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Sesame Tuna Salad

Sesame Tuna Salad

Toasted sesame oil transforms a humble staple like canned tuna into an elegant supper. We love the crunch of napa cabbage in this salad, but romaine lettuce would also work if you happen to have that on hand.


2 cups tuna salad & 6 cups cabbage

Prep Time

25 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes


  • 1/4cup rice vinegar or lemon juice
  • 3tablespoons canola oil
  • 2tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 25- to 6-ounce cans water-packed chunk light tuna, drained
  • 1cup sliced sugar snap peas or snow peas
  • 2scallions, sliced
  • 6cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 4radishes, julienne-cut or sliced
  • 1/4cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Whisk vinegar (or lemon juice), canola oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and ginger in a small bowl.
  2. Combine 3 tablespoons of the dressing with tuna, peas and scallions in a medium bowl.
  3. Divide cabbage among 4 plates. Mound one-fourth of the tuna mixture (about 1/2 cup) in the center of each plate and garnish with radishes, cilantro and sesame seeds. Drizzle with the remaining dressing (about 2 tablespoons per salad) and season with pepper.


Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 2 cups tuna salad & 6 cups cabbage)

Calories 207.79kcal
Carbohydrate Total 7.58g
Total Sugars 2.49g
Added Sugars 2g
Fiber 2.97g
Total Fat 15.77g
Saturated Fat 1.57g
Mono Saturated Fat 8.64g
Cholesterol 1.05mg
Sodium 382.65mg
Protein 11.13g
Potassium 421.88mg
Calcium 80.46mg
Chromium 0.02mcg
Folate 76.29mcg
Iron 1.98mg
Magnesium 37.68mg
Omega-3 1g
Omega-6 3g
Trans Fatty Acid 0.02g
Vitamin A 1418.13IU
Vitamin D 19.32IU
Vitamin B12 0.08mcg
Vitamin C 29.49mg
Vitamin E 3mg
Zinc 0.78mg
Phosphorus 136.53mg
Vitamin B3 2.1mg

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