Tuna spinach salad with tomatoes and mozzarella is a light, fresh and healthy lunch! Serve it as a lettuce wrap, regular wrap, with crackers for snacking, or make it into a melt with extra cheese on top!
Happy first full day of spring break, my friends!
The family and I have been in Charleston, S.C., the past few days.
I had a conference to kick off spring break (but don’t feel bad for me, it was a food blogging conference, which is pretty much the best kind ever!). And now we’re in Florida for the week at the beach with my in-laws. (Another don't feel bad for me - I have amazing in-laws!)
Sunshine all around, toes in the sand, pretty ocean views and two kiddos who are happy, happy campers.
And bonus, grandparents at the ready who are more than happy to keep the kids while the hubs and I venture out for some alone time here and there!
I know, I know… #lifeisgood #sospoiled
But because I took the week off from my day job as a health and nutrition editor and because I want to be at least semi on vacation from work on this here blog, I’m gonna keep things short today and only be checking in sporadically this week.
I hope you’ll forgive me.
But I couldn’t not bring you something at all this week. So in honor of spring and beach time, I’m bringing you one of my favorite light + healthy lunches. 💚
This tuna spinach salad with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese is perfect for a quick lunch on a busy day. Or you can make it ahead for tomorrow. 👍
Either way, it’s a great way to get in some extra seafood (which they say we should all be eating AT LEAST twice a week) as well as some veggies.
The Greek yogurt and lemon bring creaminess as well as tartness, and the tomatoes give it a great juicy, fresh pop of flavor. Score!
You might also want to check out this pesto tuna salad for a different take. Or this gorgeous tuna Niçoise salad for a day you're feeling fancy.
The toughest part is deciding how to serve this…
Serving ideas for tuna spinach salad:
- I usually make it a lettuce wrap or wrap it up in a whole wheat tortilla for a super light and healthy lunch.
- Sometimes I just add crackers and snack away, particularly if I’m working at my desk.
- My husband prefers - and so do I when I’ve got a few extra minutes - a tuna spinach salad melt. Just pile up the tuna salad on a whole wheat English muffin or some bread, add extra mozzarella cheese on top and pop it under the broiler for a couple of minutes. (Watch closely so it doesn’t burn!) You’ve got an oooey, gooey, cheesy, melty delicious open-faced sandwich. #lunchtimewin
- You can also add some hot sauce to this when serving for a spicy little kick - you know I love me some hot sauce 🌶💃❤️
Hope you all have a wonderful week! I’ll be back in the real world next week and back with some more recipes then!
Tuna spinach salad
Tuna spinach salad with tomatoes and mozzarella is a light, fresh and healthy lunch! Great served as a sandwich or wrap, with crackers for snacking or as a tuna melt!
- 1 (5 oz.) can chunk light tuna, well drained (4 oz. dry weight)
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt (see notes)
- ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. Season to taste with extra salt and pepper and serve!
I use non-fat Greek yogurt, since that’s what we have on hand. You could also substitute mayonnaise if you prefer.
You could substitute halved cherry or grape tomatoes for the Roma tomato if you prefer. You need about ⅓ - ½ cup.
We like this served in a wrap or lettuce wrap, with crackers, or as a warm open-faced tuna melt with extra mozzarella cheese melted on top.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 422mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
So glad you had fun at the conference!! And now your at the beach!! Sooo jealous!! My MIL is one of my favorite people, so I can totally relate to loving your in-laws! I hope you guys have the best spring break ever!! Now this salad! So crazy, because I have been having the weirdest cravings for tuna fish salad, so I've been making it pretty regularly, but I need a switch up. So I LOVE that you posted this tuna spinach salad!!! Yaaahhhsss! I am so so Soooo making this for lunch!! Pinned! Cheers, lovely!
I get tuna cravings too and am always happy to indulge 😉 Have a great week my friend! XO
Delicious looking salad. Enjoy your holidays, Florida and beach sound great!
Thanks so much Adina!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
Great idea adding spinach to a tuna salad! Can't believe I've never tried it!
You know I love adding veggies in whenever I can 😉 You should definitely try it Tara!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
You definitely sound like you are being spoiled right now 😉 While the weather here is no where near Florida level temps, the sun is shining and that's a good thing! The snow is melting and almost gone (thank goodness) so I'm a happy girl! This sounds delicious and love the idea of making this into a melt and, of course, the hot sauce addition (but you knew I was gonna say that 😉 ). Happy Monday to ya, my friend! XO
Yay for sunshine! I'm sending some warm weather vibes your way as well Dawn! And yes - I love that you're with me on adding hot sauce to ALL the things! XO
Gorgeous photos! And I never would have thought of mozzarella as a secret ingredient! Looks yummy.
Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.
Thanks Luci! The mozzarella really works so well here!
Erin - Suburban Simplicity
What a simple and delicious lunch idea! All good flavors. I think I could sub olive or avocado oil and it'd be just as tasty!
Thanks so much Erin! And yes, you could definitely try that substitute!
This tuna salad is what I needed in my busy life as a flight attendant. I usually just take and eat flavored tuna from the pouch with me and eat it on the plane or at the layover hotel. This is so quick and easy I can do it the night before or take the ingredients with me and throw it together on the plane.
Please post many more simple, quick meals like this and I promise I will use them, share them with my crew members and post them on our nutritional food how to pach, what to pack website.
Hi Debora! I'm so happy to hear this recipe is helpful for you! I will try to keep these coming! In the meantime, you may like my quinoa spinach salad with pesto: http://www.familyfoodonthetable.com/quinoa-spinach-salad-with-pesto/ And my southwestern orzo salad: http://www.familyfoodonthetable.com/southwestern-orzo-salad Both are great make-ahead lunch options and you can definitely add your favorite protein to go with them. Have a great weekend!
Loved this recipe, my wife shared it with me from Facebook. We had a pile of shredded chicken and subbed that for the tuna and I added celery for a little crunch and used Greek yoghurt.
So happy to hear that Lon!
I have some canned skinless, boneless sardines. Wonder how they would do in this salad...
Hi Diane! I haven't tried that but you could certainly give it a shot! Would love to hear how it turns out!
So good! I love spinach but I never thought to add it or tomatoes to tuna, I always add fresh jalapenos to my tuna salad, it was delicious with all of it together.
Thank you for this recipe!
So glad you liked it! I love the idea of some jalapeno in there too - definitely trying that next time 🙂
Hi... just started my health journey and this will be my first time making a salad with spinach. Just one question, do you cook the spinach it is it raw?
Hi Natalia! Congratulations on staring on a health journey! Yes, for this recipe, the spinach is raw. Hope you enjoy it!
Had this today for lunch...so good! I did add a little diced onion to mine.
There are several recipes I will be trying. =)
Yay, I'm so happy you enjoyed it Melissa! 😊
I love this recipe so much! I'll admit I don't leave comments often, but I feel guilty that I've been using a modified version of this recipe for at least two years now--nearly 2-3x a month! It was high time I spoke up. Originally, I didn't have shredded mozzarella or plain yogurt, so I subbed with shredded parm and veganaise and it's fantastic! A proper thanks to you for this recipe. Someday I'll try the original, I swear! XD
Oh yay, I'm so happy to hear you love this recipe so much! I so appreciate you sharing! And thanks for sharing about the subs, too! 😊