These low-carb Tuna Lettuce Wraps are a light and flavorful meal that will keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day. Endive leaves add a satisfying crunch to this healthy lunch option.
If you love tuna, you’ll also love our Tuna White Bean Salad.
I spied some cute little heads of Belgian endive in the produce section and I’m so glad I acted on the impulse to buy them.
Endive is surprisingly crunchy and the boat shape of the leaves is just asking to be stuffed. I took them home and quickly decided they should be stuffed with tuna salad and I was shocked at how delicious they were!
These tuna salad lettuce wraps have become one of my favorite low-carb lunch options. A serving of 3 wraps is under 200 calories with 17 grams of protein and just 4 grams of net carbs making them a perfect choice for healthy meal prep.
They’re also a great finger food to put out when serving a group. I like to set them on a platter with fruit and other nibbles for a healthy lunch when we have the whole family here.
- Canned tuna – For the best tasting tuna, look for wild caught solid white albacore tuna in water. It’s a bit pricier than flaked tuna but so worth it. I go back and forth between Wild Planet and Kirkland brands which are both wild caught and available at Costco.
- Belgian endive – Choose heads of endive with less green and more yellow leaves which indicates freshness. If you find red Belgian endive, it’s great too. I like to use both for a little color contrast when making a party platter.
- Mayonnaise – I like olive mayo but your favorite healthy fat mayo will work fine.
- Lemon – Fresh lemon juice is a must in a canned tuna recipe.
- Diced red onion and celery – Add flavor and crunch.
- Dill – Fresh dill is great but dried dill weed works very well too.
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to Make Tuna Lettuce Wraps
- In a small bowl, mash the tuna together with the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Add the red onion, celery, dill, salt, and pepper, to taste.
- Stir until well combined.
- Separate the endive lettuce leaves, rinse them with cool water, and pat them dry. I usually use my salad spinner to make it easy. Spoon the tuna mixture into the endive leaves and serve.
Greek Yogurt: Replace part of all of the mayonnaise with nonfat or full fat plain Greek yogurt for a little additional protein.
Butter Lettuce: If you can’t find Belgian endive, butter lettuce is a great alternative. The leaves are a bit larger so you can add sliced tomato, avocado, cucumber, or pickles and make it a more substantial lettuce wrap.
Storage and Meal Prep Tips
Leftovers: Store leftover tuna in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. A head of endive can last for up to a week when stored in the produce bin of your refrigerator. If the outside leaves begin to brown, just pull them off and discard them. If you have extra endive, chop it and add it to salads for a crunchy bite. It’s delicious!
Meal Prep: I typically double this recipe to make enough for lunches for my husband and I for a couple of days. Stuff as many endive leaves as you’d like and pack them in meal prep containers with almonds, fresh fruit, and yogurt for a super healthy lunch at home or on the go.
Tuna Lettuce Wraps
- 5 ounce can wild albacore tuna in water, drained
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, I use olive oil mayo
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons diced red onion
- 1 tablespoon diced celery
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried dill
- Pinch salt
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 6 leaves endive lettuce, or as many as needed
- In a small bowl, mash the tuna together with the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Add the red onion, celery, dill, salt, and pepper, to taste and stir until well combined.
- Spoon into endive lettuce leaves and serve.
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