Tuna Salad with Harissa-Tahini Sauce

Simple tuna salad with harissa tahini sauce as the dressing – very easy to prepare and such a filling meal

My colleague and I had a short talk:

Colleague: Juju, what did you have for breakfast?

Me: I had canned tuna and boiled egg. 

Colleague: What? Canned tuna? Isn’t very heavy on your tummy?

Me: It was just one can of tuna. It’s not heavy on my tummy *while holding my tummy feeling very full*

Colleague: I admire you – you can eat one can of tuna early. 

Me: I can eat anything anytime of the day. 

After that talk, I thought that maybe it was heavy… or was it just a filling meal? Or is the feeling the same?

Ramadan has already started and with the low energy I am having during this month, I need to prepare meals that are quick and easy, but very filling like this tuna salad.

This tuna salad has few ingredients that you may already have on hand. I was feeling a little creative, so I thought of having harissa tahini sauce as the ‘dressing’. I am very much happy that it turned out really nice. This salad has the mixture of tuna in water, onion, tomato, jalapeño, salt, pepper then harissa tahini sauce. They can be enjoyed like that or your can add lettuce or any other veggies you’d love. You can also add pickled jalapeños or other pickled veggies. Pickle relish works well, too.

I am bringing this delicious salad at the amazing Fiesta Friday party, hosted by Angie. Our co-hosts for this week are Lindy and Paula.

Tuna Salad with Harissa-Tahini Sauce



  • 2 canned tuna in water, drained
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp jalapenos, seeds removed and chopped
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • chopped pickled veggies (optional)
  • Harissa-tahini sauce (recipe below, optional)
  • Lettuce, to serve (or you can pick any salad veggies you like


  1. In a bowl, mix drained tuna, chopped onions, tomatoes and jalapenos. Add salt and pepper according to your taste.
  2. Serve with harissa-tahini sauce and leaves/veggies of your choice.
For the harissa-tahini sauce:
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3-4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Warm water
  • 1 tsp harrisa paste
  • Salt, to taste
  1.  In a bowl, place tahini sauce. Start off by adding 3 tbsp lemon juice. Add water until desired consistency. Add in harissa paste (you can reduce the quantity or add more). Add salt. Do a taste test and adjust according to your preference. I love mine lemony, a little salty and not too thick and runny… and with a bit of kick from the harissa.

Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy! 

Happy Fiesta Friday and Ramadan Mubarak to all observing the holy month. 


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32 thoughts on “Tuna Salad with Harissa-Tahini Sauce

  1. A canned tuna and a hard boiled egg for breakfast isn’t heavy. Would you believe my husband and I share 2 canned tunas with 6 eggs for breakfast yesterday?! Haha! Thank you for the recipe! Will try having tuna salad for breakfast next time. :p

  2. Hey Jhuls, I love easy recipes and always have canned tuna on hand so this is an interesting recipe. I’m not familiar with the dressing, but am looking forward to trying it! Thanks for joining Fiesta Friday, as always 🙂

    1. Same here – I alwyas have canned tuna. Really helps when you are in a hurry. I am glad you like this salad. Thanks for co-hosting!💜

  3. Hmmmm, I wonder? My son loves to chomp on.a bowl of tuna and mayonnaise, he also loves to sit with a jar of pickles and a cocktail stick! I’m going to give this a go and see if I can increase his food repertoire!

  4. Happy Ramadan Jhuls! As this Ramadan falls in summer we need healthier and lighter recipes. Thanks for sharing this delicious salad.

    1. I agree, I am avoiding deep fried foods now and eating healthier than before. Since I started doing Whole30, it is not difficult for me to adjust. Thanks and Ramadan Kareem to you as well, Ana. x

  5. Tuna is protein and protein helps keep us full longer! And I love this recipe as another way to prepare it! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

    1. That’s what I thought so. I noticed that I don’t get hungry hours after the meal. Thanks for stopping by, Helen. I hope you have a fantastic week!

    1. Thank you, Julia. I make sure to always get harissa whenever I do my grocery. I hope you’ll like it. Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely week!

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