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Quick & Easy Italian Tuna Salad

This salad is a personal favorite for when I need a fast meal that provides me with the sustenance I need without being overly filling. This delightfully quick and easy Italian Tuna Salad is perfect on its own or it may be paired with a light soup and crusty bread for entertaining guests. This recipe also makes a great sandwich. You may choose to play around with the flavors and add other ingredients, like sun-dried tomatoes, beans, or capers. You never know what you might discover! 🌿

Individual Italian Tuna Salad over a bed of spinach in a bowl.
This Italian Tuna Salad is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (~1 medium lemon)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 (5-oz) cans tuna, drained

  • 1 (2.25-oz) can sliced olives

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh fennel or celery (1 stalk)

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup raw & shelled pumpkin seeds, to top


  • Your choice of salad greens (i.e. spinach, arugula, Romain)

  • Crusty bread

  • Your favorite soup


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the lemon juice, oil, garlic, and pepper. Add the tuna, olives, and fennel (or celery). Using a fork, separate the tuna into chunks and stir to combine all the ingredients.

  2. Divide the tuna mix equally among 4 small salads or 4 slices of bread, whichever you prefer.

  3. Enjoy!

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