This Easy Avocado Tuna Salad is a delicious, heart-healthy twist on the traditional tuna salad recipe. No mayo necessary thanks to the creamy, rich avocado. It’s super flavorful, easy to make and the perfect 5-minute no cook lunch or dinner; that’s packed with protein and nutrition. Pile it on bread for a delicious sandwich, stuff it in a tortilla wrap or scoop it in lettuce cups. Great for Whole30, Paleo, Keto and low-carb diets.

Avocado Tuna Salad served in a large bowl with tortilla chips

Salads are my favorite for lunch. I pretty much eat one every day, such as my skinny egg salad or this copycat Magnolia Market chicken salad. And a good tuna salad is always a favorite! It’s a quick, easy, nutrient-rich meal that can be served a variety of ways.

If you’re a fan of tuna and you love avocado then this avocado tuna salad is for you. I personally think adding avocado to tuna salad is even more delicious than the original! The avocado adds a wonderful flavor and a creamy texture to the salad and replaces mayo making this meal super healthy.

As an added plus, avocado tuna salad is versatile enough to serve in lots of different ways. Serve it up in a wrap, on sandwich bread, over a bed of baby spinach, topped on apple slices or use it as a dip with crackers or tortilla chips. The options are pretty much endless!

ingredients for avocado tuna salad on a white cutting board

How Do You Make Avocado Tuna Salad?

This recipe starts with canned tuna, which is drained and flaked in a bowl. You can use your favorite variety of canned tuna in oil or water. I like to use albacore or white tuna packed in water, but any type of tuna or even salmon will work.

Mix the tuna with the finely diced celery, chopped avocado, thinly sliced red onion, and chopped fresh cilantro to form the base of the salad. A simple lemon or lime dressing goes over the top, then the final step is to toss, eat and enjoy!

lettuce wraps topped with Avocado Tuna Salad

Tips For Making Avocado Tuna Salad

  • When draining the tuna, try to drain as much water (or oil) as possible before mixing the tuna with the other ingredients.
  • Choose soft, but not overripe avocados. You want to make sure your avocados are soft, but not too soft. If they are more on the firm side, the tuna salad won’t be creamy.
  • Mash up the avocado as much or little as you like. As seen in the pictures, I usually keep my avocado in coarsely chopped pieces, but feel free to make this salad extra creamy by mashing it all up.
  • To make this salad ahead of time, simply stir all ingredients together, except the avocados. When you’re ready to serve, mix in the avocado. You can make this salad about a day in advance.

one slice of sandwich bread topped with avocado tuna salad

Tuna Salad Variations 

This avocado tuna salad is a very simple recipe and I personally love it as-is, but there are so many ways to make this salad your own and customize it to your preferences!

  • Vegetables: You can add other veggies to the mix such as cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, corn and/or olives.
  • Beans: Try adding canned beans for an extra dose of protein and fiber. I would suggest using only 1 avocado and a can of beans that have been drained and rinsed. Chickpeas or cannellini beans work great in this salad.
  • Cheese: For an added flavor dimension, sprinkle in a little cheese to the salad, such as feta or crumbled cotija.
  • Herbs: If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can replace it with parsley, chives or fresh dill.
  • Additions: Sometimes I like to add in crumbled bacon and/or a couple of chopped hard-boiled eggs.

Serving Suggestions

There are variety of delicious ways to serve this avocado tuna salad. Which is your favorite?

  • Bread: Pile the salad on toasted or untoasted bread with any other favorite sandwich fixins.
  • Pita: Stuff the tuna salad into pita bread halves.
  • Crackers or Chips: Scoop up the salad with your favorite crackers or chips.
  • Apple Slices: Load the salad on top of large thin slices of apple.
  • Lettuce Cups: Spoon the salad into romaine or butter lettuce leaves.
  • Tomato: Fill the salad into a large tomato with the meaty part of the tomato spooned out.
  • Wrap: Add the tuna salad to a tortilla wrap and roll it up. Or wrap it in a large burrito-size tortilla and toast it in a skillet, crunchwrap style.
stacked sandwiches filled with Easy Avocado Tuna Salad

This avocado tuna salad truly takes the classic tuna salad from ordinary to extraordinary! I make it on the regular. It’s just that good! Trust me and give it a try!

More Salad Recipes To Try

Mexican Tuna Salad

Classic Tuna Salad

Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad

Curried Egg Salad

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Avocado Tuna Salad served in a large bowl with tortilla chips
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Avocado Tuna Salad
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.8g17%
Saturated Fat 1.6g10%
Cholesterol 18.8mg6%
Sodium 403.7mg18%
Carbohydrates 5.4g2%
Fiber 3.8g16%
Sugar 0.9g1%
Protein 10.9g22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:8 1/2 cup servings
Easy Avocado Tuna Salad
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
 

This Easy Avocado Tuna Salad is a delicious, heart-healthy twist on the traditional tuna salad recipe. No mayo necessary thanks to the creamy, rich avocado. It's super flavorful, easy to make and the perfect 5-minute no cook lunch or dinner that’s packed with protein and nutrition. Pile it on bread for a delicious sandwich, stuff it in a tortilla wrap or scoop it in lettuce cups. Great for Whole30, Paleo, Keto and low-carb diets.

Ingredients
  • 3 cans tuna packed in water, drained and flaked
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely sliced and diced
  • 3 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, sliced and diced (can roughly mash, if preferred)
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (substitute with fresh parsley, if preferred)
  • 1/2 medium lemon, juiced (lime juice will work)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper + more to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large serving bowl, combine drained tuna, diced celery, diced (or slightly mashed) avocado, thinly sliced red onion, and fresh cilantro.

  2. In a small bowl or jar, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

  3. Pour dressing over tuna mixture and toss to combine. Serve with chips or crackers, in a wrap, as a sandwich or in lettuce cups. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To store: Cover with plastic wrap to keep the avocado from browning. The tuna salad should last 2 days in the fridge if covered properly. 

Make ahead: This salad can be made up to a day before you plan to serve it. Simply omit the avocado, then stir in the avocado right before serving.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim Lee
Course: Lunch, Main, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado tuna salad, healthy tuna salad, tuna salad with avocado

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This post was updated with new content on 2/5/20.