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Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  202
  • Protein  27 g
  • Carbohydrates  3 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  36 mg
  • Sodium  188 mg
  • Potassium  318 mg
  • Phosphorus  183 mg
  • Calcium  20 mg
  • Fiber  0.8 g

Matilde’s Tuna Salad

Matilde, a DaVita dietitian from Texas, understands food represents comfort and adopting a healthy diet can be difficult for her patients. That’s why one of Matilde’s many talents is sharing family favorite recipes that are tasty and kidney-friendly. Matilde’s Tuna Salad is savory, rich in protein and easy to prepare.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Matilde from Texas.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 1/4 of the bowl of tuna (approximately 3/4 cup)


  • 15 ounces canned unsalted tuna, packed in water
  • 1/2 large apple
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Drain tuna and finely chop apple, celery and onion.
  2. Mix tuna, apple, celery, onion, mayonnaise, black pepper and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Serve on top of bed of lettuce, with unsalted crackers or make a sandwich.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 4 meat
  • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Adjust portion if you are on a lower protein diet. Ask your dietitian to recommend the correct portion for your individual needs.
  • The juices from the fruit and vegetables will maintain moisture in the tuna salad.
  • If you’d like to munch something crunchy, try Matilde’s Tuna Salad with celery sticks or lightly steamed green beans.
  • Sodium is 121 mg per serving if salt is omitted.

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Matilde’s Tuna Salad



I like this, I do change mine around. No salt, salt-free in water tuna. I add salt-free stone ground mustard from the health food store [2 tablespoons]. Sometimes I add Vlastic dill relish and always use Kraft real mayo. ENJOY!

Sep. 22, 2009, 6:09 PM - Inappropriate review?

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