Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad

OK, quick question: when you hear the phrase “tuna salad,” how does it make you feel?

Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad in a small white bowl, with a sandwich in the background

Not very excited, right? Because you’re probably picturing what passes for tuna salad in the average cafeteria: just some cheap tuna and mayonnaise stirred together into a damp, beige glob and smushed between two pieces of bread.

ingredients for cottage cheese tuna salad in bowl on the table

Protein Packed Salad

Well, I want you to take that idea and toss it out the window. (In fact, if you happen to have a bowl of it in front of you, feel free to literally toss it out the window.)

Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad served as a sandwich on a white plate

I’m going to introduce you to an exciting tuna salad. A tuna salad made with delicate, flaky albacore tuna, not mushy “light” tuna. With light, lean cottage cheese in place of mayo. Sprinkled throughout with fragments of zesty red onion, crunchy celery, dill pickles, and salty capers. Delicately seasoned with salt and pepper, garlic and dill. And served on a real, thick, hearty, crusty bread.

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A sandwich made with this Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad is definitely not the kind of lunch you wolf down at your desk, not bothering to taste it. It’s a work of art, meant to be savored. Take your time, and give it the attention it deserves.

How to Make Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad

  1. Mix all ingredients together (except bread).ngredients for cottage cheese tuna salad in white mixing bowl on the table
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 mins.Cottage cheese tuna salad in a white bowl with a mixing spoon
  3. Serve on your favorite bread.Cottage Cheese tuna salad served as a sandwich.
5 from 29 votes

Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad

Not only is a sandwich made with this protein packed Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad recipe super creamy, it will keep you full all day long.
Prep Time 10 minutes
refrigerated 30 minutes


  • 3 – 5 oz cans albacore tuna, drained well
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons capers chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced dill pickles
  • juice from 1/2 lemon about 1 TB
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices of large thick crusty bread


  • Mix all ingredients together (except bread)
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 mins
  • Serve on your favorite bread


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1892mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. The sodium content per one serving is almost the total Recommended Daily Allowance for an entire day, and the portion is very small. Also, waaay too many calories for a tiny serving.

    1. Angelina, you can use a lower salt content cottage cheese and tuna for this recipe. You could also reduce the amount of capers used.. those have a high sodium content. As far as the serving size…. you are using 3, 5oz cans of tuna plus all the other ingredients…so it’s about the size of a whole can of tuna per serving. Lots of the calories are also coming from the type of bread I used. Feel free to use a low carb wrap, lettuce wrap or skip the bread all together. I hope that helps 🙂

  2. Kelly J Grannan says:

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe! Love the twist of using cottage cheese instead of light mayo or yogurt. I’m a fan of greek yogurt, but in place of mayo in tuna or chicken salad, it just seems to ruin it for me. This was the perfect balance of crunchy, sweet, sour, salty. Will definitely make again!

    1. So happy you loved it Kelly!

  3. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe so much. It was so surprising because I am not a big fan of either tuna or cottage cheese, but the way Corey combined them and added seasoning–wow! And it’s protein packed. I will put it in my lunch rotation!

    1. I am so happy you loved the recipe Merry! Yes, I love how that protein keeps me full all day 🙂

  4. I am so surprised in the best way! I have been looking for some recipes to diversify my lunch, and this one definitely makes the list. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of tuna generally, but this was super delicious on some toasted sourdough!!

  5. Very delicious, will make it again😀

    1. What is 3 5 oz? Is this 3.5oz? Or 3 to 5 oz?

    2. 3, 5 oz cans