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Mediterranean Tuna Salad

    Tuna salad, the lunchtime classic, gets a Mediterranean upgrade in my tasty version made with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and fresh basil.

    Mediterranean Tuna Salad

    Tuna salad reminds me of my mommy. Growing up, we always had a few cans of tuna in the pantry for a quick, protein-packed lunch. To this day, nothing is quite as comforting as my mom’s homemade tuna salad made with celery, onion and Miracle Whip. Yes, we were a Miracle Whip family growing up. It was a sad day when I discovered the main ingredient is corn syrup but I would be lying if I said I don’t still crave it from time to time!

    My Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich is an homage to my childhood favorite. Packed with roasted red peppers, briny kalamata olives, and fresh basil, this sandwich is going to quickly become your new family tradition.

    Mediterranean Tuna Salad - The Lemon Bowl

    For added crunch and even more flavor, I love topping it with plenty of Mezzetta® mild banana pepper rings. We love whole grain seed bread from our local bakery but this would be great in a whole wheat wrap or stuffed in a pita.

    Mediterranean Tuna Salad

    Mediterranean Tuna Salad

    4.34 stars average
    Tuna salad, the lunchtime classic, gets a Mediterranean upgrade in my tasty version made with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and fresh basil.
    PREP: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 2 five ounce cans tuna (drained)
    • cup minced red onion
    • ¼ cup real mayonnaise (or plain Greek yogurt)
    • ¼ cup Mezzetta Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives (sliced)
    • ¼ cup Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Peppers
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons fresh basil – mined (or Italian parsley)
    • 8 slices whole grain bread
    • Slices Optional Toppings: romaine lettuce (Mezzetta Deli Sliced Pepper Rings and Roasted Red Bell Pepper)


    • Place drained tuna in a medium bowl and add onion, mayonnaise, olives, roasted peppers, lemon juice and fresh basil. Stir with a fork until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
    • Top four slices of bread with a lettuce leaf then add equal portions of tuna salad to each piece.
    • Garnish with optional toppings then top with second slice of bread before slicing and serving.


    Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 29.4gProtein: 24.8gFat: 15.6gSaturated Fat: 1.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 933mgFiber: 4.2gSugar: 3.3g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


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