This easy Avocado Tuna Salad is the BEST recipe for Tuna Salad! Fresh avocado, lime, jalapeno, and cilantro create the base for a fresh and wholesome tuna salad that is perfect for wraps, sandwiches or to eat alone.
Growing up, I was often served Tuna Salad Melts.
And I did not like them–cheesy and mayonnaise with Tuna did nothing for me.
However, when I make tuna salad with avocado, I am SOLD!
Avocado Tuna Salad
Made with creamy avocados, fresh lime juice and bright cilantro, this easy tuna salad recipe is anything but traditional or boring.
It is like guacamole with tuna and who does not like guacamole/!
How to Make Easy Avocado Tuna Salad
Step One: Select Your Tuna
- I prefer tuna sold in pouches. It is mild and perfectly flaky and has no “canned” food taste. And I LOVE that I do not have to drain it.
- If you used canned tuna, be sure to drain well.
Step Two: Make the Tuna Salad
- In a mixing bowl, mash the avocado with the salt, lime juice and garlic powder.
- Mix in the jalapeno, onion, and cilantro until well combined.
- Add in the tuna and mix until tuna is evenly distributed.
Step Three: Serve Avocado Tuna Salad
- Serve on homemade whole wheat bread for a Tuna Salad Sandwich.
- Serve over greens, for a salad.
- Wrap in a tortilla for a Avocado Tuna Wrap.
- Serve with crackers.
- Serve tuna salad in lettuce wraps.
Tips for Mayo-Free Tuna Salad Recipe:
- I cannot say enough about the difference between canned tuna and tuna sold in a pouch. The taste and texture cannot be beat.
- I added red onion in this avocado tuna salad for crunch and zing. If you do not like raw onions but still want crunch, mix in some diced celery.
- I love the heat a bit of diced jalapeno adds to avocado tuna salad, but you if you like your dishes mild, either omit the jalapeno, or be sure to remove seeds and ribs of jalapeno and cut down to only 1/2 teaspoon for this tuna salad recipe.
- The lime juice in this tuna salad adds such freshness and flavor and helps to keep the avocado from browning. If you don’t have lime juice, you can use lemon juice. Just be sure that whether using lemon or lime juice, it is fresh.
- Tip for juicing a lime/lemon: Place in microwave for 30 seconds before squeezing.
- You can also omit the cilantro if you are not a fan. I would not substitute parsley for it, just leave it out completely.
- If you want this tuna salad to be heavier on the tuna, use 2 pouches for the same amount of other ingredients in recipe. Just add in an additional 1/2 teaspoon salt.
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Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe
Easy Avocado Tuna Salad
A simple, dairy-free tuna salad recipe perfect for sandwiches, wraps, or eaten alone.
- 1 3 ounce pouch Blue Harbor Albacore Tuna, no salt added
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon minced red onion
- 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 lime (juice of)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
In a mixing bowl, mash the avocado with the salt, lime juice and garlic powder.
Mix in the jalapeno, onion, and cilantro until well combined.
Add in the tuna and mix until tuna is evenly distributed.
Serve on a sandwich, in a wrap, in a lettuce wrap, on crackers or alone.