Primal Pesto Tuna Salad

Maybe I’m not the first one to think of this. I know a quick Google search would likely show me that I’m not, but I just don’t want to know. Seems like everyone has thought of almost all of my ‘AH-HA’ moments. Regardless, this was inspired by a lack of things fresh in the fridge. This is a pantry meal if I’ve ever seen one. Every ingredient is jarred or canned and bought at the good old grocery store. Perhaps you’d say it’s not very “whole” or “from the ground” but heck, sometimes you need dinner in 10 minutes.


2 cans tuna packed in olive oil, flaked with a fork

1/2 7 oz. can of artichoke hearts, roughly chopped

1/2 c kalamata olives, about 15 or so

1/2 c roasted red peppers, chopped

1/4 c – 1/3 c store bought pesto sauce


Combine all ingredients and serve. Easy, huh?


7 responses to “Primal Pesto Tuna Salad”

  1. Made this today, it’s so light but filling…I loved it and so did all the ladies in my office, who I always share with…trying to spread the Paleo word! I added broccoli for a little more green! Love your website, thanks for sharing!

    1. the sole comment…hahaha. i haven’t made this in a while, but remember loving it and thinking it was a pretty decent twist on normal tuna salad. i’m so happy SOMEONE has tried it!

  2. Isn’t pesto super fattening?

  3. Kacee Laine

    This was fabulous! I added a little extra artichoke hearts, but this dish is pretty great on its own. You can find lower fat pesto sauces, such as Knorr (0g of fat). Also, if you’re not on a strict Paleo diet, adding a little feta cheese makes this even better. My favorite part about this recipe is that is so easy and quick to make. Thanks for sharing!

  4. First time seeing your website. I love it. Have just spotted your recipe for Primal Pesto Tuna Salad, and I have a question: Is the tuna drained or undrained?

    As soon as I know the answer, I’m trying it!

  5. Made this tonight! Very light and flavorful. Forgot to drain my tuna, but drained some of the juice off after combining the ingredients. I just recently found your website and I LOVE it! Will definitely be making more meals 🙂

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