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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, and this tasty salad is low-carb, Keto, gluten-free, and dairy-free. 

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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 for more treats with canned tuna!

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How to Make Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. 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.
  2. Cut each cucumber into half lengthwise, then cut each half into thirds lengthwise before you slice to get nice bite-sized pieces.
  3. 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.
  4. Mix the cucumbers, tuna, and basil well before adding the mayo-based salad dressing. Then gently mix in the dressing, season, and eat!

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Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil

Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil

Yield 2 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil makes a quick and easy lunch, and if you like these ingredients you're going to love this combination!


  • one 7 oz. can tuna packed in olive oil (see notes)
  • 3 small cucumbers (see notes)
  • 20 large leaves fresh basil (see notes)
  • 2 T mayo
  • 2 T your favorite 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. You'll need about 20 large basil leaves, thinly sliced. Be sure to choose a vinaigrette dressing without added sugar.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 903mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 25g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making this cucumber salad with tuna for low-carb diets or for the original 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 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.