Lemon-Dill Tuna Salad

First of all, in VERY exciting news, guess what Sara and I got on our doorsteps on Wednesday? This.

400 Calories or less with Our Best Bites copy

It’s really, really happening! The book won’t be released until the beginning of April, but you can pre-order it now and it will be shipped to you as soon as it’s available!

We’ve had a lot of questions about the soft cover. Yes, it is different from our last two books, but this is a good thing for a few reasons. First, it costs a little less than hardcover books. Also, a lot of people had problems with the spiral binding coming off of the hard covers, so that won’t be an issue here. The book is designed to stay open (think like a nice coffee table book), so the margins coming from the binding are wide and the book naturally lays open. The book just feels like a good size, the paper and the covers are super thick, and the pictures are huge and look fantastic. So I promise, this isn’t a cheap, throw-away soft cover book; we’re hugely proud of how it came out and absolutely love it. In fact, both Sara and I and our publishing company feel like it’s our favorite.

Anyway. Back to business as usual where I didn’t want to hug the FedEx guy.

lemon dill tuna salad lettuc cups-5 copy

In my dream world where I would have hair like the Duggar girls, I would also have someone to plan, shop for, and make me lunch every day. Mom lunches are the worst. Especially when I’m eating healthy and a handful of Cheez-Its and a juice box isn’t going to cut it.

When I’m really making a conscious effort to eat healthy, I usually have leftovers from the night before or a salad. But sometimes the thought of another green, leafy salad is enough to send me over the edge and into the arms of my chocolate stash. I’m a girl that has to mix it up, at least a little bit, or I lose my motivation.

This Lemon-Dill Tuna Salad recipe is fantastic because it is super quick and easy, it’s cheap, it’s not the straight-up tuna-and-Miracle Whip concoction of your childhood (just mine?), and it’s completely packed with protein. It’s a little low in calories, so if you want to bulk it up a little, you can serve it on a leaf of lettuce on top of a slice of whole wheat bread or inside a whole grain tortilla.

To get started, round up one of those 2.6-ounce pouches of chunk white or light tuna, 2 green onions, some dill (I use fresh, but dry dill will work fine, just reduce the amount a little), and a clove of garlic.

lemon dill tuna salad lettuce salad cups

In a small bowl, combine the tuna, chopped green onions, garlic, dill, and the zest of 1 lemon.

lemon dill tuna salad lettuce cups

After you’ve mixed it, add in 2 tablespoons of light mayonnaise…

lemon dill tuna salad lettuce cups

a little white wine vinegar, and some salt and pepper to taste. Divide the tuna salad evenly among the lettuce leaves, then top with sliced cucumbers, sliced almonds, and a few chopped green onion tops.

lemon dill tuna salad lettuce cups from Our Best Bites. Quick, easy, healthy lunch for 1 person!


Sara Wells
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. So fun to get a glimpse of that cookbook! Plus, I just have to say I think you two are rock stars. Love the light, healthy recipes (maybe your overnight oatmeal post can convert me, my one and only experience was reeaaallly bad and I think it had something to do with no sweetener and a foreign kind of oatmeal) and your Fit Club is so, so inspiring. Love your guts and all the good things you are doing!

  2. I am eating this for lunch right now! super tasty!! keep posting lunch recipes please! lunch is where i tend to fall into a rut, so I was very excited to try this. by the way, i cheated and used regular mayo, but i halved the amount and instead of lettuce cups, i just put it all on some chopped romaine. hope it’s ok to recipe hack, i will try it the regular way next time 😉

  3. I love a good tuna salad sandwich and I like the freshness that this recipe has… can’t wait to try it out!
    Also, looking forward to the new cookbook! I didn’t have issues with the spiral binding on the others, but I like the look of the new one! It comes out plenty of time for mother’s day or my birthday. 🙂

  4. I still kind of shudder at the thought of tuna sandwiches, but I, too, grew up on bland two-ingredient tuna salad. This was fabulous! We had it on flatbread, and even my five-year old wanted to trade in his pbj (ok, peanut butter banana honey) sandwich for my lunch. Thanks! Looking forward to more easy, healthy recipes in your newest cookbook. 🙂

  5. New book looks fantastic! Can not wait! Perfect timing with the new get fit in 2015!!!!!

  6. Congrats Kate & Sara! Can’t wait for the new cookbook; it looks amazing! If you feel like doing a give-away, (hint, hint) then count me in.;)

  7. Really looking forward to ideas for healthy lunchs – I too can only do so many salads before I break and dive into too many chocolate chip cookies. Pre-ordered!!

  8. I might be in the minority, but I’m actually thrilled that this one isn’t spiral-bound! I adore your other two cookbooks, but I have issues with the pages not turning (or tearing when trying to turn) with the spirals on both of them. I still would’ve bought the new cookbook even if it had been spiral-bound (because I LOVE your recipes!), but I’m really excited that it’s not. 🙂

    1. I agree. The spiral binding was the only downside to the first two cookbooks. And everything good about them far outweighed the one negative so I ordered the new one before I knew it would be different, but I’m happy that it is. Now there will be NO downsides. 🙂

  9. I pre-ordered your book before Christmas. Can’t wait to get it!

    The tuna sounds delish. We very often have tuna sandwiches for lunch on Saturday so I’ll try mine this way tomorrow.

  10. Can I just say how awesome I think it is that you are now very forthcoming about what you believe with adding the mormon.org blocks to your side bars. I love it! I am so grateful for those who are willing to spread the “good news” any way they can. Awesome. Thanks for your example of what’s most important.

  11. “the straight-up tuna-and-Miracle Whip concoction of your childhood” – yep, totally my childhood. Not to be confused with egg salad which was straight up hard boiled eggs and miracle whip. My mom has really expanded her horizons with cooking, but she waited until us kids left the house! Grilled turkey breast with mango salsa was on last night’s menu at her house (never would have had ANYTHING like that).

    This looks delicious. Congrats on the cookbook!

  12. The recipe looks fabulous. So does the book. I feel like my six-year-old; “I want it NOW!”

  13. You crack me up Kate: “hair like the Duggar girls”. You are awesome.

    I did see the new book was not spiral bound and was a little sad, but now that you explained it will stay open I can go back to my eight hours of sleep 🙂 Congrats, I am sure this book will be so awesome, and in April, just in time for my birthday. I already pre-ordered, so Happy Birthday to me!

    Thanks for this recipe, this looks so good, for those times when I am home by myself.