Asian Tuna Salad

Asian inspired tuna salad with canned tuna, radishes, cilantro, shredded carrot, ginger, rice vinegar and sesame oil.

Asian Tuna Salad
Elise Bauer

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!

Asian Tuna Salad
Elise Bauer

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.

Asian Tuna Salad

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2 to 4 servings


  • 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 chili, seeded and minced (taste for heat and adjust, can also sub some chili pepper flakes)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar (or plain rice vinegar with a teaspoon of sugar)

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons 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.


  1. 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.


Asian Tuna Salad with Dried Cranberries, from Andrea Meyers

Asian Tuna Salad Sandwich, from Bake Your Day

Seared Ahi Tuna with Asian Avocado Salsa, from Foodie Crush

Asian Tuna Salad
Elise Bauer