When you’re looking for a cleaner, lower fat salad option for lunch that’s perfect for losing weight on the 17 Day Diet or any low carb way of eating, this Mayo Free Tuna and Egg Salad is the ideal recipe for your next meal!
Plus, it’s REALLY easy to make with simple ingredients that you likely have on hand!
I featured this easy recipe over on my 7-Day Salad Diet Challenge because it’s a lighter version of the classic tuna salad and a great way to get your protein in for lunch during the week!
Is Mayonnaise Healthy?
I’m not adverse to mayonnaise – if you look at recipes for a homemade version, most only call for a few ingredients.
It’s usually a combination of egg yolk, oil, mustard, and sometimes vinegar.
Apparently, it’s really easy to make, but we don’t always have the time to make our mayonnaise homemade.
Is store-bought mayonnaise healthy?
The store-bought varieties are usually filled with yucky ingredients – these include super inexpensive oils such as soybean or vegetable (both not healthy for you), sugar, and other artificial ingredients to help preserve or make the mayonnaise taste better.
Mayonnaise on the 17 Day Diet
If you’re following the 17 Day Diet and avoiding mayo (at least until Cycle 3), then consider this healthier version of a tuna and egg salad made with yogurt!
While my boyfriend made a tuna sandwich drenched in his store-bought mayo and plopped between two pieces of bread, I opted for a more healthier version of the classic tuna and egg salad.
Here are the ingredients I started with:
Make sure you drain your tuna pretty good so the tuna is super dry.
Place your ingredients into a bowl and stir until well combined.
If you decide to use relish, try to find a brand that doesn’t contain any added sugar, or better yet, choose dill pickle relish (or you can easily chop up a part of a pickle and use this).
The other alternative, is to not use relish at all. The choice is yours!
I love to garnish my salad with a few tomatoes to add color, plus a few pops of juicy flavor.
This is such a light lunch and super easy to make.
You can actually make the tuna mixture ahead of time and grab and go when you head out of the house for work.
Now, remember Albacore tuna does have higher amounts of mercury, so best to only use this sparingly.
I personally prefer this type of tuna over the chunk light, but to keep it 100% 17 Day Diet compliant, stick to light tuna.
Other Add-In Ingredients
Depending on your preference, you can certainly add in extra ingredients.
For instance, you can add in a few sprinkles of dried dill weed or a pinch of fresh, a half of a diced dill pickle if you’re not a fan of sweet pickle relish, and a few chives for a subtle “onion” flavor.
Low Carb Sandwich Recipe
If you want to use this Mayo Free Tuna and Egg Salad and serve as a sandwich, consider using my low carb 90 Second Keto Bread recipe.
It uses almond flour as the base for a low carb and healthy fat alternative to a traditional higher carb sandwich bread.
My 90 Second Keto Bread recipe is written for the Keto Diet, but is easily customized to be compliant for both the 17 Day Diet and the 17 Day Kickstart Diet (I have adjustments available in the recipe).
Other Healthy Salads You May Enjoy
If you enjoy this Mayo Free Tuna and Egg Salad, you might want to try the following healthy salad recipes:
- Keto Egg Salad
- Salmon & Avocado Salsa Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt
- Cool Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Vinaigrette
- Chicken Caesar Kebabs
- Grown-up Tuna Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing
- Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad
- Peach Caprese Salad for the 17 Day Diet
- Summer Slaw with Apples
Other Low Carb Tuna Recipes You May Want to Try
I’m always looking for a good low carb tuna recipe. Here are a few of my healthy favorites:
Other Low Carb Fish Recipes
If you’re looking for more low carb fish recipes to add to your dinner rotation, you’ll love these other fabulous low carb fish recipes:
- Mahi Mahi with Citrus Herb Salad
- Keto Salmon with Lemon Dijon Sauce
- Salmon With Lemon Caper Vinaigrette
- Shrimp Cocktail
- Crab Cakes with Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing
- Salmon with Peach & Cucumber Salsa
- Lemon and Dill Salmon
- Grilled Lemon Sriracha Shrimp
- Broiled Tilapia with Parmesan
- Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca
- Bang Bang Salmon & Broccoli Bowls
If you happen to make this Mayo Free Tuna and Egg Salad, come back and review the recipe and let me know how you enjoyed it! If you’re on social media, make sure you tag me @17ddblog so I can see your dish! Enjoy!
- 1 [5oz] Can Solid White Albacore Tuna (in water)
- 1 Tablespoon Sweet Pickle or Dill Relish (no sugar added)
- 1 Heaping Tablespoon Plain Yogurt (or more to taste)
- 1 Whole Egg, boiled and chopped
- Handful favorite lettuce
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 3-4 Cherry Tomatoes
- Drain tuna fish and add to a small bowl.
- Mix in sweet pickle relish and plain yogurt.
- Next, add in chopped boiled egg to the mixture and mix well.
- Season with Salt and pepper to taste.
- Top your favorite lettuce with the tuna salad. Garnish with 3-4 cherry tomatoes. Enjoy!
Approved for all cycles.
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