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buffalo tuna salad in a small gray bowl drizzled with hot sauce and sprinkled with chives

Buffalo Tuna Salad

  • Author: Agnieszka
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Buffalo Tuna Salad is made with canned tuna, chopped veggies, mayo and hot sauce. It is great on whole grain bread, a bed of lettuce or in a wrap.


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two 5-oz cans of tuna packed in water, drained
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2-3 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank’s Hot Sauce or similar
1 celery rib, diced small
2 tablespoons sweet onion, minced
2 green onions, chopped, divided
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place drained tuna, celery, onion, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons hot sauce, garlic powder, paprika, half of the green onions, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix with a fork until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Taste and add another tablespoon of hot sauce (or more), if desired.
  4. Serve on its own, in a sandwich, on a bed of lettuce or in a lettuce wrap with an optional drizzle of hot sauce and more green onions.


For a creamier salad add more mayo. You can also mix mayo with Greek yogurt or skip mayo and use yogurt for a lighter version.

My favorite tuna brand is wild albacore tuna from Wild Planet.

For a milder, kid-friendly version of Buffalo Tuna Salad, use mild Buffalo sauce by Noble Made.

If you’d like to add more chopped vegetables, you can increase the amount of celery and onion. Chopped carrots, green or red bell peppers and radishes will also work.

Tuna in oil will also work, but make sure to drain it well before adding to the salad.

If you like lots of spice, use as much hot sauce as you want!

For a paleo/ keto / whole30 version, make sure the hot sauce and mayo are compliant.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: lunch, snack
  • Cuisine: American

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