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Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe (VIDEO)

This Avocado Tuna Salad has a simple and surprising combination of ingredients but it just works! This tuna salad can be served on the side with dinner or as a very satisfying lunch because it comes together quickly and is loaded with protein.

This Avocado Tuna Salad has incredible fresh flavor! Tuna Avocado Salad is loaded with protein. The avocado adds a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess. | natashaskitchen.com

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The avocado gives this tuna salad recipe a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess without needing mayo. The lemon juice and cilantro give it incredible fresh flavor – this may just become your new favorite tuna salad.

P.S. Want to know a little secret? This salad is a close relative to the #1 recipe on my site of all time – that’s where the inspiration came from and it was an instant hit! 

Ingredients for Avocado Tuna Salad (print the recipe below):

This Avocado Tuna Salad has such simple ingredients and you may already have everything you need to make it (I love it when that happens!!).

This Avocado Tuna Salad has incredible fresh flavor! Tuna Avocado Salad is loaded with protein. The avocado adds a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess. | natashaskitchen.com

What Kind of Tuna is Best for Tuna Salad?

We used drained Chunk Light Tuna in oil for more flavor and it seems to hold it’s form better, but you can substitute for well-drained tuna in water if you prefer.

Make-Ahead Tip: Once you add salt, the salad should be enjoyed within 3 hours of making, or the cucumbers start to lose their crispness. To prep the salad in advance, combine all of the ingredients except the salt, cover and refrigerate. Season with salt just before serving.

This Avocado Tuna Salad has incredible fresh flavor! Tuna Avocado Salad is loaded with protein. The avocado adds a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess. | natashaskitchen.com

I would pass you a fork if I could so you could experience this amazing tuna salad for yourself. It’s worth discovering and this tuna salad recipe is meant to be shared!

This Avocado Tuna Salad has incredible fresh flavor! Tuna Avocado Salad is loaded with protein. The avocado adds a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess. | natashaskitchen.com

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Avocado Tuna Salad Video Tutorial:

Watch Natasha make this Tuna Salad Recipe with Avocado! It is mouthwatering good and so simple – definitely an upgrade on classic tuna salad.

Is your mouth watering yet??

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Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe

4.91 from 121 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $9-$11
Calories: 304 kcal
Servings: 6 as a side salad

Ingredients

  • 15 oz tuna in oil, drained and flaked (3 small cans)
  • 1 English cucumber sliced
  • 2 large or 3 medium avocados peeled, pitted & sliced
  • 1 small/medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (1/2 of a small bunch)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, combine: sliced cucumber, sliced avocado, thinly sliced red onion, drained tuna, and 1/4 cup cilantro
  2. Drizzle salad ingredients with 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper (or season to taste). Toss to combine and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 645mg 27%
Potassium 571mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 8.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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It really is as good as it looks. Avocado and tuna are a winning combination.

This Avocado Tuna Salad has incredible fresh flavor! Tuna Avocado Salad is loaded with protein. The avocado adds a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess. | natashaskitchen.com

So much juiciness and flavour!!! Make this for your next party and your guests will rave about your avocado tuna salad. I hope you love this so much that it becomes a new favorite for you.

Q: What are YOUR favorite tuna recipes? 

This Avocado Tuna Salad has incredible fresh flavor! Tuna Avocado Salad is loaded with protein. The avocado adds a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Ron Doty
    June 9, 2019

    First I added cooked fresh yellow fin tuna, lime, fresh corn from the cob, roasted habinaro pepper (also from my garden), hint of roasted garlic,and the remainder of the other ingredients. Then it became a 5 star recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 9, 2019

      Hi Ron! Thank you for sharing those changes with us! I’m happy you enjoyed our version! Reply

  • Lisa
    June 6, 2019

    This is a definite winner! No fishy taste! Thanks so much for posting this. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Lisa! Reply

  • Jessica Smith
    April 30, 2019

    Hello Natasha, This was extra tasty!! I made it with vegan toonami instead and it was amazingly tasty. Thank you for sharing ! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that Jessica! Thank you for your awesome review! Reply

