Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  295
  • Protein  19 g
  • Carbohydrates  3 g
  • Fat  23 g
  • Cholesterol  48 mg
  • Sodium  214 mg
  • Potassium  160 mg
  • Phosphorus  126 mg
  • Calcium  19 mg
  • Fiber  1.2 g

Southwest Tuna Salad

Southwestern cooking from the Arizona region has its own vibrant personality, based on Spanish and Mexican influences. Elaine from Arizona put her culinary skills to work and created the kidney-friendly Southwest Tuna Salad with a jalapeño kick.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Elaine from Arizona.

Portions: 2     Serving size: 3/4 cup


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 fresh jalapeño peppers
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 5 ounces canned low sodium, water-packed tuna


  1. Seed and finely chop jalapeño peppers. Seed and chop cucumber; chop green onions and cilantro.
  2. In medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, jalapeño pepper and lime juice.
  3. Stir in drained tuna. Mix well.
  4. Add cucumber and green onions. Chill until ready to eat.
  5. Serve a scoop of Southwest Tuna Salad on lettuce or on a bagel or bread of choice. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 meat
  • 1 vegetable, low potassium
  • 2 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Make ahead and chill so flavors blend. You can substitute chicken for tuna, it’s just as yummy.
  • Analysis includes regular mayonnaise. If regular reduced-fat is used fat equals 14 grams per serving but sodium increases to 293 mg.

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Southwest Tuna Salad

carolinadesigner says:


My parents loved this salad. Because there were three of us I doubled the tuna and the mayo and added 1 cup of celery, bringing the potassium level up to 240 per cup. But it was delicious!

Jun. 16, 2011, 11:16 AM - Inappropriate review?

Southwest Tuna Salad

a fuentez says:


we used to add a little cilantro for extra flavor

Jun. 03, 2010, 3:15 PM - Inappropriate review?

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