Parisian Rice Salad with Tuna

Rice Salad with tuna

Have you been looking for a tasty healthy salad your kids will love?

This rice salad with tuna is a family favorite and one that my daughters asked me to make for their  back to school lunch.  I realized it had been a really long time since I had made this staple food that just about every French child enjoys on a regular basis. It’s super easy to make and even tastier as left overs the next day.

The traditional rice salad with tuna is made with white rice and we decided to use an organic white basmati rice though I personally favor whole grain brown rice and wild rice.  Choose whichever rice you prefer and have fun with your choice of vegetables. The variations on this salad are truly limitless.

Tuna is a must, and you’ll often find a hard boiled egg in a typical French rice salad as well. My 7 year old is not  particularly fond of eggs so I kept them out but I have included then in the recipe to keep it close to the traditional Parisian Rice Salad.

Most kids love tuna as it is not too fishy. Us moms love that it is also an excellent source of omegas.  Because of the concern with mercury I only use Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna tuna. It goes through rigorous 3rd party testing to insure the lowest mercury levels possible.

Kalamata olives round out the flavor profile of this scrumptious salad.  Make sure to drizzle a generous amount of a delicious olive oil on your salad before tossing it to combine all your flavors.  Salt and pepper to taste and you have a scrumptious salad that makes a fabulous meal that is just as enjoyable at home or on the go.

This salad is beautifully balanced in terms of macros and makes for a wonderful picnic meal. Chill overnight or at least for a couple of hours for a delicious and wonderfully satisfying meal.

Bon Appétit!!!

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Parisian Rice Salad

A staple food of most French children this delicious rice salad makes a delightful and complete meal that is simple to make and wonderfully healthy.
Course Entree
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Valerie Remy-Milora


  • 2 cups cooked rice cooled
  • 10 oz canned tuna
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1.5 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup organic cucumber
  • 15 oz organic corn kernels
  • 3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh ground salt and pepper to taste


  • Place cooled rice and corn kernels in a salad bowl.
  • Slice or cube veggies and hard boiled eggs as desired and add to bowl.
  • Flake tuna and add to all ingredients.
  • Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil.
  • Add fresh ground salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss and chill before serving.
  • Add a garnish of fresh parsley when serving.
  • Enjoy!



  1. What a family pleaser this would be. I can’t wait to try it!

  2. My kids all have slightly different preferences but this recipe sounds really easy to adapt and make it a home run for everyone.

  3. Looks delicious and healthy.

  4. Looks delicious. Sadly for me my kids refuse to eat rice as I love it.

  5. Mmmm, this looks so good! Going on my menu plan for sure!

  6. That looks delicious! I need to pick up a few ingredients so I can make this.

  7. This rice salad looks like it would be great on a Summer evening. Nice and light!

  8. Yum! My kids love dishes like this where everything is mixed together, so I will definitely be making this!

  9. Looks yummy! Our family loves to eat different kinds of rice recipes.

  10. This looks great and thankfully I don’t have picky kids. They know if mom made it that is the only option. Take it or leave it. Looks tasty and healthy.

  11. I’ve never tried Tuna in anything other than a sandwich, I might have to give this a try with the kids.

  12. That looks SO good! I am saving this for later.

  13. This looks so good. Can’t wait to try it!

  14. Nena Sinclair says:

    This sounds awesome! I love rice salads!

  15. Judy Thomas says:

    Thank you. I love trying different salads.

  16. sheila ressel says:

    I’ve been looking for a recipe for a good rice salad and this one seems to fit the bill. Pinning it so I’ll always have the recipe.

    • I came up with this salad at my oldest daughter’s urging. It’s funny I used to enjoy rice salads as kid. I grew up n France where they are pretty popular. By somehow I’d never really prepared them for my family… Until my oldest came back from a friend’s and told me how much she’d enjoyed the one her mom’s friend had prepared. 🙂

  17. john hutchens says:

    This sounds delicious. My wife purchased me some black truffle oil I think I will try with this recipe instead of the olive oil.

  18. I’ve never heard of anything like this before. Sounds really tasty. Going to have to give it a shot

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