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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!
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 low carb 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:
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- 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.
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- 2 medium Avocados
- 2 tbsp Lime juice
- 4 5-oz cans Tuna (drained; I used 1/2 chunk light and 1/2 solid white albacore)
- 1/4 cup Fresh cilantro (chopped)
- 3 tbsp Celery (finely chopped)
- 3 tbsp Red onion (minced)
- 1 tbsp Jalapeños (optional; minced; can add 1-2 tbsp more to taste)
- 1/2 tsp Sea salt (to taste)
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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.
Serving size: 1 cup
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Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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