This Cabbage Tuna Salad comes together in just a few minutes with common ingredients. Perfect for a quick lunch, light dinner, or even an appetizer at your next dinner party.
Today I am sharing a way to add some volume and crunch to any healthy tuna salad recipe. The addition of crispy cabbage and green onions to tuna is just too good not to share. All that combined with a lightened-up yogurt dressing makes for a light and tasty salad you can eat on your favorite sliced bread, on top of some greens, or in a wrap.
The secret to this tuna salad is using a combination of nonfat yogurt and light sour cream instead of mayonnaise. It's creamy, tangy, and the perfect balance of flavor. Then the cabbage is brilliant for adding volume and crunch. It’s perfect.
This tuna salad with cabbage is also versatile with any of your favorite tuna salad additions. A favorite option is thinly sliced jalapenos and green apples. Sweet and spicy.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Here are a few reasons why we think you’ll love this tuna salad with cabbage.
- Basic ingredients: Other than the cabbage you most likely have all the ingredients on hand.
- Double the volume: By adding cabbage to the tuna you can eat a huge serving without adding tons of extra calories.
- Super crunchy: No boring, soggy tuna salad here, the cabbage adds loads of crunch.
- Travels well: Go ahead and pack this to take to work or send it to school, the cabbage helps reduce the risk of the bread getting mushy.
Key Ingredients and Easy Swaps
Here are the ingredients you need to make this cabbage tuna salad.
- Tuna: We used white tuna packed in water but any kind of tuna will work. Canned salmon is a good substitute.
- Green cabbage: We used shredded green cabbage but you can also use purple or savoy cabbage. Or you pick up a bag of coleslaw mix at the grocery store as it contains already shredded cabbage.
- Green Onions: Chives or red onions would work in place of green onions.
- Greek yogurt: We used nonfat Greek yogurt but you any kind will work.
- Sour cream: Light sour cream lightens up the calorie content but regular sour cream will also work.
- Mustard: Dijon or whole grain mustard add flavor to this salad.
- Salt and pepper: Add salt and pepper to taste.
How To Make This Cabbage Tuna Salad
Just a few steps to make this easy salad.
- Combine the tuna and veggies: Use a fork to mix together the tuna, cabbage, and green onion. Add the jalapeno pepper and apple slices here as well if you would like to use them.
- Add the dressing: Mix in the yogurt, sour cream, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.
- Prepare a sandwich: Stuff the tuna and cabbage into a pita, make a wrap, or serve between two slices of your favorite bread.
Ways To Serve Tuna Salad
Here are a few ways you can serve this cabbage tuna salad.
- As an appetizer or dip: Place the tuna-cabbage mixture in a bowl and serve with crackers, pita, a cut-up baguette, or these 2 Ingredient Breadsticks. This option is great for a party or family get-together.
- As a meal: Make a sandwich and pair it with some Tomato Basil Soup or this Italian Vegetable and Bean Soup for a hearty meal.
- As a sandwich: Spread the tuna and cabbage mixture between two slices of bread, roll it in a tortilla or lettuce leaves, or stuff it into a pita.
- In a salad: Serve the tuna salad on top of your favorite mixed greens or over this spring mix salad.
- Stuffed in veggies: Hollow out a cucumber, tomato, or red pepper and stuff it with this tuna salad. It's a great low carb way to enjoy this crunchy tuna salad.
How To Store This Cabbage Tuna Salad
Here’s what to do with your leftover cabbage tuna salad.
- Fridge: Leftover cabbage tuna salad will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.
- Freeze: I don’t recommend freezing this salad.
Variations and Recipe Ideas
Here are a few ways to change up this cabbage tuna salad.
- Add more crunch with diced celery.
- Spice it up by adding some sriracha.
- Add sweetness by changing up the mustard and using honey mustard or spicy mustard.
- Instead of canned tuna, use canned salmon or chicken.
- Add fresh herbs like chopped fresh dill, cilantro, or parsley.
Whether you buy water-packed or oil-packed tuna this excess moisture can sometimes make the tuna taste bland. Make sure to drain the tuna well. Then always make sure to season it with salt and pepper. Not using enough salt is the number one cause of bland food.
If you want to enhance the flavor of your tuna add spices, seasonings, crunchy vegetables, pickles, mustard, fresh herbs, or squeeze some lemon juice into it.
Crunchy Cabbage Tuna Salad
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- 5 oz. can white tuna, packed in water
- 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 3 tbsp. nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. light sour cream
- 1 tsp. whole grain mustard
- Salt and pepper
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