Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, and Mint is a kicked up version of Middle Eastern Tomato Salad, with tuna for more protein!  

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Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, and Mint

Every year when the end of summer approaches, I have a hard time letting go of summer foods. And I’m not apologizing for it, because salads like this Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, and Mint are perfect to make in September, when garden tomatoes are at their prime and the herb garden is still loaded with leafy goodness. And there is also no apologizing for the fact that this salad was definitely inspired by my favorite Middle Eastern Tomato Salad, something I make every year when I have good tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, and parsley and mint from the garden.

This salad with tuna has some of the same flavors, but it features tomatoes and cucumbers cut into bigger chunks, for more of a main-dish salad feel. But what really makes this salad a winner (at least for me) is the generous amount of chopped fresh parsley and mint. I haven’t been to the middle east, but I’ve eaten in enough middle eastern restaurants to know about their salads with fresh herbs, where the herbs are almost eaten as a form of greens. I used a whole cup each of chopped parsley and chopped mint in this salad, for that great middle eastern flavor combination I’m so fond of. Of course if you don’t have a garden with fresh herbs or aren’t so much of a parsley and mint fan, feel free to make the salad with less herbs.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • vine-ripened tomatoes
  • tuna packed in olive oil, preferably Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • chopped garden cucumbers
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • chopped fresh mint
  • green onions
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), or other all-purpose seasoning blend

What canned tuna do I use?

For years the only canned tuna I have used is Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link) and I think it adds amazing flavor to salads like this!

Will this salad keep in the fridge?

This salad will keep in the fridge for about a day, but it’s best freshly made.

Want More Recipes with Tuna?

Check out My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Tuna for more tasty recipes like this one.

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How to make this salad:

(This is just a summary of the steps shown in the photos; scroll down for the complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Cut up enough small tomatoes to make 2 cups of tomato pieces.
  2. Put tomatoes into a colander placed in the sink and let some of the liquid drain off.
  3. In another colander, drain 1 or 2 cans tuna packed in olive oil. (affiliate link)
  4. Cut up enough cucumbers to make 2 cups cucumber pieces.
  5. Chop up fresh parsley and fresh mint.
  6. Slice green onions.
  7. Whisk together ingredients to make the dressing.
  8. Mix together tomatoes, cucumber, green onion, chopped parsley, and chopped mint and toss with the dressing.
  9. Gently fold in the drained tuna and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

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Tuna Salad with Tomatoes and Peperoncini ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Smoky Tuna Pickle Boats ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
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Yield: 4 servings

Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, and Mint

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

This Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, and Mint is so tasty for a quick dinner!

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped vine-ripened tomatoes (chopped large)
  • two 5 oz. cans tuna packed in olive oil (see notes)
  • 2 cups chopped garden cucumbers (chopped large)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley (more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (white and green parts)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp. Spike Seasoning (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Cut up enough vine-ripened small tomatoes to make 2 cups of tomato pieces, chopped fairly large.
  2. Put tomatoes into a colander placed in the sink and let some of the liquid drain off.
  3. In another colander, drain 1 or 2 cans Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil. (affiliate link)
  4. Cut up enough cucumbers to make 2 cups cucumber pieces, chopped fairly large. I like to use a vegetable peeler to cut stripes on the skin of the cucumber, but that's certainly optional.
  5. Chop up 1 cup each of fresh parsley and fresh mint.
  6. Slice enough green onions to make 1/2 cup, using white and green parts
  7. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and Spike Seasoning to make the dressing. (affiliate link)
  8. Gently mix together the tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, chopped parsley, and chopped mint and toss with the dressing.
  9. Gently fold in the drained tuna and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Notes

I'm a huge fan of Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link) and that's what I'd use for this recipe; you can use only one can of tuna if you prefer less tuna. I love Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) for savory recipes, but use any good all-purpose seasoning blend if you don't have Spike. I use my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe.

Recipe created by Kalyn and inspired by a love of Middle Eastern Tomato Salad.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 23g

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.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, and Mint is a great dish for low-carb diet plans including Keto, and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. 

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2019. It was last updated in 2021.

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