Asian Tuna Salad


Who says you need mayo for a tuna salad? Here’s an Asian inspired tuna salad with radishes, green onions, and shredded carrots, dressed with rice vinegar and sesame oil. Great chilled or at room temperature. Perfect for picnics or potlucks. Serve it over chopped lettuce, in a sandwich, in lettuce wraps, or our favorite, tossed with Japanese buckwheat soba noodles. My advice? Make a double batch. This one disappears quickly.

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Asian Tuna Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-4.


  • 10-12 ounces of canned white albacore tuna packed in water, drained
  • 8-10 small radishes, cut into wedges
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 to 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced (taste for heat and adjust, can also sub some chili pepper flakes)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (or plain rice vinegar with a teaspoon of sugar)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 whole green onion, chopped
  • Optional: 8 ounces (dry) soba noodles* or fresh lettuce

*If mixing in with soba noodles, cook soba noodles according to package directions, and rinse with cold water.


Place the drained tuna, radishes, shredded carrot, garlic, ginger, chile, vegetable oil, dark sesame oil, and rice vinegar in a large bowl. Gently toss to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2 When ready to serve, stir in the chopped cilantro and green onion.

Serve with lettuce, or mixed in with cold, cooked soba noodles.

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  • Denise

    This is awesome! Saw this recipe and knew I had to make it and so glad I did!!! YUM

  • Becca

    So, tonight as I was prepping the ham for the oven I realized that the recipe time was for a pre-cooked ham and that was not what I had. Doh! Okay, dinner 2.0 as the ham would not be ready until over an hour past dinner time. (Not okay with a one year old.) Tuna salad to the rescue! I had most things on hand except the radishes and serrano pepper, but water chestnuts, sweet pepper and some cayenne did the trick. It was a huge hit. I am planning to serve this as lettuce wraps the next time we entertain. Your site is my go-to for good food, thank you for another awesome dinner!

  • Ashley

    I made this last night, and it was wonderful! I loved it tossed with soba noodles, and it was a nice alternative to the typical mayonnaise-laden tuna salad recipes. The addition of radishes was fantastic!

  • Espahan

    This is just the kind of recipe I’m looking for. I have some really good home canned tuna calling me.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    I am liking the flavours in this light Asian take on a tuna salad!

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