5-Minute Lunch: Tuna and Cucumber Noodles

I usually serve a classic tuna salad on cucumber slices, but today I discovered I can spiralize cucumbers. That’s how this easy recipe for tuna and cucumber noodles became a thing.

This is the kind of recipe you can whip up in 5 minutes when it’s 2 p.m. and you realize you forgot to eat breakfast and lunch because you were so busy taking care of everyone else. Ummmm, not that I’ve ever done that or anything.

Some unsolicited advice: Place a towel under your spiralizer. Cucumbers are watery and make somewhat of a mess when you spiralize them. I usually just spiralize zucchini and sweet potatoes, so I wasn’t prepared for the giant mess my spiralized cucumbers made. Neither was the fake wood surface on my cheap Walmart table, but let’s not get into that right now.

If you’re new to spiralizing veggies, don’t be intimidated by the process. You can seriously spiralize an entire cucumber in 1 or 2 minutes, and then all you have to do is plop some tuna on there. Easy peasy.

Here’s what spiralized cucumber noodles look like:

cucumber noodles

As you can see, cucumber noodles look similar to the zucchini noodles from this delicious recipe for creamy zoodles.

I love this recipe for cucumber noodles and tuna because it’s easy but also because it’s cheap. I used half a cucumber and half a can of tuna for my lunch. You can buy a cucumber for less than $1 out here, and tuna is also inexpensive. I’ve seen canned tuna as low as $0.79, although I’ll admit I buy the fancy-schmancy $4.29 stuff from Wild Planet. Don’t try Wild Planet if you’re on a budget because you’ll never be able to go back to Bumblebee or the stuff from ALDI again. It’s that good.

And no, I’m not sponsored by Wild Planet at the moment. I just love their products.

Okay, back to this recipe for tuna salad and cucumber noodles.

Once you’ve got your cucumber spiralized, place the noodles in a colander and let them drain while you prepare your tuna.

You can make your tuna salad however you want, but I’ll still tell you how I make mine for this recipe. I mix a can of albacore tuna with olive oil, Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, and a dash of fresh lemon juice. That’s it. Super simple.

When I’m ready to eat my tuna and cucumber noodles, I place half of my spiralized veggie noodles on a plate and cover it with half of the tuna mixture. Done.

You can expect your cucumber noodles and tuna salad to look something like this:

tuna and spiralized cucumber noodles

Let’s get a closer look at this quick, budget-friendly recipe:

tuna and spiralized cucumber noodles

Good stuff. Filling, too.

This is a great starter recipe that you can enhance with veggies, chopped nuts, or other toppings. You could probably swap out the tuna for chicken or turkey. I’ve thought about making this with egg salad instead of tuna, so I’ll let you guys know how that turns out if I try it.

Ready to make your own cucumber noodles and tuna salad?

Here’s my printable, Pinnable recipe for tuna and cucumber noodles:

5-Minute Lunch: Tuna and Cucumber Noodles
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Spiralized cucumber noodles provide a crunchy base for flaked tuna seasoned with Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
5-Minute Lunch: Tuna and Cucumber Noodles
Print Recipe
Spiralized cucumber noodles provide a crunchy base for flaked tuna seasoned with Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Instructions
  1. Combine tuna, olive oil, lemon juice, and 21 Seasoning Salute in a small bowl. Mix gently, making sure to flake the tuna with your fork.
  2. Serve tuna on spiralized cucumber noodles. Enjoy!
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