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Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil

This Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil is perfect for a quick lunch! I love all these ingredients, and this tasty salad is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Use Cucumber Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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If you haven’t had homegrown garden cucumbers, you may not realize how much better they are than the cucumbers you buy in the supermarket. Garden cucumbers are sweet and crisp, and when they’re abundant in my garden I’m forever coming up with new cucumber salad recipes.

The combination of tuna in olive oil and fresh basil was fantastic in this Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil and I thought it was such a nice blend of flavors I ended up making it again the next day so I could take photos. If you have a garden with fresh cucumbers and basil, don’t miss trying this salad. And check out My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Tuna Packed in Olive Oil for more treats with canned tuna!

Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil found on KalynsKitchen.com

You don’t really need to peel cucumbers from the garden, but I really like the look of stripes, so I usually peel off thin strips. Cut each cucumber into half lengthwise, then cut each half into thirds lengthwise before you slice to get nice bite-sized pieces. I wanted thin strips of basil, so I used a cutting technique called chiffonade, where you cut the herbs into thin strips. If you pile the basil leaves up on each other, this is pretty fast. Mix the cucumbers, tuna, and basil well before adding the mayo-based salad dressing. Then gently mix in the dressing, season, and eat!

Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil

This Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil makes a quick and easy lunch!


  • 1 can (7 oz.) tuna packed in olive oil (see notes)
  • 3 small, crisp garden cucumbers (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup chiffonaded basil (about 20 large basil leaves, thinly sliced)
  • 2 T mayo
  • 2 T your favorite low-sugar commercial vinaigrette dressing
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I used pepper but no salt)


  1. Drain olive oil from tuna and flake apart with a fork.
  2. Put tuna into bowl.
  3. Peel cucumbers lengthwise in strips (or peel completely if you prefer.)
  4. Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise, then cut each half lengthwise into three pieces and slice to make bite-sized pieces.
  5. Add cucumbers to tuna.
  6. Wash and dry basil leaves.
  7. Make a pile of half the basil leaves, then starting at the pointed end, thinly slice, discarding the stem ends when you get to them.
  8. Cut all basil into ribbons using this method, then add to tuna and cucumbers, and mix together.
  9. Whisk vinaigrette dressing into mayo, then gently stir dressing into salad.
  10.  Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve immediately.
  11. This is best freshly made, but will keep in the refrigerator for about one day, although you probably won’t have any leftovers.


I’d use Genova Tuna packed in olive oil for this recipe. (affiliate link) You could use Persian cucumbers if you don’t have a garden.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making this Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil for low-carb diets or for the South Beach Diet, be sure to choose a vinaigrette dressing with the least possible added sugar. As long as that caution is followed, this salad is great for South Beach and most other low-carb eating plans.

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33 comments on “Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil”

  1. I have all of the ingredients except that my cucumber is an English cucumber…this will be my dinner, tonight! Yum!

  2. Michelle, it is the sugar content that makes me stay away from fat-free mayo. I'm not sure Greek yogurt would be good here; I worry that the combination of yogurt and cucumbers will make it watery. But maybe a real thick yogurt would work, let me know how it turns out if you try it.

  3. I see you mention not to use fat free mayo. Do you think it would turn out okay if I substituted with greek yogurt?

  4. Hi Jeri,

    I am crazy about that Le Parisien Vinaigrette, used to work at the restaurant. Glad to hear it's available online. Hope you enjoy the salad!

  5. Hi Kalyn,

    This dish looks so refreshing. I love seeing the how-to photos alongside the recipe. I live in Chicago so was afraid I couldn't get the vinaigrette you recommended; however, I did see that Le Parisien Vinaigrette is available on a website. I'm going to order a bottle.

    Thanks for all of your great tips!

  6. Lydia, I can't rave enough about what a delicious combination this is!

  7. Once again, I have garden envy. I don't grow cucumbers in my garden, but fortunately, many of the farms around here do sell them at their farm stands. Love the simplicity of this recipe.

