Low Fat Lunch Recipes: Chicken Salad and Tuna Salad

Looking for healthy make-ahead lunches that you can easily take to work and enjoy without blowing your diet? Try one of these delicious and healthy low fat recipes for meaty main dish salads that you're sure to love.

Low Fat Tuna Salad Recipe


  • 2 cans of solid white tuna fish (6 ounces each)
  • 1 large apple (any type is fine, I use Granny Smith)
  • 1 rib of celery
  • 1/2 cup seedless grapes
  • 1/2 cup sliced or slivered toasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


Place the mayonnaise, plain nonfat yogurt, and lemon juice into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Wash the fruit and vegetables. Dice the apple and slice the celery. Drain the tuna fish. Add the tuna fish, apples, grapes, and celery to the mayonnaise, yogurt, and lemon juice mixture. Toss gently to combine. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Low Fat Chicken Salad Recipe


  • 2 cans of all white meat chicken (6 ounces each)
  • 1 rib of celery
  • 1 large apple (any type is fine, I usually use Granny Smith apples)
  • 1/2 cup seedless white grapes
  • 1/2 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt


Combine the mayonnaise and yogurt in a mixing bowl, stirring well to combine. Drain the chicken, and place it in the bowl. Chop the celery and the apple and place in bowl. Add the grapes and walnuts, then stir gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serving suggestion for both recipes:

You can enjoy both of these delicious recipes directly from the container. You may also want to make a healthy sandwich by using either of these delicious low fat recipes as a filling for pita bread, or spread between slices of whole grain bread. They also work great as toppings for whole grain crackers. You can also enjoy a delicious main dish salad by serving these recipes over your favorite type of lettuce or spring mix salad greens.


Depending on your flavor preferences, you can add in additional veggies and fruits to vary the recipes. Try stirring in olives, whole kernel corn, chickpeas, raisins, cherry tomatoes, and other tasty add-ins that you might enjoy.

Caution: Remember that it's important to properly refrigerate any foods prepared with mayonnaise. If you take these salads to work with you, make sure that you transport them in a properly chilled container, and store them in the refrigerator at your office until it's time to eat.

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Comments 4 comments

ansun 7 years ago

how many calories per serving are these recipes?

lin0808 6 years ago

how much is a serving and what ww points.

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I love the idea of adding yogurt to tuna and chicken salad!

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Valene 3 years ago from Missouri

Mmmm, I LOVE chicken salad, especially on a croissant! I may have to make this.

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