Avocado Tuna Salad

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Here’s a step up from your everyday tuna salad—leave out the mayo and replace with avocado, add some red onion, lemon zest and juice, sprinkle with the green of cilantro or parsley, and wow! Put it between two pieces of toast and you have a rather perfect tuna salad sandwich with the lovely addition of avocado and without any mayonnaise.

To be clear, I don’t have any problem with mayo. But I am rather passionate about avocados so given the opportunity to sub one for the other, I will!

By the way, here’s a cool little avocado beauty tip. Once you’ve scooped out the avocado from its peel, rub the inside of the peel on your elbows. The oil from the avocados is great for smoothing rough skin!

Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes enough tuna salad for 2 sandwiches

Since the avocado is taking the place of mayonnaise, it should be ripe and easy to mash with a fork. Choose an avocado that has some give to it when you squeeze it gently. Because mayonnaise comes salted, and avocados don't, you'll need to add more salt and pepper to this salad than you might expect.

Ingredients

  • 1 5-ounce can tuna, preferably packed in olive oil, drained
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix with a fork, mashing the avocado and breaking up the chunks of tuna as you go, until the ingredients are well combined.

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Add more oil or salt and pepper if necessary, serve on your favorite sandwich bread or toast.

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Links:

Avocado Chicken Salad here on Simply Recipes

Avocado Tuna Salad on The Healthy Maven

Tuna Avocado Wraps from Nom Nom Paleo

Cucumber Avocado Tuna Salad with Cilantro and Lime on Kalyn's Kitchen

Everything you need to know about avocados from WebMD

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  • Jessica

    I’m eating this right now! Yum yum!

  • Dave Phillips

    I made this absolutely delicious recipe again for lunch today. So, so good! Thanks again!

  • Alex Trodder

    I’ve been working on eating better, but I am learning I don’t know what to cook……I like how easy this is! Totally giving it a try.

  • Marsha Perry

    OOOOOOHHHH MY… this was DELICIOUS … however, 2 tsp. of lemon juice with the tsp. of lemon zest was TOO bitter for my taste so I tried to sweeten it by adding a tbsp. of sandwich spread and a tomato which made it taste AMAZING… used Ritz crackers …YUMMMMMY……

    will be using this recipe for SUPERBOWL 2016!!!!

  • Perinda Ibrahim

    I never thought I could even tolerate tuna and avocado together but I tried your recipe and it was amazing!!! Definitely a keeper.

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