Spicy Tuna Salad with Cucumber Noodles

Spicy Tuna Salad with Cucumber Noodles

I knoooow. Another day, another tuna recipe. Well, not all tuna is created equally. Yesterday, we...

Spicy Tuna Salad with Cucumber Noodles

I knoooow. Another day, another tuna recipe.

Well, not all tuna is created equally. Yesterday, we used canned tuna, today we use fresh, sushi-grade ahi tuna.

Plus, I had extra Greek yogurt leftover from Sunday’s recipe, so here we are.

Spicy Tuna Salad with Cucumber Noodles

Speaking of extra yogurt, I’m trying my best to be mindful of waste. Lately, due to being busier than usual, I’ve found myself rushing through recipes and not being conscious of portions, leftovers, etc.

Thus, I’ve wasted more food than usual.

Instead of throwing away a half used container of Greek yogurt, I’m using it with today’s recipe. *pats self on the head*

Spicy Tuna Salad with Cucumber Noodles

When I first started eating sushi, it was all about the spicy tuna rolls. I loved brown rice spicy tuna rolls – they were my jam.

Of course, in my later years, I realized that spicy tuna rolls were made with mayonnaise, which I’ve never liked – not because it’s high in cholesterol and often contains processed sugars, but because the consistency was just too much for me.

This lightened up version pairs spicy tuna with cucumber noodles and a ginger-lime dressing which is refreshing, light, and tangy to complement the spicier flavors of the tuna.

Spicy Tuna Salad with Cucumber Noodles

Cucumber noodles are really versatile, it’s just crucial to pat them dry completely before using them in a recipe, especially one like this, where there’s a liquidy dressing. Liquidy’s not a word, I know.

This can either be a main salad or a starter salad to your sushi night, especially now that you have hand rolls and a beet rice sushi roll (in the Inspiralized cookbook!)

If you don’t like tuna but still want to use this recipe, you can mash up chickpeas with avocado and the hot sauce (especially if you’re dairy-free!)

Spicy Tuna Salad with Cucumber Noodles

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Nutritional Information & Recipe


Spicy Tuna Salad with Cucumber Noodles

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 large seedless English cucumber Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • For the tuna:
  • 6 ounces sushi grade ahi tuna
  • 2 scallion stalks diced
  • 2.5 tablespoon sriracha sauce or other hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon mashed and finely minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Pat dry the cucumbers thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Cut the tuna into small cubes and mash it with a fork. Set aside in a medium mixing bowl with the scallions.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Whisk together the hot sauce and greek yogurt. Transfer to the bowl with the tuna and toss together until combined.
  • Divide the cucumber noodles into two bowls and drizzle with the dressing, then top with spicy tuna and drizzle again with the dressing.
with love, Ali

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Recipe Rating


  • Soy Ginger!!
  • lemon ginger
  • never thought of cucumber noodles....i bet they are really refreshing and my family loves cukes.
  • The ranch for sure!
  • Love this recipe, and love Tessemae's! The Chesapeake dressing is out of control delicious!
  • Yummy! [Chickpeas aren't paleo, though ;)]
  • I know it's popular these days to have a banner at the top of your web page, but as one who uses a 13" laptop, I hate the way banners cut down on the amount of content that is visible at one time. I wish you had not chosen that option, even though I understand that it can be useful to you. The tuna salad recipe sounds wonderful. I'm not sure I can get sashimi-grade ahi tuna where I live, but I'm definitely keeping the recipe in case I find the tuna.
  • lemon ginger
  • The Southwest Ranch.... i often crave ranch dressing
  • I definitely want to try soy ginger!
  • Soy ginger!!
  • Was this recipe any good with canned tuna? I cannot eat raw fish or sushi as I get violently ill. I would think white tuna or maybe salmon might work.....please post a comment on what you thought of the recipe with canned tuna, Ali. Thanks!
    • We made this with canned tuna and it was delicious. No, it won't taste like an unwrapped sushi roll but the flavors still work together nicely. Theres no reason you shouldn't be able to adjust a recipe to your dietary needs or food availability. I'm not certain why the fat content is so high either. We used no fat yogurt and the canned tuna has minimal fat. Maybe the raw tuna is higher in fat?
  • RANCH- guilty pleasure!
  • Loving the tuna recipes!
  • I'm looking forward to the cracked pepper
  • cracked pepper sounds great!!!!!!!!!!!
  • trying this recipe !!! I'm a sucka for spicy tuna!! gosh I love your site!! thank you !!
  • LOVE your recipes! Thank you!
  • Ranch!
  • Spicy tuna rolls are my favorite. I love how you took that concept and used yogurt to make it healthier. I still don't own a spiralyzer. Gasp. . .I know. . .I know. . .but I had been living in Africa and spiralyzers are non existent. This recipe is making me think I need to get one STAT. I also suddenly have a craving for sushi grade tuna. Is that weird?
  • Hi, your directions say "divide cucumber noodles into 3 bowls" but the servings says 2. Just want to make sure this is really 2 servings -- I want the most I can get!! :)