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Avocado Tuna Salad

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Looking for a quick lunch or easy appetizer, look no further than this Avocado Tuna Salad which I like to load onto my favorite crackers. Canned tuna is combined with avocado to give it a creamy texture and celery and red onion are stirred through for added crunch.

Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado Tuna Salad

This Creamy Avocado Tuna Salad is my new favorite way to serve tuna salad. This is a healthy avocado tuna salad, as there is no mayonnaise added to the tuna. Instead the avocado is mashed through the tuna to give it the creamy texture. Avocado is a healthy fruit, full of the healthy fats that we all need in our diets.

I love that this simple avocado tuna salad recipe can be whipped together in just 5 minutes, perfect for a quick and tasty lunch served with a side of crackers.

Avocado tuna salad is a healthy, high protein lunch option. If you are looking to lower carbs, swap the bread or crackers for whole lettuce leaves. Pile the salad onto some crunchy lettuce leaves.

Recipe ingredients

  • TUNA: I used 2, 5-ounce cans of tuna in water to serve 4.
  • AVOCADO: not only adds flavor, but a great creamy texture to the salad.
  • CELERY: some finely chopped celery adds not only a great fresh savory flavor, but also added crunch and texture to the salad.
  • RED ONION: adds flavor and crunch to the salad.
  • OIL: olive oil helps the ingredients to combine adding a little moisture. Use a good quality olive oil as it will add to the flavor.
  • LIME: lime juice not only adds flavor, but it helps stop the avocado from oxidizing. I always use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.
  • CILANTRO: adds a great burst of fresh herb flavor.
  • SEASONING: there’s so much flavor in this avocado tuna salad that I keep the seasoning simple with some sea salt and ground black pepper.

How to make Avocado Tuna Salad

The ingredients for tuna salad with avocado in a white mixing bowl.

Combine all the ingredients in large bowl.

The combined tuna salad with avocado ingredients in a white mixing bowl.

Stir together, mashing the avocado as you stir.

A close up view of tuna salad with avocado in a bowl.

Serve immediately.

Flavor variations

  • I prefer to use canned tuna in water, but you can also use tuna in oil. Just ensure you look for tuna with no added salt.
  • Swap the red onion for sliced green onions or shallots which also have a milder onion flavor.
  • Swap the freshly chopped cilantro for parsley.
  • Make tuna salad with avocado and egg by stirring through some chopped hard boiled egg.
  • Stir through some shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Add some canned black beans to the mixture.
  • Stir through some canned sweetcorn.
A bowl of tuna salad with avocado surrounded by crackers and limes.

Serving suggestion

This love to serve avocado tuna salad as a great tasting appetizer dip with my favorite crackers and a wedge of fresh lime to add and extra hit of zesty citrus flavor.

However, this easy tuna salad also makes a great sandwich. You can also add extra layers to your sandwich, try layering slices of tomato or cucumber with the tuna.

Avocado tuna salad can also be served as a salad main. Place on top of a leafy green salad, add some chopped tomatoes and cucumber and serve for a delicious lunch or light dinner. Store the salad in an airtight container and it also makes an easy lunch on the go.

Recipe hints & tips

  • Take time to properly drain the canned tuna otherwise the tuna salad will be too wet.
  • If you don’t like celery leave it out, but swap it with another crunchy salad vegetable like red bell pepper, radish or de-seeded cucumber.
  • If the tuna salad has been in the refrigerator for a couple of days I recommend giving the salad a good stir to combine all the ingredients together again before serving.
A bowl of delicious Avocado Tuna Salad.


Is canned tuna healthy?

Yes, tuna is an oily fish, rich in protein, A, B and D vitamins and a great source of iron and omega 3 essential fatty acids. We should all be including more oily fish in our weekly diets.

How healthy is avocado tuna salad?

The combination of avocado with tuna in this salad is a healthy one. Tuna is a very healthy and lean protein, an oily fish that we should all be including in our diets. It is packed full of A and B vitamins, along with iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. The creamy element for this salad comes from avocado, rather than mayonnaise. Avocado is a great source of vitamin E, folate and fibre as well as copper, iron and potassium.

How to store avocado tuna salad?

Once prepared, place the tuna salad into an airtight container and you can store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Yield: 4

Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado Tuna Salad combines canned tuna with avocado to give it a creamy texture and celery and red onion for added crunch.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 x 5-ounce cans tuna in water, drained
  • 1 avocado, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped


  1. Combine all the ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Stir together, mashing up the avocado as you stir.
  3. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 279mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g

Nutritional information is approximate and for guidance only.

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