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Vegan Tuna Salad | Thrive in the Kitchen

A Thrive Recipe by SMH Executive Chef Omar Mattei

This recipe for Vegan Tuna Salad is a great way to add zesty meatless meals into your dinner routine. This tuna salad uses tofu as a base, full of plant-based proten and also 9 amino acids! Amino acids are essential for cell growth and immunity, this delicious meal will support new cell growth and boost immunity for patients undergoing cancer treatment. 

Welcome to Thrive in the Kitchen, our monthly cooking series focused on easy recipes that promote overall health and wellness for people living with cancer.

Vegan Tuna Salad
Yields: 2 servings, 8 ounces each
Total prep and cook time: 20 minutes


  • 14 oz non GMO extra-firm tofu
  • 6 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp mustard (yellow or Dijon)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp sweet pickle juice
  • 2 tsp garlic and onion powder
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes

1. In a large bowl, mash the tofu with a potato masher.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with a fork.
3. Chill for at least an hour prior to serving.

The following are optional additions for herbs, spices, and vegetables: dill, celery seed, tarragon, cayenne pepper, black/white/pink ground pepper, onions, scallions, chives, sweet and/or hot peppers, green or black olives, dill or sweet pickles.  

Serving Suggestions: This Vegan Tuna Salad would taste delicious on toast, with crackers, or with a salad.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 8 ounces
Calories: 248
Fat: 19 grams
Sodium: 494 milligrams
Carbohydrates: 13 grams
Protein: 13 grams

What is “Thrive in the Kitchen

Sarasota Memorial’s Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute works to ensure cancer patients and their loved ones receive the caring support and effective tools they need. Among those tools is Thrive in the Kitchen, a monthly video cooking series spotlighting easy recipes designed to support overall health and wellness for cancer patients. Each recipe is custom created by Sarasota Memorial's executive chef and registered dietician team. The series is part of the Cancer Institute's Thrive Integrated Cancer program, which offers oncology-specific wellness classes, rehabilitation, nutrition, counseling and other services for those living with cancer. For more information on our Thrive program, call 941-917-7827 or visit

Posted: May 20, 2022,
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