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With summer just around the corner, I wanted to share one of my favorite easy low carb lunch ideas. Enter this easy avocado tuna salad recipe! It’s light and refreshing and takes all of 10 minutes to throw together. Plus, avocado and tuna salad uses ingredients that I often have sitting around, making it a great last-minute idea.
Making avocado tuna salad paleo is super simple, because all the ingredients are naturally paleo. And low carb. And keto. And even whole30! It’s a lot like avocado egg salad or shrimp avocado salad, with a different twist.
If you avoid eggs for certain dietary restrictions, or simply look for excuses to add more avocado to your life (ahem… there’s a reason I have a whole collection dedicated to healthy avocado recipes!), then this healthy tuna salad with avocado is for you. Avocado tuna salad has no mayo, which means no eggs. And, it’s kid tested – and approved!
How To Make Tuna Salad With Avocado
Whether you are going on a picnic, looking for something to serve at a potluck, or you simply want a quick lunch, avocado tuna salad is here to swoop in and save the day! It’s so easy, that even your youngest chefs can help you make it. My kids love helping me make it.
You are 3-easy steps away from tasting the most delicious paleo tuna salad:
- Mash the avocado and sprinkle with lime juice and sea salt. Stir together.
- Add tuna, cilantro, red onion, celery and jalapenos. Fold them in, so that your tuna avocado salad isn’t too mushy. You want some chunks of avocado and tuna remaining.
TIP: This is also when you’d add any other ingredients you like. See the section on variations below!
- Adjust salt and jalapenos to taste. Everyone has their own preferences with heat and saltiness, so adjust accordingly.
Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe Variations
Whether you’re trying to make avocado tuna salad paleo or just low carb, it’s very forgiving and versatile. I made it a basic 7-ingredient recipe, but here are some additions you can try:
- Tomatoes – The sweetness of fresh tomatoes will pair perfectly with easy tuna salad. Choose smaller ones that aren’t too watery, or remove the watery insides first, so that your tuna salad doesn’t get watery.
- Eggs – Adding in some diced eggs will enhance the creaminess of healthy tuna salad with avocado even more. It’ll be like a cross with my tuna egg salad.
- Bacon – Always one of my favorite go-to ingredients. Save yourself from getting popped with grease and make bacon in the oven! Crumble and toss into the simple avocado tuna salad for a special treat.
- Cucumbers – I love tossing in a few diced cucumbers because they are so fresh and light! Try it!
- Seasonings – Try Italian seasoning, paprika, or even turmeric if you want an anti-inflammatory boost.
Is Tuna Salad Keto?
Not all tuna and avocado salad is keto, but often times it is! And this recipe definitely is. All the ingredients are naturally keto friendly.
If you go out to eat, there’s a chance there may be non-keto friendly ingredients, like sweet pickles. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at a restaurant or friend’s house, so you know if it’s keto or not.
Is Tuna Salad Good For You?
Yes, this avocado tuna salad paleo recipe is very good for you! Here’s a breakdown of the vitamins and minerals in this tuna avocado recipe:
- Tuna – Protein, iron, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids
- Red Onions – Folic acid, fiber, and vitamin B
- Avocado – Fiber, vitamin B, vitamin K, potassium, vitamin C, and copper
- Cilantro – Calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, and vitamin C
Can I Make Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad Ahead?
Yes, you can technically make healthy tuna salad ahead of time, but the avocado will turn brown fairly quickly.
TIP: The lime juice helps slow down browning, so you can try adding a bit more if you’re making it ahead. But, it still will only last a couple days.
Fortunately, this tuna avocado recipe is so quick to throw together that you can do it quickly even without meal prep. You have 10 minutes, right?!
How To Serve Tuna Salad With Avocado
There are many ways you can enjoy avocado tuna salad paleo, and they are all irresistible. Here are some delicious ideas to try:
- Tuna Lettuce Wraps – As pictured above! This is the easiest way, and the lightest.
- The Best 90 Second Bread – The fastest way to have a low carb tuna salad sandwich without spending too long making the bread.
- Low Carb Paleo Tortilla Chips – Perfect for dipping!
- Paleo Tuna Salad Wraps – You can use low carb cauliflower tortillas, or for an option that’s paleo but not low carb, try paleo tortillas with tapioca flour.