  • Melanie
    April 14, 2019

    I added boiled eggs and a jalapeño. DELICIOUS!! Thank you!! Made plenty for 2 days of lunch for 2 people with a little extra leftover. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 14, 2019

      That’s so great! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Reply

  • Mary G
    April 4, 2019

    Just made this!
    Love that I had everything on hand. Simple ingredients but oh so delicious. Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 4, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Mary! Reply

  • Nikki
    April 4, 2019

    Hi what is cilantro Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 4, 2019

      Hi Nikki, cilantro looks very similar to parsley, its flavor is much stronger, however. Reply

  • Linda
    April 3, 2019

    Yum! Keto comfort food – thanks Natasha  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 3, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Linda! Reply

  • Trish Huffman
    March 25, 2019

    Have been making this for some time. The last time I made it I added chopped tomatoes…. Really good. Am making again tomorrow. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Renea Panzer
    March 25, 2019

    I tweaked this a bit to my tastes… And what I had in hand…but OMG! This is WONDERFUL! I’m trying to not eat the whole batch at once!!!!
    Renea Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Christine L
    March 16, 2019

    Oh my goodness, this is DELICIOUS and so HEALTHY. EVERYONE in the family praises this salad and we all agree, it has become one of our favourites. THANK YOU Natasha!!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Reply

  • magali
    January 29, 2019

    Sooooo Addictive, soooo yummmy yummy…
    XOXO
    From Paris, France Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 29, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Jason
    January 16, 2019

    I’m new to this site. I was looking for some ways to use avocados when I found your recipe for avocado tuna salad. Wow! It’s fantastic! I didn’t have a lemon, so I substituted lime, and I think it’s great. Thank you for sharing your amazing creation, and I really look forward to trying your other recipes! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2019

      I’m so happy you discovered our blog. Welcome! 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Aimee
    January 4, 2019

    Would this work with crab meat? Reply

  • Heidi
    December 20, 2018

    It’s a winner for sure! Had all the ingredients on hand. Great fats and proteins, low carb. It was a great recipe to substitute salt for ground kelp! Will put this in my favorite low carb recipes for sure! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 20, 2018

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Deepak
    October 22, 2018

    This is awesome !!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2018

      Isn’t it great?! Thanks! Reply

  • Anne Siperek
    October 5, 2018

    I’m going to try this today with canned chicken. Just picked up everything I needed at Aldi’s. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 5, 2018

      I hope you love it, Anne! Enjoy! Reply

  • Alla
    October 1, 2018

    I’m eating this awesome salad as I’m writing this comment! This salad is so delicious and light. Thank you for sharing this goodness:)! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 1, 2018

      My pleasure! Thank you for sharing this awesome review with us, Alla! Reply

  • Christine Bourgon
    August 29, 2018

    I just seen your recipe for avocado tuna salad recipe and I will try it tonight sounds yummy , sincerely Christine … Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2018

      Hi Christine! That’s so great! I can’t wait to hear all about it! Please let us know how you like it. Reply

  • Juan
    August 20, 2018

    Natasha, Thank you for sharing your recipes. I love it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 20, 2018

      You’re so welcome, Juan! I’m happy you are enjoying them! Reply

  • Candice
    August 17, 2018

    Love this recipe…I love to change it up with canned chicken breast and then roll up in a spinach tortilla…makes a fantastic wrap! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2018

      Oh that’s a great idea! Thank you for sharing that with me Candice! Reply

  • Sandi
    August 17, 2018

    OMG!, THIS WAS DELICIOUS. I ADDED SOME GREEN OLIVES, SO GOOD! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2018

      So happy you enjoyed that Sandi! Reply

  • Felisha Brazier
    August 15, 2018

    I blackened tuna steaks instead of using canned tuna, it was absolutely delicious. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 15, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Felisha! Reply

  • Karie
    August 5, 2018

    This salad was very good. I added grape tomatoes to it. I did not add any tuna until I add to a different bowl to eat. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2018

      Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Ronnie
    July 24, 2018

    Why do you list chunk light tuna in the recipe but show it both prepared and unassembled with cans of solid white albacore? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 24, 2018

