Dill Pickle Tuna Salad over lettuce.

In case you haven’t noticed, dill pickles are having a moment, and I am here for it! For whatever reason, over the past few months I’ve seen everything from dill pickle popcorn seasoning, to dill pickle ice cream, and even dill pickle candy canes – mostly on social media (oh Facebook, you always have the best, most relevant tea. That’s a joke.) Anyway, file the latter two under EW, but that dill pickle popcorn seasoning? Need!

I’m also filing Dill Pickle Tuna Salad under crave-worthy. Yes, craveable tuna salad! My mouth is watering thinking about the last bite I had of this easy, 5 ingredient tuna salad recipe that’s packed-to-the-max with minced dill pickles. It’s perfect for lunch.

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I’m in the middle of this thing where I’m being more conscience of what and how much I’m eating aka…a diet. Hey, let’s call it conscious consuming a la Gwenyth Paltrow. That’s better, right? If I’m successful in meeting my goal I’ll fill you in on how and what I did/am doing. Long story short, over the past few months I’ve been eating like I’m still nursing Gwen 4-6 times a day, when in reality we’re down to just nursing at bedtime and even that will likely end here shortly. My fall wardrobe is uncomfortably snug and I simply need to pull in the reins.

All that to say, I’ve been planning lunches more vs willy nilly snacking on whatever I’m making the kids, and tuna salad has been a fabulous, non-diety-tasting option. Tuna is low in fat, high in protein, and tuna salad is easy to make ahead of time – perfect for mason jar lunches!

My current favorite spin is this Dill Pickle Tuna Salad. Like I said, it is craveable. Dill pickles tend to do that for for a recipe. ;) Albacore tuna, mayonnaise, minced dill pickles, dried or fresh dill, and green onions combine to make a zippy, zesty salad that’s super satisfying when scooped onto a bed of lettuce, in the center of a tomato, or in between two slices of toast if you’re looking for a more classic presentation.

And yes, I’m consciously consuming mayo. If a change is going to happen in my world, nothing can be off limits – including mayo. And wine. Still planning on consciously consuming that too while trying to slim down! It’s all about moderation. Again, I’ll let you know how it goes. ;)

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Ok! I bet you already have the ingredients on hand to make Dill Pickle Tuna Salad so assemble tonight, enjoy tomorrow, then let me know what you think!

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How to Make Dill Pickle Tuna Salad:

Just one step to this recipe – to a large bowl add a 5oz can tuna that’s been drained if needed, a scant 1/4 cup mayo (or more or less), 2 chopped green onions, 1/4 – 1/3 cup minced dill pickles, a small pinch dried dill OR a large pinch chopped fresh dill, and lots of freshly cracked pepper. Stir to combine then taste and add a little salt if you’d like.

This is the only brand of canned tuna I eat, by the way. I purchase at Costco, though HyVee, Target, Whole Foods, etc sells it too. FYI, the can says to not drain the liquid away from the tuna before using, but I do. #rebel

I prefer to serve the tuna salad on top of a lettuce blend that includes arugula – the flavors play really nice, I think – though obviously feel free to enjoy however you’d like. I hope you love this yummy, easy, dill pickley-take on tuna salad – enjoy!

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Dill Pickle Tuna Salad

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Dill Pickle Tuna Salad is a scrumptious, 5 ingredient lunch recipe! Pair with lettuce, bread, or crackers for a delicious and filling gluten free lunch.


serves 1-2

  • 5oz can tuna, drained (I prefer Wild Planet wild albacore tuna)
  • scant 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup minced pickles (~2-3 "baby" pickles)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • small pinch dried dill OR big pinch chopped fresh dill
  • salt and pepper


  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl then stir to combine. Add more mayo if desired. Serve over lettuce, between toasted bread, or with crackers.


  • I LOVE pickles and usually use 1/3 cup minced pickles in this tuna salad recipe. Feel free to use less.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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