Mayo-Free Tuna Hummus Sandwich

October 5, 2016

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The classic tuna sandwich gets an upgrade with this mayo-free tuna hummus salad sandwich, perfect for the kids’ lunchbox or anyone’s mid-day meal!

The classic tuna salad gets an upgrade with this mayo-free tuna hummus salad sandwich, perfect for the kids' lunchbox or anyone's mid-day meal! Get the recipe at JessicaLevinson.com | #tuna #tunasalad #sandwich #tunasandwich #dairyfree #seafood2xwk

Tuna salad and sandwiches have been a staple of my diet since I was a child, and they now make a regular appearance at lunchtime for my girls too. Most tuna salads are swimming in mayonnaise, which is not my cup-of-tea, so over the years I have experimented with various ways to make tuna salad more nutritious while maintaining its deliciousness.

Personally I love my Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad, which uses light mayonnaise, but my husband complains it’s too dry for him, so my search for the best lighter tuna salad has continued. After all, I don’t believe in being a short order cook and making two batches of tuna salad for one family!

I have of course used plain Greek yogurt as the tuna binder, but when I want a dairy-free, mayo-free tuna salad, the best condiment to date has been hummus.

This is one of the easiest lunch recipes and definitely a kid-favorite – you should have seen how excited my girls were to dig into their lunch! (You can also check out my Instagram feed to see how I packed these sandwiches into their lunchboxes this week.) And by the way, with the cucumber slices, don’t these sandwiches look like little monsters or Ernie & Bert? So much fun for the kids!

My girls ready to dive into their Mayo-Free Tuna Hummus Salad Sandwiches!

Ingredients & Preparation

I used the roasted garlic hummus in this recipe, but you can mix it up and use any flavor variety of your choice. You can also chop in your veggies of choice or put the veggies on the side if you prefer a smoother tuna salad. Sometimes I like to eat this tuna hummus salad with whole grain crackers or just put it on top of a bed of lettuce drizzled with some olive oil and vinegar for my own lunch.

However you choose to eat this Mayo-Free Tuna Hummus Salad, I am certain you will enjoy it. And in case your husband is like mine, you won’t need to worry about complaints of dry tuna salad here!

As a side note, in case you’re wondering about mercury levels in albacore tuna, the FDA has advised eating up to 6 ounces of albacore tuna per week. One can of tuna drained is about four ounces and makes two sandwiches, which comes to two ounces per person, leaving room for a couple more tuna sandwiches during the week if desired. To prevent overdoing it, I also use canned salmon, which can be prepared with this same recipe.

The classic tuna salad gets an upgrade with this mayo-free tuna hummus salad sandwich, perfect for the kids' lunchbox or anyone's mid-day meal! Get the recipe at JessicaLevinson.com | #tuna #tunasalad #sandwich #tunasandwich #dairyfree #seafood2xwk

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The classic tuna salad gets an upgrade with this mayo-free tuna hummus salad sandwich, perfect for the kids' lunchbox or anyone's mid-day meal! Get the recipe at JessicaLevinson.com | #tuna #tunasalad #sandwich #tunasandwich #dairyfree #seafood2xwk
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Mayo-Free Tuna Hummus Salad Sandwich

The classic tuna sandwich gets an upgrade with this mayo-free tuna hummus salad sandwich, perfect for the kids' lunchbox or anyone's mid-day meal!
Course Lunch
Cuisine American, Dairy-Free
Keyword lunch, tuna, tuna salad, tuna sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Jessica

Ingredients

  • 1 5- ounce can albacore tuna, in water, drained and flaked
  • 2 tablespoons + 4 teaspoons roasted garlic hummus (or other variety), divided
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons shredded and chopped carrots
  • 1 tablespoon diced red onion
  • 4 slices whole grain bread
  • Thinly sliced cucumber rounds

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mash tuna with 2 tablespoons hummus and lemon juice. Fold in carrots and red onion.

  2. If desired, toast bread and spread each slice with one teaspoon hummus. Divide tuna salad between two slices of bread and top with sliced cucumber. Cover each sandwich with the remaining two slices of bread.

The classic tuna salad gets an upgrade with this mayo-free tuna hummus salad sandwich, perfect for the kids' lunchbox or anyone's mid-day meal! Get the recipe at JessicaLevinson.com | #tuna #tunasalad #sandwich #tunasandwich #dairyfree #seafood2xwk

Do you love tuna salad but hate the mayo?

What’s your favorite tuna salad binder?

Share with me in the comments below!
Mayo-Free Tuna Hummus Sandwich | The classic tuna sandwich gets an upgrade with this mayo-free tuna hummus salad sandwich, perfect for the kids' lunchbox or anyone's mid-day meal! Recipe @jlevinsonrd
Mayo-Free Tuna Hummus Sandwich | The classic tuna sandwich gets an upgrade with this mayo-free tuna hummus salad sandwich, perfect for the kids' lunchbox or anyone's mid-day meal! Recipe @jlevinsonrd
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    1. I love it! So many yummy combos to make. Aw, thanks! I was not planning to include them, but they were home and waiting to devour the sandwiches and wanted to take pics. My kids are so not camera shy!

    1. If you like your mayo, stick with it! You can definitely make the same recipe using mayonnaise, that’s for sure! If you do try this I hope you’ll let me know what you think!

  1. Loved reading this!!!! Sooo creative and sandwiches look delicious…especially using the Sabra Hummus Spreads…you are right…a game changer!!!
    And, my granddaughters look delicious too!!

    1. Thanks Gee! Hope you enjoy using the Sabra Spreads as much as I do! I’d be happy to make you that sandwich any time!

      1. Would love to try that fun looking sandwich anytime!!! Maybe I can have a lunch-play date with “the girls” and we can enjoy it together. 🙂

  2. I adore Sabra’s products, they never seem to amaze me with their delicious hummus’s and spreads. This honey mustard one would be great on a turkey breast sandwich on Rye!!

  3. Was thinking about this still after yesterday and was going to stop and grab hummus but A got sick in the middle of the night and has influenza. So I can’t try it for lunch and have to wait until my husband is home and I can run to Target and grab hummus. I’ll keep you posted though!

    1. Oh no, Sarah 🙁 I hope A is better asap. I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts once everyone is better. XO

    1. Thanks Taylor. The spreads are yummy and convenient, but I also use their regular hummus when I have a package open!

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