What is a tuna salad recipe for people with diabetes?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

A tuna salad recipe for people with diabetes is not really different than a recipe for someone without diabetes. Typical tuna recipes will use canned tuna, mayonnaise, chopped celery and or chopped onion. To cut back on the saturated fat and total fat, fat reduced mayonnaise can be substituted. Since none of the ingredients for a tuna salad use carbohydrate containing foods we do not have any other modifications to make. The carbohydrate will come into play based on what you will serve with the tuna salad (bread or crackers, etc.).

Serve this tuna salad in a bowl instead of in a sandwich for a low-carb meal that’s perfect for people with diabetes. Tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for a healthy heart. Even better: Seasoned with piquant spices and mixed with cheese and veggies, it's delicious.

Italian Tuna Salad

2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
12 oz canned white tuna, packed in water, drained
1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red onion, sliced
2/3 cup fresh chopped celery
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
1-1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp black pepper


1. In large bowl, mix mozzarella, tuna, tomatoes, onions, and celery.
2. In small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, basil, red pepper flakes, and pepper.
3. Pour dressing over tuna mixture. Toss gently.
4. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Makes 4 servings

Calories 311
Total Carbs 5.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Total Fat 14.3 g
Saturated Fat 3.9 g
Unsaturated Fat 10.4 g
Potassium 479.2 mg
Protein 39.5 g
Sodium 188 mg

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