- Easy Paleo Keto Bread – My go to low carb white bread recipe for a classic avocado tuna sandwich.
Tools To Make Avocado Tuna Salad
Tap the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.
- Vegetable Chopper – You can always chop veggies by hand, but I like this chopper because it’s fast and easy to use.
- Mixing Bowls – Any mixing bowl you have on hand will do, but I like these because when you are stirring they don’t skid across the counter. Plus, there are several sizes.
Easy Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe - Paleo
Easy Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe
A healthy easy avocado tuna salad recipe! See how to make avocado tuna salad in just 10 minutes. Bonus: tuna and avocado salad needs just 7 ingredients!
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Mash the avocado and lime juice together with sea salt.
Add the tuna, cilantro, red onion, celery, and jalapeños (if using). Stir everything together, breaking apart any large pieces of tuna as needed.
Adjust salt and jalapeños to taste if needed. Serve immediately.
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How many eggs would you use of you wanted to add eggs to this and would the the other ingredients need to scale if adding diced eggs?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Staci, You could combine this recipe with my avocado egg salad recipe to get the results you are looking for.
Delicious and easy to throw together! I love coriander but never thought of it in tuna salad!
I really like this. Nutrition info says 2g of protein per serving. That can’t be right. A small can of Albacore tuna has 22g.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Bernice, You are correct. I recalculated the protein and updated the nutrition. Thank you!
Thank you so much!
The keto version should behave with tuna packed in Olive oil and undrained. Thanks for this amazing recipe. I cannot wait to try. I may even add some curry powder for extra flavor.
I have made the avocado tuna salad. It is delicious! I used avocado mayo to cut fat. I am trying to lose weight but cholesterol is higher than I want it. Thank you f ou e a good recipe I can work with for myself.
Wholesome Yum A0
Thanks for the recipe this was delicious!
Lots of ideas here, thank you so much. I love bacon in mine!
This was so good! I love that you are using avocados in place of mayo in this!
This were incredible! I could see myself eating this every single day for lunch no problems!
Love the addition of jalapeno in here. Adds a great pop!
Delish! Never would’ve thought to use tuna instead of chicken in a dish like this but it’s brilliant!
This seriously was so good! The perfect clean lunch!
I love tuna salad. Avocado was a great addition!
This was amazing! I love replacing mayo with avocados in a salad like this. Gives such a pretty color and makes it so tasty too!
Thank you so much for this recipe! Looks fantastic! Fairly new to THM so this would be a S-meal, correct? I sometimes get confused between S and FP meals. Thanks so much again. Surely do enjoy your blog and the nutritional info is WONDERFUL!!! You’re a huge blessing to so many of us!!!
Michal con delight0
Wow! that looks so tasty! I hope I will get the chance and try it tomorrow. Thanks so much for such a refreshing beautiful-looking salad.
Lizet Flores de Bowen0
This was so easy to make and just yum! great recipe!
Wow, I think I have just found my new favorite way to have tuna. This is awesome!
I love that you used avocado and cilantro … my two favorites! This will be a great low carb lunch this weekend. THanks for the different variation suggestions too!
Great lunch in the summer! Thanks for the recipe.
I loooooove that this is made with avocados instead of mayo. It was so creamy and delicious, and I didn’t feel guilty about going back for seconds. 😉
I love that you changed up boring tuna salad. The variations like cucumber and bacon sound delish!!
Oh, I love this recipe, love adding bacon and cilantro! Such a great flavor combo happening here. I haven’t had an avocado tuna sandwich in YEARS before this. It was long overdue!
This looks great and I don’t like mayo!!! I never eat tuna salad because of it – what a great idea to combine the tuna with guac!
Yes please! I want more avocado in my life please! Yum, what a great salad. So fresh and tasty and the celery in the dish is a pleasant addition.
I’ve been eating tuna once a week lately because its just quick and easy. I’m loving your addition of cilantro, jalapeno and red onion. Its guacamole with protein. YUM!
what a delicious way to make tuna salad! i love the use of avocado, so unique and healthy 🙂
Such a delicious recipe! Perfect for summer!!
I don’t usually eat tuna salad because I’m not a huge fan of mayo so THIS is perfect for me! It also looks awfully pretty to boot!