The Best Mayo-Free Tuna Salad. (Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

The Best Mayo-Free Tuna Salad.               (Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

I’ve been making The Best Mayo-Free Tuna Salad for years, and I doubt I’ll ever tire of it.

I posted this recipe a few months ago on Tik Tok and it went viral overnight.  I still get messages to this day from people who now consider this a staple in their kitchen.

I like a mayo based tuna salad too, don’t get me wrong, but this version is so incredibly flavorful and unique that it’s irresistable.  I like to make it on a weekend and have an easy, nutritious lunch all throughout the week.  It’s perfect for meal prep. 

The pepperoncini are a star here, they add that burst of briny flavor that makes the salad come alive.  I love to use their brine in the dressing too, to really turn up the volume.  

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“what else can I use?”

  • I like to use Genova tuna in olive oil for this (I buy it at Costco), but feel free to use the good quality tuna you like best.

  • Pepperoncini is really the game changer here, but if you don’t want to go out and buy some, you can use pickles instead.

  • Red wine vinegar can be replaced with white wine, apple cider, or balsamic vinegar.
  • Don’t care for capers?  Omit them.  

If you make this Mayo-Free Tuna Salad, and I hope you do, i want to hear from you!  send me a message on instagram, or post a photo to your stories and tag me so I can share your creations.  enjoy!

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The Best Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

This new take on classic tuna salad swaps mayo for briny vegetables, herbs, and olive oil, making a delicious lunch you can meal prep for the week.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • large mixing bowl
  • Can opener


  • 4 cans Albacore tuna, packed in olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white or red onion, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp capers, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pepperoncini brine
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh cracked black pepper
Keyword lunch salads, tuna
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