French Tuna Salad with Tomatoes & Herbs
A French-inspired light and refreshing tuna salad with a gourmet touch. Use high quality tuna, olive oil, and tomatoes for best flavor. Either garden-fresh tomatoes or "melted" cherry tomatoes work beautifully--each gives a different, equally delicious flavor profile. Serve the tuna salad as a main course, or stuff lettuce cups with it, or pile it atop sourdough toast. You can't go wrong!
Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
  • 13-14 ounces canned or jarred tuna, preferably packed in olive oil (I used Tonnino)
  • 6 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs - any combination of basil, dill, and/or parsley
  • ¼ cup minced shallot or purple onion
  • ½ cup seeded and diced heirloom tomatoes OR "melted" tomatoes (see this method)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons quality extra virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle (I used Trader Joe's California Estate)
  • ½ large lemon, juice added to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Drain the tuna and place in a medium bowl. Add the chopped herbs, minced shallot, 3 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix gently with a fork, breaking up the tuna.
  2. If using fresh tomatoes, carefully fold them in. If using melted tomatoes, break them up with a fork a bit before stirring in--they make a delicious sauce as they burst.
  3. If the mixture is dry, add another tablespoon of olive oil. You may need even more if your tuna was water-packed.
  4. Add lemon juice to taste. Adjust salt, pepper, and herbs to taste.
  5. Serve with an extra drizzle of olive oil on top.
Recipe by The Nourishing Gourmet at