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Tuna Rice Salad

Rice, tuna and vegetables mixed with a zesty lemon and oil dressing. Serves 4-6 as a main or 8-10 as a side dish.
Course Salad
Cuisine Western
Keyword Rice Salad, Tuna Rice, Tuna Rice Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 380kcal


  • Large Saucepan


  • 1½ Cups (300g) White Long Grain Rice (equivalent of 4.5 cups of cooked rice)
  • 2¼ Cups (560ml) Water


  • tbsp Lemon juice ,freshly squeezed
  • ⅓ Cup (80ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ tsp Lemon Zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 Red Capsicum / Bell Pepper ,finely diced
  • ½ Small Red Onion ,finely chopped
  • 1 cup (135g) Frozen Sweetcorn
  • 10 Cherry Tomatoes ,quartered
  • 1 Persian Cucumber (or ½ English Cucumber) ,seeded and diced
  • 10 Olives ,pitted and chopped
  • 3 tbsp Parsley (fresh) ,finely chopped
  • 2 x 145g - 185g (4-6oz) Canned Tuna ,drained *See Note 1


  • Place the rice and water in a large sauce pan over medium high heat.
  • Once the water is bubbling gently, turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 13 minutes (do not stir or remove the lid).
  • With the lid still on, remove the saucepan from the stove and allow to stand for 10 minutes, undisturbed. Fluff with a fork.
  • Add the frozen sweetcorn to the rice to help cool it down quickly. Refrigerate until needed.
  • Place dressing ingredients in a jar and shake. Taste test and adjust to your preference.
  • Place cooled rice, tuna and salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the dressing, toss and serve.



  1. Canned tuna weights vary from country to country. This does not have to be exact. Use two cans roughly 140-185g / 4-6oz each.
  2. Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and dice. No need to peel or seed if using English or Persian cucumbers. For other types of cucumbers, do seed and peel.
Nutritional information is a rough guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator. 


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1054IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg