Pretty Plated Tuna Salad

This Pretty Plated Tuna Salad is a fun reminder that the simplest foods can provide a feast for all the senses. Serve this elegant tuna salad platter for a brunch, luncheon, shower, or just because.

* This post is in partnership with Genova® Seafood ~ Genova is my pick for great canned tuna, and I thank you for supporting both of us as we work to bring you delicious food.

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My longstanding relationship with Genova seafood has really opened my eyes to the endless potential in a humble can of tuna. When I popped open my can of Wild Caught Albacore I wasn’t quite sure where I was going with this salad, but I knew I wanted to channel a bit of springtime. The plain white plate was my canvas, I chose a limited palette of ingredients, and the result was this light and airy wreath-like salad that reminds me of a spring meadow. All that from a can of tuna!

Pretty plated tuna salad with blood orange dressing

I love to use Genova Albacore tuna because the fillets are chunky and meaty but not dry, like some tuna can be. Each fillet is hand selected and packed in pure olive oil which keeps it moist ~ I just carefully lift out the chunks of fish and place them along one side of my plate. The fillet is so big I have to gently nudge it apart with my fork. If your recipe calls for it, you can definitely use the oil right from the can, it’s full of flavor.

Pretty plated tuna salad on a wooden table

The fun part about a tuna salad plate like this is that there are lots of directions you can go with it, so feel free to take the idea and make it your own. I wanted to keep the presentation simple for this Scandinavian inspired version, so I used:

But there are so many other ingredients you could choose to go with the tuna. How about:

  • shaved carrots or baby beets
  • shaved fennel
  • shaved or thinly sliced red onion
  • shaved radishes
  • fresh dill

Blood orange dressing for tuna salad

For some fun and a little bit of zingy flavor I made a simple blood orange vinegar to drizzle on top, along with some extra virgin olive oil. It adds a pretty touch of pink to the salad, too. And there you have it, a pretty salad that’s low in calories, high in protein, and a joy to assemble and eat. Wish all food could be this perfect!

a tuna salad on a white plate

Arranging a ‘mindful’ salad like this is very soothing. It’s deliberate, but not fussy. Each ingredient is hand placed in anticipation of a vibrant, healthy, and delicious bite.

A pretty plated tuna salad on a white platter

If you stock a few cans of Genova tuna in your cupboard you can make a mindful salad like this any day of the week.

TIP: Assemble this salad shortly before serving. You can prep the ingredients ahead of time and keep them under a damp cloth in the refrigerator.

cans of Genova Tuna

And don’t worry if you don’t feel up to the fancy plating, this tuna salad fares just as well in a bowl, too!

a small bowl of tuna salad

And, if you decide to skip the salad altogether and just pop open a can of tuna, I won’t judge.

Tasting tuna from a can

I try to be mindful of where my food comes from and how it’s handled. The only thing Genova does is tuna, and they do it best. All Genova products are traceable from ocean to plate. Check the bottom of your can for your unique code to try out this fun app!

5 from 6 votes

Pretty Plated Tuna Salad

This Pretty Plated Tuna Salad is a fun reminder that the simplest foods can provide a feast for all the senses.  Serve this elegant tuna salad platter for a brunch, luncheon, shower, or just because.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 5 ounce can Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil
  • 1 small Persian cucumber do not peel
  • 2 button mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup enoki mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup edamame beans thawed
  • several sprigs fresh dill
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

blood orange vinegar

  • juice of 1 blood orange
  • equal amount champagne or white wine vinegar


  • Use a mandoline slicer to slice the cucumber lengthwise into 1/8 inch slices. They should be translucent and pliable enough to roll.
  • Trim the ends from the mushrooms and slice them paper thin on the mandoline.
  • Arrange the cucumber slices on your platter in a half moon configuration. You can roll them, or lay them out like ribbons. I did both.
  • Add chunks of the tuna in and among the cucumber.
  • Arrange the mushrooms, the carrot tops, and edamame in a pleasing pattern.
  • Garnish with the edible flowers, a shower of salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and some of the blood orange vinegar.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • You could use salmon in place of the tuna. Seared scallops or even sushi grade raw tuna would work.
  • For a brunch or luncheon, arrange a full circle around a large platter.
  • For a romantic supper, arrange the ingredients into a heart shape.


Don’t forget to pin this pretty Plated Tuna Salad!

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  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Leave it to you to make tuna salad into a work of art Sue! Beautiful AND delicious!

    • Reply
      February 12, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      🙂 thanks Mary Ann!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 11, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Absolutely beautiful!! We need to eat with our eyes first I always say 🙂 Beautiful way to enjoy tuna.

  • Reply
    classic casual home
    February 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

    This is so lovely…I am definitely going to try this! And the tuna.
    Mary Ann

    • Reply
      February 10, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Thanks Mary Ann!

  • Reply
    February 10, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Looks good, but what happened to the other part of the plate? Did you eat the other half of that salad? Haha! Never h are onthis tuna in Canada, but I guess any tuna would do the trick. Is this one packed in oil or water, Sue?

  • Reply
    February 10, 2018 at 4:24 am

    If you asked me to name 10 foods that could look pretty…tuna typically wouldn’t be on that list. It probably wouldn’t be on a top 50, even! Not that I don’t like it, but it’s not necessarily a “beautiful” food. But sheesh, you’ve done it here! It’s really quite lovely.

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