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Cucumber and Tuna-Salad Sushi Rolls

Stay powered up between meals with a poppable high-protein snack.

Cucumber and Tuna Salad Sushi Rolls
Jamie Vespa, R.D.

When you need something filling that won't hurt, this snack can be a go-to: Cucumber has minimal fiber and a high concentration of water, which makes it easy to digest during a UC flare, and tuna gives you a healthy dose of protein that will keep you satisfied. Get the scoop on how we developed our UC Cooking Club recipes!

Serving Size


Prep and Cook Time

Total Time

15 min


  • 1 (3-oz.) pouch wild albacore tuna, drained
  • 2 tsp. mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp. lemon zest, plus 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 English cucumber, halved crosswise

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 202 calories; 8g fat; 1g saturated fat; 41mg cholesterol; 874mg sodium; 7g carbohydrate; 3g fiber; 27g protein; 41g sugar; 64mg calcium; 1mg iron; 438mg potassium


Step 1Combine tuna, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, mustard, salt, and pepper in bowl; mix well.

Step 2Trim ends off cucumber; save for another use. Slice cucumber halves lengthwise into 10 ⅛-inch-thick ribbons using a mandoline or other manual slicer. Lay slices flat on a cutting board. Spoon 2 tsp. of the tuna mixture towards one end of each cucumber ribbon, about 1 inch from the edge. Fold edge of each cucumber ribbon over tuna and continue to roll into sushi-sized bites.

Jamie Vespa, R.D.

Jamie Vespa, R.D.

Jamie is a registered dietitian, nutrition and food journalist, and digital influencer who operates the health-centric food blog and social media accounts, Dishing Out Health. She's the former Assistant Nutrition Editor at Cooking Light magazine. Prior to that, Jamie worked as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist with a focus on counseling organ-transplant recipients at a hospital in Tampa. She completed both her undergraduate dietetics degree and graduate clinical nutrition degree at Florida State University. Jamie lives in Denver.

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