. The good thing about it is that it doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare but it is very healthy. This is a wonderful recipe, I really appreciate you for sharing it. Can’t wait for more of your recipes!


Ashley June 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

I don’t eat Tuna, can we use Chicken in place of it?


Anna Ming June 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I had a MAJOR hankering for a tuna fish sandwich earlier this week (ever since I saw Iron Man 3 and Iron Man asks for one, hahaha)! I thought I was satisfied, but now I definitely want to try this grown-up version… I mean, artichokes and bell peppers and tuna all in one?? Yermy πŸ˜€ Oh yeah and HAPPY WEDDING!!!

Reply June 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

plz print


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