Avocado Tuna Salad

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Upgrade your lunch! This Avocado Tuna Salad uses creamy avocado instead of mayo for a fresh and easy twist on the classic. Red onion and celery add some crunch, while lemon juice gives it some zing.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Here’s a step up from your everyday tuna salad—leave out the mayo and replace it with avocado. Add some red onion, lemon zest and juice, sprinkle with the green of cilantro or parsley, and wow!

Put the avocado tuna salad 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!

Avocado Tuna Salad on Toast

Picking the Best Avocado

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.

Also, because mayonnaise comes salted and avocados don’t, you’ll need to add more salt and pepper to this salad than you might expect.

Eat Right Away!

The avocado does cause this salad to quickly start turning brown, so it’s best to make and eat this right away. That said, if you aren’t bothered by a bit of browning, the salad will be fine refrigerated and eaten within a few hours.

Tuna Avocado Sandwich

A Beauty Tip

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.

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Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe

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

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 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

1 Mix: 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.

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

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  1. StevyD

    What a great idea! As soon as I get over not having though of this myself, I’m making a batch right away. Other than the fresh cilantro, I almost always have all the other ingredients on hand. But this must be my lucky day because I do just happen to have some in the fridge.

  2. Stacey

    Great way to make tuna salad; I have no problem with mayonaise, but I often sub avocado as a bread spread. What really pulls the flavors together is the lemon juice & zest.

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  3. Pam

    I love tuna. When I make tuna salad I put in mayo black olives. Celery. Diced onions. Diced tomato’s. Pickle relish. Salt pepper. A little garlic powder. When all mixed I put in cranberry sauce (not jellied). I use a combination of Albacore and regular tuna in water. Everyone loves my tuna salad. Put on toast in a pita or as a dip for crackers. Sooo good

  4. rebekkah alexander

    Awesome flavor! I just made this and am really enjoying it! I know I will make it often. Thank you!

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  5. Janelle

    Awesome salad. So great for this hot day!

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