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Make Tuna Salad With Hummus Instead of Mayo

Healthier Tuna Salad: Hummus Instead of Mayo

I grew up eating tuna salad sandwiches, but when I got older, I stopped eating them since they're made with mayo, and not exactly the healthiest lunch option. Then a friend turned me on to this idea: replace the mayo with hummus. Brilliant! It adds a creamy texture and tangy flavor, with much less calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Serving Size 2 tbsp. hummus 2 tbsp. Hellman's mayo
Total Fat
6 g
20 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
3 g
0 mg
10 mg
120 mg
180 mg
4 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
0 g

See how much healthier hummus is than mayo? You can also pump up the flavor of your tuna salad even more by adding a little Dijon mustard, fresh herbs, and chopped scallions. It won't taste exactly like the tuna salad you know and love, but it's still really delicious, and you'll feel good knowing it's much healthier for you.

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yogini yogini 6 years
I love this tuna salad. A recipe I use is to mix the hummus into any amount of tuna salad until you get your desired consistency. I like to drown out any fishy flavor, so I add dijon mustard too. I usually use a scallion or lemon flavored hummus that adds instant flavor! Then add chopped celery and scallions so there is just enough in the mix.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I make mine with avocado when I have a taste for tuna salad.
katesl katesl 6 years
Tzatziki (aka greek cucumber yogurt dressing) is another excellent choice, and adds that creamy component you might miss from mayo
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
hummus rocks! nowadays there are so many varieties (sun-dried tomato and roast pepper are my faves); in fact I made some yesterday from scratch (even the tahini paste) along with some pita bread. I hate mayo, don't really eat sandwiches, and only like tuna with tangy flavours (eg tomato, cilantro, lemon, capers) as a salsa.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Hmmm, mayo made of olive oil or canola oil is not bad. It's a good fat. Read the nutritional info.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
Hmm! Sounds interesting, I can't really imagine it, but I've been meaning to get hummus lately!
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 6 years
I'll definitely try this out. I love hummus! But I also love my traditional tuna salad and would never give it up (or any other "bad" food) completely. Moderation is where it's at.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
What exactly does hummus taste like? Is it safe for people with digestive problems?
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Interesting. I don't like mayo at all, so I make my tuna salad with mustard and a little relish and don't put any mayo in it. Maybe I'd like this recipe better than the traditional tuna.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I usually use 1 part mayo to 1 part lemon infused olive oil when it comes to making tuna salad. It's also yummy with chopped artichoke hearts and kalamata olives.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I ditto what Chloe said. I prefer Mock Tuna (mashed chickpeas) with Vegenaise, SO yummy and full of fiber. Why is it that mayo is listed as 60 calories in quizzes, but 90 calories here? 90-100 is more accurate, for sure.
SFCA SFCA 6 years
What an interesting idea! I'll give it a shot. =)
darc5204 darc5204 6 years
I love making tuna salad with a bit of olive oil and diced roasted veggies (mostly onions and peppers). This hummus idea sounds great too, especially if you like a creamy texture.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
It's not just the calorie and fat content that make hummus healthier than mayo - it's also healthier because it's made with beans instead of eggs.
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