• Paleo Lemon Tahini Tuna Salad Recipe

    One of my favorite go-to lunches is this Paleo Lemon Tahini Tuna Salad.

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    It sounds complicated, but it comes together in a flash with fresh chopped veggies, canned tuna, and a ridiculously simple (and flavorful) lemon tahini dressing.

    What’s tahini? It’s basically sesame seed butter!

    If you’re in the market for a no cook Paleo meal, this is it. It’ll transport well and stay fresh until lunch if you’re preparing it the night before or the morning of.

    I buy tuna without additives and stick to higher quality albacore packed in water or its own juices. Try for BPA-free cans when you can find them.

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    Instead of tuna, try salmon! Both are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, and I you are adventurous enough to eat the type with bones, it’s another non-dairy way to get calcium.

    Use whatever chopped veggies or salad greens you like. In this photo, I used a mix of thinly sliced cabbage, carrots, cucumber, red onion and snap peas.

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    Paleo Lemon Tahini Tuna Salad Recipe

    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time
    Total Time 10 mins
    Serves 1



    1. Arrange the veggies on a plate.
    2. In a medium bowl, mix the tahini, lemon juice, and garlic powder. Whisk until well combined. The dressing will be on the thicker side. If it’s really too thick, like a pasta, whisk in a bit of water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it thins a bit.
    3. Add the tuna to the dressing and mix gently until it’s well coated. If needed, add sea salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Spoon the tuna on top of the veggies.
    5. If you want to be fancy, serve with some Za’atar seasoning or a bit of preserved lemon.


    Recipe Notes

    *This is the kind I use.

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    27 thoughts on “Paleo Lemon Tahini Tuna Salad Recipe

        1. Hi Helen…tahini is ground up sesame seeds. Think of it like sesame seed butter. You can find it in the peanut butter section of most markets.

    1. I made this for lunch and subbed apple cider vinegar for lemon juice, I didn’t have a lemon, and it was amazing. Like, SO GOOD!

    2. I recently stopped eating canned tuna when I read the label has soy. This is like starkist not wild tune. Can you get the wild tuna at a grocery like Public?

    3. Do you know of a very simple Paleo cookbook for someone who has never cooked? I’ve started the Paleo Plan, because I have so many food allergies, but the cookbooks I’ve looked at in the bookstore are so complicated for someone like me, who has never even boiled water. I’d be grateful for any input. Thanks.

      1. Hi Midge,

        I keep my recipes really simple; walking through the kitchen and Paleo eating. I have tutorials on my website which can assist you. 🙂

    4. This sounds delicious! I’m obsessed with Tahini and I never thought of pairing it with tuna, think I may try this today for lunch! 🙂 Blue Planet is also a great BPA sustainable source of tuna and salmon- I’ve seen is for sale at Target and Costco now (and of course at Whole foods) 🙂

      1. And for those in the neighborhood of Kroger, even they have a pole-caught canned tune; seek and ye shall find!

    5. Can you mix this in with some gluten free pasta? My mom has a tuna salad recipe that uses mayo and pasta shells. I wanted something that reminded me of my childhood but that was paleo.

    6. I made this for breakfast today and was happy to have a change of pace from my usual fare. The vegetable mix was beautiful and tasted great: red cabbage, red onion, red pepper, sugar snap peas, and leftover zucchini. A small problem was that I needed to add more tahini and a little olive oil because the tuna too dry at first and the juice of a whole lime too sharp. But the real problem I had was that it took me 30 minutes to make the whole dish plus another 7 for cleanup. I used a mandoline and a sharp knife for the vegetables. Any advice for doing this faster? The equipment needed doesn’t mention what you used to slice all the veggies – any special tool to speed up the slicing? Thanks.

      1. Hi Linda…I just use a sharp knife. A mandolin is a bit too time consuming for salad. Keep practicing those knife skills…it gets easier and faster with time.

        1. Thanks, Steph. I’ll try it using just a knife. I thought a mandolin would be faster – and I love those nice thin slices, but I’ll try it using just a sharp knife. I like to cook but I’m spending too much time in the kitchen.

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