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!
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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.
Mayo-Free Tuna Salad
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!
Making Tuna Hummus Salad
I used roasted garlic hummus in this recipe, but you can mix it up and use any flavor hummus 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!
Mercury in Tuna
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.
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!
Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Kosher
- One 5-ounce can albacore tuna, in water, drained and flaked
- 3 tablespoons hummus (any 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
- In a medium mixing bowl, mash tuna with 2 tablespoons hummus and lemon juice. Fold in carrots and red onion.
- 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.
Tuna salad itself is gluten-free. Use gluten-free bread if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 603mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 26g
Nutrition information was calculated by Nutritionix. It may not be 100% accurate.
Do you love tuna salad but hate the mayo?
What’s your favorite tuna salad binder?
Share with me in the comments below!
I did something similar with the pepper + salt spread yesterday for lunch -so good 🙂 And that photo of your girls — darling!!
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!
The garlic herb spread sounds awesome but the honey mustard might be my fav. This is a great recipe for easy, healthy lunches!
The honey mustard is pretty darn good too Chrissa! Thanks – hope you try it!
Looks great! Another simple way to satisfy those little hungry tummies!
Thank you! It sure is – and the big tummies too 😉
The mayo is the best part about tuna sandwiches. And I’m not a huge fan of hummus. But I’m willing to give this a try.
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!
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!!
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!
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. 🙂
I would have never thought of hummus for tuna salad – this is brilliant! I will definitely be trying this for me and my son.
Thanks Chrissy! I hope you and your son both enjoy it!
What a fun alternative! And a great way to cut out some of that mayo calorie!
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!!
Same here Abbey! And yes, that would be a delicious combo!
Such a great use of hummus! My boyfriend loves tuna salad, so I might make this for him 🙂
Thanks Christina! I hope he gives it a try – would love to know how he likes it!
This looks so delicious and I’m not a huge mayo fan, so it’s perfect. Would be great for chicken salad also! Great idea, Jessica!
Thanks Shannon! Definitely would be great with chicken salad too!
I love the idea of hummus instead of mayo. I can never get enough hummus!
It’s so delicious Jenn! I hope you’ll give it a try!
How cute are your girls!! And I love the healthy spin on this classic!
Haha..thanks! They sure do love their food! Thanks – it’s super yummy!
Love this!! This is such a great alternative to mayo when it comes to sandwiches. Can’t wait to try all these flavours.
Thanks so much Rebecca! I hope you enjoy it!
These look great! Love the added veggies.
Thanks Kerri! I always try to get some extra veggies in when I can!!
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!
Oh no, Sarah 🙁 I hope A is better asap. I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts once everyone is better. XO
This looks like the absolute best sandwich ever. It combines all my favorites into one delicious lunch!
Thanks so much Jodi! Hope you make it sometime!
This looks like a delicious lunch! I’ll have to get some of the Sabra Spreads! They sound wonderful!
Thanks Taylor. The spreads are yummy and convenient, but I also use their regular hummus when I have a package open!
Anddddd checking out these spreads RIGHT NOW! They sound like an absolute GOD-SEND and so so so so so perfect for tuna!
They are! So easy to use and delicious too!
You just reminded me to look for these the next time I shop! LOVED the black pepper one!
Yay! They’re so yummy!
That picture of your girls is just too precious! No wonder they’re so happy, this sandwich looks amazing! I’m team no mayo- so I’m loving this!
Thanks so much Emily! Go Team No-Mayo!!
I’ve never thought of adding hummus to this!!! What a great idea. Your girls are so adorable too.
Thanks Julie – it’s a great mayo replacement. Creamy and flavorful with healthy fats!
This looks great! I do feel like mayo overpowers the taste of a great tuna sandwich or salad so this is something that I will definitely be interested in trying!
Thanks so much Kristina! Can’t wait for you to try it!
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Thank you for the recipe! It was delicious! I ended up adding more hummus to the tuna along with some fresh cilantro and black pepper.
Thanks for sharing Erika! So glad you enjoyed and love the addition of cilantro!