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Balsamic Tuna Salad Apple Boats Recipe

Looking for a vibrant twist to the traditional “tuna salad?” Look no further with ‘Balsamic Tuna Salad Apple Boats!’ The unique flavor from balsamic vinegar elevates this tuna salad and pairs perfectly with the sweet apple. Chopped walnuts give it some extra crunch, flavor and nutritional benefits too!

Balsamic Tuna Salad Apple Boats


2 Apple Boats

Prep Time:

5-10 mins

Cook Time:

0 mins

Balsamic Tuna Salad Apple Boats


  • 1 Large Apple
  • 1 Can Safe Catch Elite Tuna
  • 1 Tbsp Mayo
  • 2-3 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard or Regular Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Red Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • 1-2 Tbsp Chopped Walnuts
  • Optional: pea shoots or micro greens for garnishing

Tools you'll need

Apple Corer
Measuring Spoons
Cutting Board


  • Begin this recipe by cleaning your apple and use an apple corer or very sharp knife to remove the core.
  • Slice the apple in half and set aside.
  • Open your Safe Catch Elite Tuna and flake it in the can to reabsorb those natural juices and nutrients, then add a bowl.
  • Add mayo, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar and mix together evenly.
  • Next, add the minced red onions, parsley, and chopped walnuts and combine well, creating the perfect balsamic tuna salad.
  • Divide your balsamic tuna salad evenly into each apple half by scooping a portion onto each apple.
  • Top with chopped walnuts, any garnishes, and enjoy!


These boats are kid friendly too! Instead of coring the apple and slicing it down the middle, core the apple and slice horizontally making small, round “plates” for the balsamic tuna salad to sit upon.


This recipe is such a fan favorite at our house, it’s great for a picnic, a light snack, or doubling the recipe and adding a side for perfect lunch.