Canned tuna has a lot of versatility than many people realize. You can do much more with canned tuna than simply mixing it with mayo and sandwiching it between two bread slices. This lighter, brighter Sesame Tuna Salad is a great alternative to the mayo-based tuna salad. This salad is savoury and sweet with deep nutty undertones. It can be served in many ways. Scroll down for ideas on substitutions and add-ins. There are many ways to enjoy this tuna salad.


You can substitute one shredded carrot for the red bell pepper if you need it. The carrot will provide a similar mild sweetness with a good crunch. To shred the carrot, use a large-holed cheese grater.

What is the TOASTED SEAME OIL? Can I substitute it?

Toasted sesame oils are what gives this recipe its sesame flavour. I do not recommend substituting it. Below is a picture of my toasted sesame seed oil (purchased from Aldi). Toasted sesame oils are made from sesame seed oil toasted first. It is rich in a strong, toasted nut flavour.

Although toasted sesame oils are not always marked as “toasted”, you can still distinguish them from regular sesame oils by their colour. Un-toasted sesame oils, which have a mild flavour, are straw-coloured oil similar to canola oil. Toasted sesame oils, however, are a darker colour. It is usually found in grocery stores near Asian ingredients in the International foods aisle.

If you don’t like toasted sesame or can’t find it, you might try my Sweet & Spicy Tuna Salad alternative.


If you have the ingredients, you can add many other things to this Sesame Tuna Salad. Edamame is a great way of stretching the tuna salad while also adding protein and fibre. In addition to the tuna salad, chopped water chestnuts and slivered almonds make for a fun, crunchy, and fresh option. You can add red pepper flakes to give it a spicy kick.


This recipe is great because it can be served in many different ways. It’s delicious on crackers and cucumber slices, as shown in the photos. It can be served over rice with a few cucumber slices for a delicious bowl meal or used to make lettuce wraps. It could also be used to make an American-style wrap sandwich in a large wrap filled with baby spinach. This sesame tuna salad is a wonderful addition to any greens.


This fun twist on canned tuna makes it savoury, sweet, and nutty. Sesame Tuna Salad tastes great on crackers or sliced cucumbers. It also works well in lettuce wraps and on salad greens.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 tsp soy sauce ($0.04)
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil ($0.20)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar ($0.03)
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds ($0.02)
  • 2 5oz. 2 5oz.
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper ($0.50).
  • 2 green onions ($0.22)


  • Mix the brown sugar, soy sauce and toasted sesame oils in a small bowl.
  • Add the tuna to a bowl and drain it well. Slice the green onions and dice the red bell pepper. The bell pepper and green onions should be added to the bowl and the tuna.
  • The sesame dressing can be poured over the tuna, vegetables and bowl. Fold the ingredients until well coated with dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until you are ready to eat.


Serving Size: 1 cup Calories: 218.6 Kilocalories Carbohydrates are 9.8 g Protein 28.55 G Fat 6.8 g Sodium 607.45 mg Fiber 1.9 g

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