Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Last Updated on December 6, 2022 by Kayla Berman

Tuna Lettuce Wraps are the perfect easy and healthy weekday lunch recipe! Made with butter lettuce, albacore tuna, mayonnaise, whole grain mustard, red onion, and celery … this simple recipe is flavorful, crunchy, nutritious, and delicious. This no-cook meal is high protein, low carb, and great for meal prep too!

plate of tuna salad lettuce wraps

Easy, Healthy, & Delicious Lunch Recipe

Breakfast and dinner have always taken precedent over lunch in my life. I just find the middle-of-the-day meal to be a little hard to figure out!

I need something quick, easy, healthy, and delicious all in one. Something I can whip together during a busy workday, so that I don’t end up snacking my way through the day!

Let me tell you guys – Tuna Lettuce Wraps are it! The perfect lunch. The lunch that may finally stand up to breakfast and dinner.

This recipe is protein packed, low carb, and made with fresh ingredients! It comes together in about 15 minutes (or less!) and has all the right nutrients for a satisfying meal.

Plus you can totally customize this simple recipe to meet your needs! You have got to try it out.

For more salad recipes, check out my dill pickle egg salad or rotisserie chicken salad.

tuna salad in boston lettuce cups on a plate

Ingredients

This easy lunch recipe is made with only a few simple, healthy, and wholesome ingredients!

They make for a low carb, high protein, and delicious meal.

Ingredient Notes

  • Lettuce: You of course need lettuce for tuna salad lettuce wraps! I think butter lettuce or Bibb lettuce is the best choice. 1 package should be more than enough.
  • Tuna: For this recipe you will need 2 5 oz cans of tuna. Any type of canned tuna should work, but I like albacore tuna.
  • Mayo: The base of the tuna salad recipe is good old, classic mayonnaise. I think it adds the best flavor and gives such a creamy, delicious texture! 1/3 cup is perfect.
  • Red Onion & Celery: Red onion and celery are key ingredients in this salad. They add an oomph of flavor and crunch! 2 tbsp of each is all you need.
  • Whole Grain Mustard: A little bit of whole grain mustard goes a long way here. Add 1 tsp!
  • Fresh Parsley: 1 tsp of fresh parsley makes this tuna salad extra bright, light, and delicious.
  • Salt & Pepper: Lastly, add salt and pepper to taste.

Substitutions & Additions

These lettuce wraps are pretty customizable! You can make a bunch of substitution and additions in order to meet your personal tastes, preferences, or needs.

Mayo: I love using mayo in tuna, chicken, and egg salads! But if mayo is not your thing, or if you are looking for a lighter option, you could replace it with greek yogurt. Doing half yogurt and half mayo is also a great idea!

Lettuce: The best lettuce for lettuce wraps in my opinion is butter lettuce. However, you could swap in romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce if needed.

Mix-Ins: I kept this tuna salad recipe pretty basic and simple, but there are endless additional ingredients you could mix in! Perhaps olive oil, diced bell peppers, shredded carrot, pickle, green onion, capers, sun dried tomatoes, or more fresh herbs.

tuna salad wraps ingredients

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How To Make This Recipe

These tuna lettuce cups are an extremely easy recipe!

All you need is 20 minutes from start to finish … just mix up the ingredients, add to the lettuce, and enjoy. It is perfect for a quick and healthy lunch.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: First drain the tuna cans and add the tuna to a large bowl.  Smash with a fork a bit to break up any large chunks.

tuna fish, mayo, red onion, celery, fresh parsley, and whole grain mustard in a bowl

Step 2: Then add the mayo, celery, red onion, whole grain mustard, and fresh parsley to the tuna.  Combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

tuna salad in a bowl

Step 3: Add 1-2 large scoops of the tuna mixture to the center of the butter lettuce leaves.  This can make a different amount of wraps depending on how much tuna you add to each cup!

Step 4: Add extra fresh parsley, salt, and black pepper on top of the tuna wraps.  Enjoy!

tunal salad in a lettuce cup

Expert Tips

Chop the red onion and celery very finely! It is much better to disperse them throughout the salad, rather than get a big bite of onion.

Rinse and soak the chopped red onion in water for a few minutes. This helps get rid of the strong, sometimes unpleasant onion flavor.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add as much or as little of the seasonings as you’d like!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best lettuce for wraps?

I think the best lettuce for wraps is butter lettuce, also known as Bibb lettuce. You can buy it packaged in most grocery stores.

The leaves are flexible, deep, and perfectly shaped to wrap around any filling.

Are tuna lettuce cups healthy?

I am not a dietician or nutritionist, but yes in my opinion these lettuce cups are healthy.

They are protein packed, full of fresh vegetables and herbs, and have low calories. They are also great for a low-carb diet!

Can I make this recipe into a sandwich?

Absolutely! The base tuna salad recipe here can be enjoyed in so many different ways.

You could make it into a traditional tuna sandwich, tuna melt, wrap, or salad. You could also enjoy this recipe with crackers. The options are truly endless .. and all delicious!

How to store this recipe?

This recipe is very easy to store, which makes it great for meal prep.

Simple make the tuna salad and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for about 5 days – 1 week!

Then assemble the wraps when you want to eat them. It will only take a few minutes! You could also wash and prep your lettuce ahead of time too to save time.

low carb tuna salad wraps

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Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Tuna Lettuce Wraps are the perfect easy and healthy weekday lunch recipe! Made with butter lettuce, albacore tuna, mayonnaise, whole grain mustard, red onion, and celery … this simple recipe is flavorful, crunchy, nutritious, and delicious. This no-cook meal is high protein, low carb, and great for meal prep too!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: No-Cook

Ingredients

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  • Butter lettuce, or Bibb lettuce
  • 10 oz canned albacore tuna (2 5oz cans)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp finely diced celery
  • 2 tbsp finely diced red onion, rinsed in cold water (see Expert Tips section)
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. First drain the tuna cans and add the tuna to a large bowl.  Smash with a fork a bit to break up any large chunks.
  2. Then add the mayo, celery, red onion, whole grain mustard, and fresh parsley to the tuna.  Combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add 1-2 large scoops of the tuna salad mixture to the center of the butter lettuce leaves.  This can make a different amount of wraps depending on how much tuna you add to each cup!
  4. Add extra fresh parsley, salt, and pepper on top of the tuna wraps.  Enjoy!

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