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Upgrade Your Lunch With This Energizing + Delicious Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats Recipe

Cucumber gives this satisfying sandwich flavorful crunch and slashes carbs

I love a good salad, but there’s only so much lettuce a person can eat. Some days I crave a hearty sandwich for lunch — one that tastes delicious but won’t leave me feeling stuffed. Tuna salad is one of my go-to’s because it’s tasty, satisfying and protein-rich. But putting it on a roll can feel like carb overload. That was the inspiration for this creative and colorful tuna salad cucumber boats recipe. It has all the flavor and crunch you want from your lunch without being heavy.

We brighten up our tuna salad with pops of fresh dill and some lemon. Even better, it’s super-quick to whip up. In just 10 minutes, this lunch is ready to go — ideal for those days when you’re crazy-busy. This yummy sandwich also has staying power, so it will energize you right through the late afternoon slump. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts below.


2 servings

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  • 2 English cucumbers, halved lengthwise
  • 2 (5 oz.) cans of tuna, drained
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. chopped, fresh dill + more for garnish
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tomato, halved, sliced
  • Lemon wedges



Slice ends off cucumbers. Using small spoon, scoop out ⅔ of flesh and seeds; discard. Pat insides of cucumber halves dry.

In bowl, combine tuna, olive oil, dill and lemon juice. Layer 2 cucumber halves with tomato slices and tuna mixture. Top with remaining cucumber halves; cut in half crosswise. Transfer to serving plates. Garnish with additional dill sprigs and lemon wedges.


  • Calories: 143
  • Protein: 14 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 2 grams
  • Sodium: 216 mg.
  • Cholesterol: 24 mg.
  • Total Fat: 9 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 gram
  • Sugar: 1 gram

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