Cranberry Tuna Salad

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Cranberry Tuna Salad is the best tuna salad out there packed with cranberries, apples, celery, red onion for a healthy, delicious lunch.

200 CAL 13g CARBS 6g FAT 22g PROTEIN

Cranberry Tuna Salad will quickly become your favorite tuna salad recipes, filled with crunchy apples and celery, sweet and tangy cranberries, and a creamy dressing made with sour cream and mayonnaise.

Lately quick and easy lunches have had me stumped. Most days I am making some type of salad or wrap using leftover protein and veggies. However sometimes I want something different so I decided to create one of my favorite Whole Foods Cranberry Tuna Salads at home. The recipe itself is simple – some tuna, dried cranberries, a touch of apple and celery, and the secret ingredient – a couple tablespoons of sour cream. It takes a simple tuna salad to another level and will quickly be your new favorite healthy lunch. Seriously it is the best tuna salad around.

Tuna Salad packed with dried cranberries, apples, celery, and dried cranberries.

I promise you will be shocked at how simple and easy this is to whip up and how much better it is than a traditional tuna salad. In fact, it's something I almost always make as an appetizer when we have friends over for brunch or drinks. Usually, I will serve it on whole wheat crackers, cucumber slices, or wrapped on endive leaves with some sliced almonds or sesame seeds sprinkled over top. It's also delicious stuffed into hollowed-out tomatoes.

One quick note if you aren't the biggest fan of tuna, I know you are out there. This salad works great with chicken (canned or shredded), salmon, and even chickpeas or tofu. For chickpeas, I like to mash them slightly with a fork so that they hold together more like a traditional tuna salad. Similarly, with tofu, I like to mash it a little so it holds together better. And you can always use vegan mayonnaise and sour cream for a completely vegan recipe. 

Tuna with cranberries, apples, and celery on whole wheat toast.

Recipe Ideas and Tips

  • Depending on how you like your tuna salad, you may want to add some extra spices to this mixture. For many people, tuna salad needs celery seed or celery salt, so throw that in if that is something you love. A reader also commented that she adds lemon pepper and it turns out delicious, so you may want to try that. Personally I love adding curry powder to tuna, so sometimes I toss some of that in as well. Mix it up with spices to make it exactly how you like it.
  • If you like sweet and spicy combinations, throw in some diced jalapenos. They add a nice level of spice to the tuna salad and also add some extra crunch.
  • When it comes to serving this tuna salad, the options are endless. You can go the traditional route and make a sandwich or wrap. It also makes a delicious salad over a bed of greens and it holds up really well as a mason jar salad to bring to work or school. Many times I also like to serve this as an appetizer on cucumber slices or stuffed into small tomatoes. Lastly, it makes a really good tuna melt served open faced on a slice of multi grain bread or on tomato slices for a lower carb option.
  • While the sour cream isn't completely necessary, it really does add an extra level of creaminess and tartness to the salad. I highly recommend adding it, you'll be shocked by the difference it makes in a simple recipe like this.
  • Make sure to season the salad really well with salt and pepper. Many times people think tuna salad is bland because they forget to add enough salt and pepper. It's a simple thing but one that makes a huge difference.

Tuna sandwich with cranberries, celery, and apples served on whole wheat bread with greens.

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The Recipe
Cranberry Tuna salad with apples and celery served on toast with lettuce.

Cranberry Tuna Salad

200 CAL 13g CARBS 6g FAT 22g PROTEIN
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  • 15 oz. can white tuna, packed in water, drained
  • 3 tbsp. low fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 apple, diced
  • salt and pepper

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Combine all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.


Refrigerate if not eating right away.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 41mg
Sodium 422mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 9g
Protein 22g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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March 8, 2023 - 13:31
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Very tasty
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Trevor Bohny
July 23, 2019 - 19:43
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This is the best little snack! Even my husband, who is a very picky eater, liked it! I've tried it with tuna and now that I'm pregnant, I've substituted canned chicken for the tuna so I can eat it all week long and it is just as good! :)
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Carey Grandon
January 17, 2018 - 17:17
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Very delicious!
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Stacey Keller
September 15, 2016 - 10:11
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Made this for lunch today and added some organic, unsalted sesame seeds. Put this in a wheat pita and added micro-greens. Yummy!
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