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Creamy Tuna Spread

In a work-from-home lunch rut? This Creamy Tuna Spread is a luscious mayo-free recipe that can be eaten as an elevated sandwich or healthy snack!

tuna spread in a serving bowl with crackers and vegetables on a plate

I’m a big tuna salad fan. My mom always made it with a sweet relish which probably helped to acclimate my taste to tuna, and now I’m just tuna obsessed. This Creamy Tuna Spread is so versatile, it can be used as a dip or schmeared on a sandwich for an epic lunch. 

I have to say, now that I’ve made my tuna in a food processor, I don’t think I can go back. It gets so luxurious and creamy and is a dream to spread on just about anything.

If you please, get a fresh baguette and slice it in half lengthwise, slather butter on the cut side, and toast until golden. Then, layer this Creamy Tuna Spread on top and finish with some extra dill and maybe a few pickles.

It’s all you need, ever.

So good. You might even think you’re on holiday somewhere instead of gearing up for that 4th Zoom call that could’ve been an email.

Prefer your tuna with a side of mayo? Try my Quick and Easy Tuna Melt!

Creamy Tuna Spread Ingredients and Subs

garlic
lemon juice — fresh is best but if you don’t have it on-hand, you could use 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or a bit of lemon pepper seasoning. 
canned tuna, packed in olive oil — Tuna packed in olive oil has such a wonderful texture and elevated flavor, If you have water-packed tuna in your fridge, that works too! 
shallot — You could sub for a couple of tablespoons of red onion (it has a stronger flavor).
capers — One of my favorite things to have on hand and highly recommend using them for this recipe. When you buy the bottle, you can also use them for my Keto Smoked Salmon Everything Bagel Quiche
dill — I’ve also used fresh flat-leaf parsley which is great as well.
salt
hot sauce — optional but recommended. It doesn’t make it spicy at all but adds a bit of spice and a vinegary bite. 
extra virgin olive oil

How to make 

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until just smooth. Taste, and add additional salt and hot sauce, as needed. Serve spread on a baguette, or as a dip with crackers and crudites.

creamy tuna spread in a serving bowl with crackers and vegetables on a plate

dipping a carrot into the creamy tuna spread

tuna spread in a serving bowl with crackers and vegetables on a plate

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Veggie Panini with Hummus and Pesto

Smoked Turkey Gouda Grilled Cheese

tuna spread in a serving bowl with crackers and vegetables on a plate

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Creamy Tuna Spread

Creamy Tuna Spread

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
In a work from home lunch rut? This Creamy Tuna Spread is a luscious mayo-free recipe that eaten as an elevated sandwich or healthy snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 12 ounces canned tuna, packed in olive oil, drained
  • 1/2 medium shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • a few dashes of hot sauce. to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

    Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until just smooth. Taste, and add additional salt and hot sauce, as needed. Serve spread on a baguette, or as a dip with crackers and crudités.

Notes

See the blog post above.

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