This Classic Tuna Salad is made healthier with a secret ingredient that packs a protein punch and adds great taste. Tuna salad is the perfect lunchbox meal, in sandwich form or as an on-the-go option to be eaten with crackers.

Classic Tuna Salad Sandwich made healthier with cottage cheese

I have to admit, I usually go for a fancier tuna salad, but my son is a huge fan of the classic tuna salad sandwich made with boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish and mayo. And, there’s no mayo going into this girl’s tuna salad! I thought about exchanging the mayo for Greek yogurt, but I had a full container of cottage cheese in the fridge and Landen is a cottage cheese fan, so cottage cheese it was. It turned out to be a great replacement and Landen didn’t say a word about his tuna salad tasting different. Healthier and tasty… win-win!

Classic Tuna Salad made healthier with cottage cheese

I love making tuna salad when the kids and I start to get bored with our normal lunchbox meals. It keeps things interesting and it’s so easy to throw together! I used four (2.5 oz) Bumble Bee Premium Light Tuna water pouches, but you could also use two (5 oz) cans of Bumble Bee Premium Light Tuna in the can. I kept things really simple and combined the tuna with boiled eggs, celery, onion, sweet pickle and cottage cheese. This made enough for 5 sandwiches and fed my whole family lunch.

Classic Tuna Salad made healthier with cottage cheese

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Classic Tuna Salad Recipe Made Healthier

The classic tuna salad gets a face lift with a secret ingredient and is made healthier and tastier!
Author: Kim


  • 4 pouches Bumble Bee Premium Light Tuna in water or 2 (5 oz) cans Bumble Bee Premium Light Tuna in water, drained, 2.5 oz single serve pouches
  • 2 eggs, boiled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 small sweet pickles, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese, I used fat free organic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper + more to taste as needed


  • Combine all tuna salad ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Spoon tuna salad onto bread for sandwiches, simply spread it on crackers or use it as a chip dip. Enjoy!


Nutrition is for tuna salad only. Serve on rolls, with crackers, or in lettuce cups.
Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 269mg, Potassium: 272mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 243IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 1mg

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Classic Tuna Salad made healthier with cottage cheese

Something to think about….

Are you a tuna salad sandwich fan? What add-ins do you like in your tuna salad? Feel free to share the link of your favorite tuna recipe!

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