Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad Recipe

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Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad – Combined with delicious basil pesto and flavorful sun dried tomatoes, this tuna salad is about to become your next favorite salad recipe that is perfect for any summer barbeque or just for lunch!

Close-up of Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad in pitas with lettuce

Snack time!! No, wait. I mean picnic time. No. I mean all-the-time.

Maybe I need to add a couple more things to that title and have it read, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad Pita Pockets 

Still too long.

Overhead view of Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad in pita bread with lettuce

Oh hi! I’m just adding a touch of lunch-picnic-bbq inspiration by stuffing it all in a pita pocket. It was also the only way to stop myself from spooning the whole bowl of tuna salad straight into my trap. 

Also, happy-about-to-be-the-weekend! 

The good news is that I made us a big bowl of goodness! Better news? There’s like, 5-ish ingredients, and it comes together in like, minutes.

Overhead view of Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad in a bowl

This tuna salad is actually from my local grocery store! Well, not like FROM the store. Not like I bought it from there and threw it in a bowl, snapped a pic and bam. No no. Not like that. But. The idea came from the grocery store. Get it? Okay good.

They make a killer tuna salad with pesto and sun dried tomatoes, but then they also add a whole lot of other things to it, like mayo + the croissants… yah, so good. Calories-overload, but STILL. It’s so damn good!!

Overhead view of ingredients for Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad in a bowl

Anyhew. When my besties from STAR Fine Foods sent me these jars of Cara Mia Sun Dried Tomatoes, it didn’t take much for me to get on that salad and make it for us.

A jar of Cara Mia Sun Dried Tomatoes

Made with fresh ripe tomatoes dried under the sun, these sun dried tomatoes are julienne cut and packed with sunflower oil, olive oil and special herbs. And once combined with basil pesto, albacore tuna, and creamy yogurt? They make the most incredibly tasty tuna salad. 

Overhead view of a spoon in a jar of Sun Dried Tomatoes

This salad is great to make in bulk for lunches throughout the week, or for your next get together, and even as a quick dinner. In other words, it’s a salad with super powers.

Overhead view of Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad in a bowl with lettuce and a utensil

I love using albacore tuna because it has a mild flavor, is always available in practically every grocery store, and it’s budget-friendly. I also like to make my own basil pesto, but I realize that sometimes OUR super powers need to be used elsewhere, thus I reached for the little jar at the store and all was still well with the world. 

Close-up of Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad in pita bread with lettuce

Look at that. Stress free lunch/appetizer/dinner ready in 10 minutes. Stuff it in pita pockets and you get a hearty, perfectly Mediterranean tuna sandwich.


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Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad Recipe

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WW Freestyle: 4
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salads/Side Dishes
Servings: 4
Calories: 129


  • 2 cans (5-ounces each) albacore tuna in water, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/3 cup Cara Mia Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • whole wheat pita pockets , optional


  • Combine the tuna, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes in a salad bowl; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Stir in yogurt until well combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • *Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


*Serve it as an appetizer, or you can stuff it inside pita pockets for a delicious lunch, or a quick dinner.
Nutrition Facts
Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Tuna Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 230mg10%
Potassium 419mg12%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 435IU9%
Vitamin C 6.9mg8%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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11 Responses
  1. Debbie

    This looks great and can’t wait to try! A couple questions – I assume the nutrition info does not include the pita pockets? And also, it says 3g of protein, but it’s got to be higher than that (I calculate 16.5g per person for the tuna)?

  2. Nina

    Just made it this afternoon and smells delish! I’m going to let it chill for a bit before I enjoy. Question: I may have overlooked, but what is the serving size? 🙂

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Nina! No, you didn’t miss it. I have been trying to use a new recipe card on my website, but for some reason it erases the serving sizes and some of the other nutritional info. So sorry about that! I have updated the recipe with the old card and this Tuna Salad serves 4. Hope you will enjoy it!! 🙂

  3. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    WOW WOW WOW WOW! I LOVE tuna salad, but always make it the plain and boring way! Definitely trying this version soon!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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