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Simple Tuna Salad

This is a quick tuna salad recipe packed with protein that you can toss together at the campsite or in a tiny kitchen. It will give you plenty of energy for a hike or climb later in the day.

The recipe uses simple ingredients that you can find in any large grocery chain. To make this salad, there is no cook top and no refrigerator required. That means you can store the fixings in your camper or cooler for as long as a head of lettuce will last.

easy camping tuna salad recipe

Gather The Tuna Salad Recipe Ingredients

The Dressing

Olive oil adds a fresh, Mediterranean flavor to the salad. It’s a monounsaturated fat that gives off a fruity-bitter taste. 

Garlic produces a flavor kick that really adds to the dish. For the best taste, chop up a fresh garlic clove then use the back of your knife to mash it into a paste.

Lemon juice contrasts the strong, spicy flavors of the garlic. The lemon flavor really shines through in this salad. While a fresh lemon will taste best, you can easily get by with a small bottle of juice as well.

Dijon mustard is a long-lasting condiment which is why we like to keep it around to use for all kinds of camping recipes. Mustard might not be a common ingredient that you would think to put into a salad, but it shines alongside tuna.

Salt and Pepper should be used to season the dressing to your taste buds. We prefer a spicy salad so we go heavy on the pepper, but others might desire a more mild dish.

Mix it up!

Using a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients together. Taste the flavors occasionally and add salt or pepper at the end to fit your preference.

The dressing should be mixed into a smooth, creamy consistency.

quick camping tuna salad recipe

The Salad and Toppings

Lettuce is the staple of any summer salad. We like to use a simple head of lettuce because it’s easy to store and break up depending on how many people will be eating.

Cucumber is both hydrating and high in antioxidants. It adds a fresh bite of flavor during a hot day.

Tomatoes are one of our favorite parts of any salad. Not only do they taste great, but they have a ton of  health benefits including high vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.

Tuna is the star of this salad. For starters, it makes a fantastic backpacking ingredient because it is sold in packets or cans that are easy to carry and don’t need to be kept cold. Secondly, tuna has high protein and very low fat. It contains all of the essential amino acids; and it’s high in Omega-3s.

That makes it a camping super food! A little bit of tuna will give you a lot of energy and fill you up quickly.

Croutons add an essential crunch. These crispy, breaded squares are perhaps the most noticeable part of the meal. 

quick and easy tuna salad recipe

Why do we prefer salads?

When you’re living in a camper or tiny home, pulling out a cook top and lots of ingredients turns into a major hassle. Salads have quickly become one of our go-to meals. The ingredients are easy to store and can be found at any grocery chain. We hope this recipe will help you expand your taste buds and give you energy for the adventure ahead.

simple tuna salad recipe

quick and easy tuna salad recipe

Simple Tuna Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This is a protein-packed meal that can be tossed right at the campsite. No refrigerator or cook top required! The recipe uses basic ingredients that can be found at any grocery chain.


  • 1 cup croutons
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 head of lettuce, torn
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cans tuna in oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Mix the mashed garlic with lemon juice, mustard, and oil to
    create a smooth dressing. Season to taste.
  2. Toss dressing with salad ingredients.
  3. Top with a tuna to serve.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 22.2gSaturated Fat: 3.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 13.7gFiber: 2.2gSugar: 4gProtein: 26.2g

This data was provided and calculated by VeryWellFit

Kate Moore

Kate is the lead content creator for and has spent over two years living in a camper van conversion. She has traveled through 48 US states and writes about van life, camping and RV living.

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Hello! We are Kate, Ian and Harper. We spent over two years living in a DIY camper van and visiting 48 US states. Along the way, we've met with other van lifers, checked out their rigs, and learned a lot about adventure travel. We hope this site can help you plan your next road trip.

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