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Everything But the Bagel Tuna Salad

September 14, 2020

Aren’t we all looking for quick and easy lunch ideas? I know I am. I have my breakfast routine down….smoothies, anyone? Dinners are my favorite thing to plan out for my family each week. But lunch?? UGH! It’s just so easy to go eat lunch out somewhere and it really helps to break up the monotony of the day. However, that being said, I usually don’t feel my best when I’m eating out most meals of the week. I’ve really been trying my best to come up with quick and easy meals for my weekday lunches. I’m looking for lunches that are easy, minimal mess and clean up, and bonus if they’re packable because it’s so important that we stay healthy on the go.

Tuna is an awesome and healthy food to have on hand. I love that it’s a shelf stable and AFFORDABLE source of protein! I always have a few tuna pouches in my pantry for when I’m stuck on what to make for lunch…or even if I’m just looking for a quick snack!

I came up with this idea when I had a tuna pouch but wanted to jazz it up. I’ve had a bottle of Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning in my pantry for a very long time. I actually had to check the expiration to make sure it was still good. It’s just one of those seasoning blends that doesn’t get much use in my kitchen. I decided to add it to my tuna and wow! It was so good and I immediately wondered why I don’t use this seasoning more.

Anyway, this is a one-bowl dish, can be thrown together in 3 minutes and is the perfect lunch sized portion. You can also double or triple this recipe for meal prep, store in the refrigerator, and just portion out your serving for that day’s lunch. I would warn against eating tuna several days in a row, however, because of mercury contamination. I personally only buy from the brand Safe Catch, which can be found in my regular grocery store.  Even though I trust this brand, I still try to at least skip a day in between having tuna for lunch, just to be on the safest side! 

For this recipe, I used Safe Catch citrus pepper flavored tuna pouch, but feel free to use whatever brand/flavoring you like. It has a bit of a spicy kick, which I personally love! But I’ve also done this recipe with just plain tuna and it was pretty great, as well! You will notice in the recipe that there is only a tiny bit of mayo used. This is not a typo! Anymore than a teaspoon will make the tuna soupy because of the liquid in the tuna pouch. Trust me, I found this out the hard way during recipe testing! If your tuna seems to be a little on the drier side, feel free to add a touch more mayo. I served mine with a handful of Simple Mills crackers (my favorite way to eat tuna salad) but you could also serve it with some crunchy veggies, or just eat it with a spoon! This recipe is paleo, keto, low-carb, and depending on what brand of tuna you choose, can even be Whole30! Hope you love this recipe as much as I do and it becomes a regular in your lunch rotation!

1 2.6 oz Safe Catch citrus pepper tuna pouch (or any canned tuna)

1 tsp avocado mayo

1 tbsp everything seasoning

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp nutritional yeast

Combine all ingredients into a bowl, stir, and eat! See? I told you it was easy!

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