This scrumptious avocado tuna salad is a zesty and incredibly delicious low carb recipes take on the traditional “been there done that” tuna salad!!
With cilantro, lime and a handful of flavor packed low carb foods, it’s tuna salad for people who don’t really like tuna, because you’ll hardly taste it in this recipe!
Forget sabotage to your healthy lifestyle by the ingredients in traditional recipes. This creamy, decadent avocado tuna salad is one of those keto recipes you’ll immediately L-O-V-E — think of it as a fresh and delicious, healthy tuna salad recipe that resembles guacamole.
As you begin to think about your low carb meal plan for the week, you’ll want to incorporate this avocado tuna salad paleo-friendly version, because it makes for awesome low carb lunch ideas on scorching hot summer days.
Is your mouth watering yet? Let’s get started!
How to Make Avocado Tuna Salad
This cool, satisfying keto salad is basically avocado salad (hide the tuna) — It’s there, and you body will thank you for it, but you’ll be savoring the flavor from all the other keto foods sooo much, you won’t even notice it!
Avocado tuna salad is one of those low carb lunches that you anticipate, and makes your day just a little brighter.
The key to making a superior avocado tuna salad is to use perfectly ripe avocados that’re free from ugly brown spots.
To find a ripe avocado, turn it over and look at the stem — Gently peel back the stem or cap on the top of the fruit. If it comes away easily and you see green underneath, you’ve got a winner! If the stem doesn’t want to come off, then the avocado likely isn’t ripe yet. BUT, if you see brown underneath, then the fruit is probably over-ripe and may have brown spots. Pass this one over.
Also, Haas Avocados are creamier and higher in fat content (and more delicious in my book) than Florida Avocados. You’ll have to choose the one that best suits your dietary needs and texture profile.
One of the best things about this low carb salad is that it’s so simple to make, and you don’t have to add a lot of ingredients to your low carb shopping list! The only tools you need are a fork, a knife, a bowl and maybe a can opener.
- Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl.
- Mix together with a fork breaking tuna into smaller pieces and lightly mashing avocado as desired.
- Serve with your favorite bread, chips or crackers and enjoy!
Tuna Salad Variations
Tweaking this tuna salad is super-easy. Here are a few variations to consider based on your palate and taste buds:
- Make tuna salad with avocado and egg for a little extra protein
- Spice this recipe up by adding a diced jalapeno or some sriracha
- Avocado tuna pasta salad is absolutely fantastic, make it by tossing this recipe in cooked and cooled pasta
- Mix in some low carb fruits for a different flavor variation. Although not low carb, pineapple would be a DELICIOUS addition to this salad
This avocado tuna salad recipe is so versatile, it’ll quickly become a staple on your low carb food list for keto lunches and snacks — and who could blame you?
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How to Eat This Keto Tuna Salad
I can literally think of a billion ways to eat this keto tuna salad, to name a few:
- Make a tuna and avocado wrap, either with large lettuce leaves, low carb wraps or low carb tortillas.
- As low carb appetizers on keto crackers.
- Enjoy it on low carb bread or almond flour bread for one of those low carb meals that really satisfies your hunger without weighing you down.
- Pair this salad with keto fruits and low carb crackers for keto appetizers that guests will eagerly scarf down!
Best Tuna Salad Storing Tips (preventing the avocado from browning)
This recipe makes the best tuna salad ever! But storing it properly is important, so the avocado doesn’t turn brown. This is because avocado flesh oxidizes when it’s exposed to air, causing ugly brown spots. (Same goes for guacamole and avocado salad, too.)
There are a couple of good ways to hamper this process and preserve your green avocado:
The first way is to add a little extra lime juice to the top of your salad and store it in a size-appropriate airtight container. The sulfur in the onions also acts as a preservative. If you aren’t going to eat your avocado tuna salad immediately, then sprinkle minced onions on top of it before storing, and the sulfur will go to work. Simply stir the onions into your salad before serving or eating.
How To Make Tuna Salad for Meal Prep
Learning how to make tuna salad for low carb meal prep can be a little tricky because it only keeps so long. Depending on how many people you’re feeding or how many times you want to eat avocado tuna salad this week, you can double the recipe.
The best thing to do is to store the bread or crackers on the side, and wrap them separately. If you wrap them together, they’ll soak up the moisture from your tuna salad and get mushy!
Can You Freeze Tuna Salad Without Mayo?
Be forewarned — tuna salad without mayo (or with mayo for that matter) doesn’t freeze well! The avocado flesh is just never quite the same when it thaws out. It loses some of that decadent, creamy texture we love so much!
I recommend storing this dish in the fridge, with a little lime juice on top to prevent browning.
Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe
Introducing your new favorite EASY, summertime lunch: avocado tuna salad! Avocados are nutrient-dense fruits that contain healthy fats, along with essential vitamins and minerals. So, you can enjoy a rich, decadent lunch that’ll have you firing on all cylinders for the rest of the day. With an average of about two net carbs per hundred grams, you can’t go wrong!
Try this incredibly delicious avocado tuna salad for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Avocado Tuna Salad
- 1 5 Ounces Can Tuna packed in water + drained
- 2/3 Cup 1 Small Avocado ripe + chunked
- 1/4 Cup Red Onions minced
- 1/2 Cup Celery diced
- 2 Tablespoon Cilantro chopped
- 2 Tablespoon Lime Juice
- 1/2 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
- Add all ingredient to a medium bowl.
- Mix together using a fork, to break up the tuna into smaller pieces and lightly mash the avocado as desired.
- Serve with your favorite bread, chips or crackers and enjoy!