Summertime Tuna Salad

Our flowers are at their peak right now. Give me color and bring on the bees!

Another favorite, lacy, golden, dill blossoms, smell heavenly!

Delicious dill is prolific now along with zucchini and cilantro…lovin’ it! Our season is so short here that I enjoy every minute of summer’s goodness. I wanted a light salad, similar to Susan’s Chicken Salad, and with dill from my garden I made this light and fresh Summertime Tuna Salad.

It’s cool and yummy too and there’s no need for a long how to here.  Just use what you have or like with good canned tuna…yup, it has to be quality, white albacore, water-packed. If it’s fishy, it’s a no go around here!
I mixed albacore tuna, celery, dill pickle, grape tomatoes, red onion, dill and mayonnaise together with a little fresh lemon juice. I chilled it for about 1 hour and then served it on a bed or green leaf and romaine lettuce, garnished with dill blossoms, whole grape tomatoes, avocado and toasted sunflower seeds. This is one of our favorite summer meals ever! Hope you’ll enjoy it too.
 Summertime Tuna Salad
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans white albacore tuna, drained
  • 2 large dill pickles, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, fine dice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced
  • 1 lb. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large lettuce (romaine or red leaf are ideal)
  • 2 avocados
  • sunflower seeds to garnish
Combine tuna and vegetables in a mixing bowl. Gently fold in mayonnaise, lemon juice and add salt and pepper to serve. Serve on a lettuce bed. Garnish with avocado, whole grape tomatoes, and sunflower seeds. Makes 4 servings.

Sending sunshine your way!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Sounds really good, I love dill and one thing I’ve never added it to is tuna! I’ve used the pickles, but think I’ll try some of the spice the next time!

  2. Madigan at madiganmade

    Mmm. Avocado in tuna salad? I bet it would be good. Going to try that soon.

  3. Debbie

    I get the best recipes from you! I’m such a huge salad lover. I have everything on hand but avocado for the salad, and the daughter and I love tuna so THIS one will be whipped up for a dinner while Dad is out of town this week.

  4. AmieAnn

    I love ANYTHING that combines my two favorite things.. avocadoes and everything else! It looks aweseome.. Now I know what to make my boys for lunch today (my daughter is slightly picky and tuna is out for her.. but she loves a good salad!) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Bernie

    Love your flowers … especially those gorgeous pansies and violas. Your tasty tuna dish looks delicious.

  6. Ott, A.

    Those flowers are beautiful. And putting them in a collage like that really makes them eye catching. Thanks for posting

  7. Julie Harward

    Your flowers are just gorgeous! And the salad look so good (even though I don’t like tuna anymore…ate too much of that raising the family!) But this does look really delicious! 😀

  8. Gypsy Heart

    Looks beautiful and delish! The flowers are wonderful too. Hope you’re having a great week.


  9. Pam

    As always, your recipe looks so yummy!:-) Thanks for sharing! And your flowers look so lovely, too!

  10. A Garden of Threads

    Love the flower mosaic, so colorful. The salad looks so yummy!.

  11. Mary Lou

    Thanks so much for your visit today. I love your blog and banner.
    Could you share what camera setting or program you used on the “I Believe” photo on your sidebar. It’s beautiful.

  12. debi9kids

    That looks SO perfect. My mouth is watering. LOVE tuna! YUM

  13. Jacqueline

    Oh this looks yummy. I could use my canned chicken in my food storage for this. I love tuna but the kids don’t so much.

  14. Frog Hollow Farm Girl

    Hi! I popped over from Transformation Thursday when I saw that delicious looking bounty of garden vegetables in your photo! This salad looks yummy, I love adding toasted nuts to salads – so nutritious and that added crunch adds a nice touch too! Stop by my blog if you have a chance, I’ll be posting photos of our vegetable garden this Sunday for Summer Sunday at The Tablescaper! Ciao, bella!

  15. Ann

    Yum! That looks great. And I love your mosaic!

  16. Ryan

    Looks gorgeous, you can’t beat a cold chicken salad on a hot summers evening.

  17. Jerri

    What great pictures! I love all the pretty flowers. And that tuna salad looks delish!

    Thanks for joining me for Friday Favorites!


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