  8. Chris, I think any kind of cooked mild-flavored fish would taste great in this type of salad!

  9. This looks like a wondefully satisfying salad! I, too, am not a fan of tuna. But, I am thinking tilapia as a substitute would work! 🙂

    Love the cukes…a little jealous! 🙂

  10. I love the idea of tarragon or basil pesto in this salad too. This is why blogging is so fun!

  11. Aaah, great minds think alike – when I make tuna salad I always go heavy on the cucumber and add soem basil pesto! It’s a very happy combination of flavours.

  12. Wow, I love the addition of fresh basil to the salad. That would make a most striking flavor. Tarrago would go well with it, too.

  13. This sounds too easy. I would never have thought of throwing in basil to jazz up a traditional tuna and cucumber salad mix. I’ve got to try this for a lazy Saturday lunch at home.

  14. Roberta, I wrote about my favorite tuna in olive oil which I can find at Albertsons in Utah. You can order it from Amazon.com, but I think you have to buy 24 cans at a time. I love that tuna, so if I couldn’t get it here, I would buy it that way!

  15. I love tuna in olive oil, but I can never find it here in NW Ohio. I can find albacore tuna in vegetable oil, which is okay. My favorite grocery store, Farmer Jacks, which went out of business in Toledo, used to carry tuna in olive oil.

    Kalyn, are you able to find your Italian tuna in a grocery, or do you have a great website you can recommend for it?

    Lovin’ the tuna and cukes!
    Roberta in Maumee, Ohio

  16. your salad looks yummy. we grew some armenian cucumbers in addition to regular ones. the armenian ones were excellent. they grow really huge if you let them. if you haven’t tried them, plant them next year. you won’t be disappointed!


  17. tuna and cucumber in a mayo dressing a very tasty combination – my kids often use corn instead of cucumber

  18. I still have quite a bit of basil in my garden, I will give this a try.

  19. I’m so glad people are seeing the beauty in this simple combination because it was great! (Of course any salad with sweet basil couldn’t ever be bad, could it?)

  20. My mother in law have in her garden cucumber and also squash, that I take to cook.But honestly I never made anything with garden cucumbers.
    I really like the combo tuna/cucumber.
    Thanks for share this wonderful salad

  21. You had me at “sweet basil”- this looks so light and fresh…

  22. cucumbers and tuna are a magnificent combo! Yum!

  23. I grew up thinking that tuna had to packed in spring water. But after a vacation to Spain many years ago I switched to tuna packed in olive oil. It’s tasty and surprisingly does not make the fish itself too oily.

    Thanks for the recipe! I just bought some canned tuna and now I have something new to create with them!

  24. I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of tuna fish, but this looks great. I so love what you do here, Kalyn, that I wanted to share this award with you. You can claim it at my site.


  25. I did not know that garden cukes are sweeter than those from the store. I guess I’ll have to grow some next year. The salad looks delicious!

  26. What a great looking salad! And your garden is amazing!! I wish we were still neighbors too! I want to hear more about your house work you have ahead! We really need to get together sometime. Josh wants to see your photo set up for your blog too!

  27. Yum! I love tuna in olive oil, and sweet crisp cucumbers, and I’m sure they are great together in this salad.

  28. of course, yet again you made me do a “that is so simple… why didn’t I think of that?” Super yum!

  29. I LOVE cucumber and tuna together – looks delicious!

  30. Aniseconsulting, I was surprised that I didn’t have a photo of cucumbers in any of this year’s garden updates. I’ll work on that. They do kind of take over, so give them some space. I’m liking the “bush type” cucumbers best this year.

    Paper, agree!

  31. This is a favourite, I can tell that even without tasting it! Me and Nic are crazy about cucumbers while the rest of the family haven’t understood a thing! Well, it’s their loss…

  32. Hi Kalyn,
    Can you post a photo of your cucumbers in your garden? Can you control them or do they take over?

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