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Southwestern Tuna Salad Sandwich

Southwestern Tuna Salad Sandwich
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For a more exciting variation on tuna salad, whip together this southwest version with salsa, peppers, and cilantro. You can choose how spicy you want this tuna salad. You'll also love this tuna salad because it uses plain yogurt, instead of mayonnaise. This will help you to cut out the calories that you find in a traditional tuna salad. So, not only does this tuna salad taste amazing, it's also much healthier than your other tuna salad recipes. We recommend that you make this tuna salad as soon as possible. It's simply too good to not share with your friends and family.


Salsa verdes (green sauce) is a standard Mexican table salsa made with Serrano chiles. It is usually fairly spicy. It is available canned or jarred in supermarkets and Mexican markets. You can substitute your favorite red salsa if you wish. 

Serrano peppers are slightly hotter than jalapenos, so depending on which you use, you can choose how spicy to make your tuna salads. Remember that lime juice always intensifies the heat factor of fresh chiles. So it is important to taste and adjust after the salad has chilled. To add heat, add some more chiles or salsa. To "cool" it, add more yogurt. 


Want even more tuna salads? Check out these 8 Healthy Tuna Salad Recipes



  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup salsa verdes (see note)
  • 1/4 cup pimento or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 12 ounces water-packed white tuna, well drained
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons jalapeno or Serrano pepper, finely chopped (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (see note)
  • 1 cup baby lettuce leaves
  • 3 pita breads, cut in half and split open
  • lime wedges and cilantro to garnish


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, salsa, pimento, cumin, salt, and cilantro until well mixed. Gently stir in the tuna and pepper. Then add lime juice to taste. 
  2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to mellow. Taste and adjust salt and lime flavors to your preference. 
  3. Spoon tuna mixture into pita halves along with some of the lettuce. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro leaves to garnish. 

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I've been looking for a new way to make tuna salad, so I'm really glad I found this recipe! I like that it's so much healthier than other tuna salad recipes.

I've always liked tuna salad, and now, I've found a recipe I like even better than my old stand-by. Just the right amount of heat for a little kick, and any sandwich tastes better on pita.

I don't even like tuna, but I liked this tuna salad!

Tasty tuna salad. The cilantro and chili pepper gave it a nice flavor.

A great variation on traditional tuna salad! I loved it on pita rather than bread.

I LOVED this tuna salad. I have never had one with a Southwestern flavor profile and I think it worked really well. This is a great recipe to change up your lunch routine.

I think I would've liked to have tried this tuna salad warm as part of a tuna melt instead of cold. I'd have liked having a few more spices added in as well, but this would be great for entertaining a large group of people.

LOVED the addition of cilantro - it really made the tuna salad taste flavorful and fresh. The red pepper was also a nice touch. This wasn't too heavy and there wasn't a lot of mayo, which I appreciate.


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