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mexican tuna salad

Mexican Tuna Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chopped
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Give your tuna salad a makeover with this chopped Mexican tuna salad. It’s made with iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, pico de gallo, avocado, and creamy cilantro dressing. So good and so fresh!



Creamy Cilantro Dressing

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice, about 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper


  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced, about 6 cups
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 (5 oz.) cans tuna, packed in water or oil, drained and flaked
  • 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (2.25 oz.) can sliced back olives, drained
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup pico de gallo, homemade or from the deli
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (see note)


Creamy Cilantro Dressing

  1. In a bowl of a food processor, combine the cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, sour cream, and honey. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pulse until well blended.
  2. While the food processor is running, add olive oil in a slow steady stream.


  1. Add the iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, and green onions to a large salad bowl. Toss with a pair of tongs to combine.
  2. Add tuna, garbanzo beans, olives, avocado, pico de gallo, and cheese. You can either toss to combine or leave layered.  Spoon some of the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.


  • Pico de Gallo: I made a quick version of my homemade pico by simply tossing halved grape tomatoes with red onions, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. You can also pick up pico de gallo from the supermarket deli. Just make sure it’s fresh.
  • Cheese: I’ve made this salad with a variety of different cheeses: Monterey cheese, pepper jack, sharp cheddar, Cotija, and feta. They all taste great. Feel free to add more if cheese is your thing.

Keywords: tuna salad, mexican style tuna salad, mayo free tuna salad