Tuna is known as the chicken of the sea for a reason: it’s mild flavor makes it extremely versatile. I’ve prepared tuna salad so many different ways I can’t even count. With a simple change of ingredients you have many possibilities for flavors.
Tuna Melt, Anyone?
To turn this dairy-free and soy-free (thanks to not using store-bought mayo) Paleo Tuna Sandwich into a tuna melt, simply shred some raw cheddar, or your choice of cheese, on top of the tuna salad before adding the top piece of bread and transferring the entire sandwich to a large skillet over low heat with a lid.
Alternatively, you can place it in an oven on a low heat setting until the cheese melts to your desired consistency.
Dairy Free Creamy Tuna Salad
Cheese isn’t a requirement, of course and neither is mayo (homemade or store-bought).
If you start off your bowl with a whole avocado, smashed with the back end of a fork or a potato masher and mix it in with your tuna along with a drizzle of olive oil, you can create a creamy tuna salad as well.
Play around with the ingredients and have fun with it. If you’re a fan of tomatoes, that’s another ingredient that will give you a smoother consistency without adding mayo.
Change it up by sautéing some onions and mushrooms seasoned with sea salt, black pepper and onion powder. Then stir that veggie mixture in a bowl with the tuna and serve it warm.
The combinations are truly endless when you add different herbs and seasonings and change up the olive oil for nut oils. And of course you can always prepare your own homemade Paleo mayo.
Be sure to prepare the bread ahead of time or eat it out of a bowl and if you’re cool with dairy you can pair your sandwich with some homemade Cheez-It Baked Paleo Crackers (as pictured).