Valley Fig Growers

California Fig-Basil Tuna Salad

For a fresh take on tuna salad, we added figs and basil. Lemon juice and Dijon mustard provided brightness and complexity.
This recipe works equally well with dark purple Mission or Golden Figs. If you can’t find Bibb lettuce, substitute red or green leaf lettuce.
Serves 4


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and chopped fine 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 (5-ounce) cans solid white tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • 2 heads Bibb lettuce (1 pound), leaves torn into bite-size pieces
  • Extra-virgin olive oil  


  1. Combine mayonnaise, figs, basil, shallot, lemon juice, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Stir in tuna until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Evenly distribute lettuce among 4 plates. Drizzle lettuce with oil and season with salt and pepper. Divide tuna salad among 4 plates of lettuce. Serve. 

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

Calories 640
% Calories from Fat 62%
Fat 44g
Cholesterol 62mg
Protein 28g
Carbohydrates 33g
Fiber 7g
Iron 4mg
Sodium 991mg
Calcium 126mg