Protein Packed Tuna Salad

Protein Packed Tuna Salad - Cooking Up Happiness

If you clicked on this recipe, it’s most likely because you love tuna… Now, I know this recipe sounds kind of weird, but hear me out!

I was brainstorming the other day with my husband about eating healthy, not just for dinners but how to come up with easier ways to eat healthy for lunch.

I love coming up with all of these yummy and healthy meals, but most of the time you are going to make those for your dinners – so unless you have leftovers, what about lunch??

I started to think of foods that are packed with protein to keep you fuller longer but also low in calories (and of course, easy to prep). I usually prep my lunches on Sunday – chicken breast and sweet potatoes is my go to lately – but if you don’ t have the time to do that, then meals like this protein packed tuna salad are perfect!

This tuna salad is fresh tasting, super filling and nutritious at the same time! It’s spiced with dill, garlic and freshly chopped chives, then simply add in 1/2 cup of cottage cheese instead of mayo and you have tuna salad. (It doesn’t get much easier than that!)

Protein Packed Tuna Salad - Cooking Up Happiness

The great thing about this meal (besides it being healthy) is you can serve this up in a low calorie wrap or, like I have it here, serve with pretzels (making sure to count out your serving) and fresh-cut veggies using the tuna salad as a dip… It will be tasty whatever you choose!

TIP: If you aren’t a big tuna or fish person, you can add shredded chicken instead for a take on chicken salad. It’s still going to be packed full of protein!


2 oz. chunk light tuna
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 tsp. dill
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2-3 chopped chives
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Drain tuna in a strainer, using a fork to press out the water.
  2. Add tuna to a medium size bowl.
  3. Next add in cottage cheese, dill, garlic powder, chives, salt and pepper (to taste).
  4. Place in the fridge until ready to eat.
  5. Serve in a wrap or with pretzel thing, wheat crackers or fresh veggies.

Protein Packed Tuna Salad - Cooking Up Happiness

Nutritional Information:

Servings: 1

Calories: 210
Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 5 g
Sugar: 5 g
Protein: 36 g

Protein Packed Tuna Salad - Cooking Up Happiness


EMILY NESS is a full-time food and lifestyle author who’s passionate about developing simple yet mouth-watering recipes that anyone can make. Since founding her website in 2013, she’s went on to share her passion for cooking healthy and tasty recipes with the thousands of people around the world.
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