Whole Foods Amazing Tuna Salad Made Skinny


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The first time I tasted this colorful tuna salad was at Whole Foods on Columbus Circle in NYC.  I fell in love with the flavor and knew I had to make a skinny version at home!  Light mayonnaise, dried cranberries, fresh dill and chopped apples are some of the yummy ingredients used to make this skinny version so fabulous! I added even more apples and celery then they do.  The skinny for 1 serving, 205 calories, 8 grams fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  I like to eat it scooped into a small dish or on top of 1 romaine lettuce leaf.  You can make it as a sandwich or spread on reduced-fat crackers too.  Whichever way you choose to serve it, it’s really, really delicious!

Prep Time: 10 minutes


1 (5.25 oz) can of white albacore tuna, (water packed) drained well

½ cup chopped apples, such as Gala, Fuji or Honeycrisp, unpeeled

⅓ cup celery, chopped

¼ cup diced scallions or red onions

3 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries

3 tablespoons Best Foods Light mayonnaise (Hellman’s Light)

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 romaine lettuce leaves, optional


1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl, except lettuce. Mix well to combine.

2. Scoop about 1 cup of tuna into a small dish or bowl. Or, line 2 plates with a romaine lettuce leaf. Scoop about 1 cup tuna onto each lettuce leaf.

Makes 2 servings (each serving, about 1 cup)

Food Fact

Tuna fish is a member of the mackerel family. It’s found in warmer waters in the Indian, Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans.  Tuna’s probably the most popular fish used for canning today. About 3.5 million metric tons are fished commercially each year.

Healthy Benefits

Tuna is great lean protein when packed in water. It’s rich in omega-3 nutrients, known to raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).

You’ll cut the sodium content by rinsing the can of tuna after it’s drained. Open the can, drain the water and while still in the can, run fresh water over the tuna and drain again.

Serving Tips

I like to eat it scooped into a small dish. But, you can make it as a sandwich, serve on top of some field greens, over chopped romaine lettuce or spread on reduced-fat crackers. It makes a very generous portion per serving and is very filling!

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers
(old points) 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 1 cup)
205 calories, 8g fat, 1g sat. fat, 27mg chol, 17g protein, 18g carbs, 2g fiber, 350mg sodium, 11g sugar
FOOD FACTS: for Whole Foods Tuna with Fuiji Apple and Cranberry (4 ounces)
260 calories, 16g fat, 14g protein, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 290 sodium, 1g sugar

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36 Responses to “Whole Foods Amazing Tuna Salad Made Skinny”

  1. Jenna R P Says:

    This was pretty good. I put the apple (yellow) in a food processor. The pieces were maybe a little too small.
    There was a slight sweetness that was missing. This salad would be better with canned chicken, but still nice. I added halved grapes too.

    Decent recipe, thank you

  2. admin Says:

    Jenna, I do think it’s better to chopped the apples instead of putting them in the food processor. I like the sound of adding grapes. Thanks for your feedback! 🙂

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Made this for lunch, very good!

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks for letting me know Jennifer! It’s such a satisfying tuna salad and not a typical one either.

  5. Elaine M Says:

    Had cherry flavored dried cranberries on hand. Good salad! Always on the look out for new ways to prepare fish.

  6. admin Says:

    Mmm…Cherry flavored dried cranberries sound good! Thanks for your feedback Elaine!

  7. Shara Says:

    I made this tonight using homemade avocado mayo and grapes. I’m not a fan of regular mayo or dried cranberries and it turned out amazing!

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing your substitution tips Shara! I’ve never tried avocado mayo. sound like it would be very heart healthy.
    With best regards,

  9. Catherine Says:

    I had this twice last week, and am making it again in about 5 minutes. It really hit the mark for me. I have been craving a tuna sandwich, and after eating this, I was happy, happy, happy! So nice to be able to have a tuna sandwich that tastes good, again!

  10. admin Says:

    Ahhh…Thanks so much Catherine. You made me very happy to hear how much you love this tuna recipe!
    All the best,

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  12. admin Says:

    Michelle, thanks so much for sharing my skinny recipe for Whole Foods tuna on your website!
    Have a wonderful Labor Day.
    With my very best wishes,

  13. Deb Says:

    This sounds so good, I’m making it tonight for a lite dinner. I happen to have all the ingrdients on hand and I am always looking for new ways to use up a bunch of dill. This will also work beautifully over Thansgiving weekend– something other than turkey dish but still using the ingredients of the season.

  14. admin Says:

    Oh I love the idea of making it over Thanksgiving weekend. Have fun with this recipe Deb!
    All the best,

  15. Carol Cassara Says:

    We love tuna salad but I rarely make it. This past week I made a big bowl but…it was blah. Hubby kept adding mayo to his, but I see now what it really needed. thanks.

  16. Jennifer Johnson Says:

    I have never thought to put apples with the tuna. Great idea

  17. admin Says:

    Thanks Jennifer. Enjoy!

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  19. Kathy Radigan Says:

    Yum, this sounds delicious!! Thanks, this would be nice to make this weekend for Mother’s day.

  20. admin Says:

    Sounds good to me Kathy!

  21. Stacey Says:

    This is a keeper, and very similar to what I already make. I love fresh chives in place of onion (scallions are great too). This is also a great way to use leftover roast chicken or turkey. Another option if using turkey or chicken: omit the dill and add curry powder to taste, and a lot of halved grapes. And I like a large romaine leaf for a lettuce roll (no PP in that!).

  22. admin Says:

    Love all your ideas Stacey. Thanks so much for sharing!

  23. Andrea B. Says:

    My fave chicken salad has grapes in it – so no doubt tuna with apples would be delicious!

    Love your skinny take on so many heavy recipes!

  24. Rena McDaniel Says:

    We love tuna salad in our house so I am looking forward to trying out your recipe.

  25. Carol Cassara Says:

    Their regular tuna salad is to die for, too. Thanks for this skinny version as we love that stuff.

  26. admin Says:

    I love that one too Carol!

  27. admin Says:

    I love grapes in chicken salad too Andrea. I even add apples.

  28. admin Says:

    I hope you love this one too Rena!

  29. Debi @ Life Currents Says:

    This looks great! I’m super hungry too, didn’t eat enough for lunch. Going to go whip something up now, but I bet it won’t be as tasty as this!

  30. Linda (Meal Planning Maven) Says:

    Oh Nancy, I adore everything about this salad and can’t wait to try it!

  31. admin Says:

    One of my favs Linda. I hope you enjoy it too!

  32. admin Says:

    Sounds good to me Debi!

  33. Patt Says:

    Delicious salad over chopped romaine. Thank you for providing my new favorite tuna salad recipe.

  34. admin Says:

    My so glad you enjoyed it Patt!

  35. SBOBET Says:

    Looks so healthy and delicious.
    Thank you for tuna recipes!

  36. admin Says:

    Becki, other than tuna, these recipes are different. The Buffalo Tuna is made with my skinny ranch dressing, which is lower in calories than the light mayo, which is used in the Whole Foods tuna. In addition, the serving size is different. The Buffalo tuna is for 1/2 cup. The Whole Foods tuna serving size is 1 cup. And the dried cranberries do add more to the SmartPoints.
    I hope this helps.
    All the best,

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