      Hi Ronnie, you can use any variety of tuna that you have on hand. These are the ones we had when I photographed the recipe. Both will work well. Reply

  • Gail
    July 21, 2018

    I made this for dinner last night cutting it down for one.LOVE, LOVE LOVE this! I bet it would taste great with orzo too. Gonna try it next time. Thank you!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 21, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

      • Susan melero
        December 30, 2018

        can I use the Chicken breast instead of tuna and also not use sea salt and black pepper either I can”t use it either also I don”t do cilantro either. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 31, 2018

          That should work, Susan! I’d love to know how you like it with the chicken! Reply

  • Monica
    July 17, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I was wondering if I made this ahead for lunches for the week if the avocado would last, or if it would turn brown? Thank you! I am excited to make it and I love all your recipes! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 17, 2018

      Hi Monica, because the avocado will slowly start to brown, I would say not to make it more than 2 days ahead. The lemon juice will preserve the avocados and keep them looking fresh overnight but probably not much beyond that. Reply

  • Betty Feltman
    July 16, 2018

    Thanks for sharing. Love all your recipes.I think this would be good with can chicken too… Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2018

      What a great idea! Thanks Betty! Reply

  • Mike
    July 15, 2018

    Love it! Simple, fresh, and very tasty.

    Thanks for all the recipes, and this
    excellent website. Great directions, pics and videos, easy to navigate, and tons of flavor!

    Thanks to both of you!

    -Mike Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2018

      Thank you for the thoughtful review, Mike! I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying our recipes Reply

  • Wendi Paster
    July 13, 2018

    Great recipe! Thanks! I had most of the ingredients, so it was perfect timing to find this. I had a regular cuke, so I took out the seeds. I also had fennel so I finely to get rid of, so added some finely chopped stalks which added a nice crunch and tossed in the fronds. No lemons, so substituting lime was excellent. And then a little hot crushed red pepper (UTICA GRIND has no seeds!)
    A BIG hit. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2018

      Wow! That sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your spin on this dish! Reply

  • Chris
    July 12, 2018

    What is the serving size? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 12, 2018

      Hi Chris, there are 6 servings. the serving size is listed in the upper left side of the recipe card. The recipe card is located at the bottom of the post 🙂 Reply

  • Grace
    July 12, 2018

    SO GOOD! I can’t say it loud enough!
    Thank you, I will be making this again and again. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this! Reply

  • Kathleen
    July 10, 2018

    Could you substitute cilantro with something else. Not a fan of it. Maybe spinac , kale, etc.. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 10, 2018

      Kathleen, if you are not a fan of cilantro, you can use dill or chives/green onion. 🙂 Reply

      • Kathleen
        July 13, 2018

        Thank you Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 13, 2018

          You’re welcome! Reply

  • Sharon
    July 9, 2018

    What is the serving size for the nutritional value listed? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 9, 2018

      Hi Sharon, this recipe serves 6 people as a side salad. The nutritional value would be for 1/6th of the recipe. Hope this helps 🙂 Reply

  • Lisa
    July 1, 2018

    Wow, wow and wow! This salad was fantastic! I mixed the tunas. I used chunk light in oil and solid white albacore. I also added tomatoes. It was so yummy tasting and filling I made it 2 days in a row. A very nice change from the traditional salads. I will now try the avocado chicken salad. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2018

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). Reply

  • Joy Beeman
    June 28, 2018

    I used tuna in water and will definitely get the tuna in oil next time…maybe even salmon. This definitely tasted less fishy the next day too. 6 out of 10. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 28, 2018

      Thank you Joy. Reply

  • Brie Bash
    June 27, 2018

    I honestly could not have predicted how delicious this was going to be looks like I just found a regular lunch! Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2018

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Sarah
    June 25, 2018

    Hi! These look so good! I have shared this recipe in my post 12 Best Keto Meal Prep Recipes for #MealPrepMonday on Keeping It Keto. Thanks for much for your sharing your recipes with the rest of us! ♥ Keto On!

    xox
    Sarah Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2018

      I’m so inspired reading your review. Thank you! Reply

  • Amy
    May 25, 2018

    Thank you for a beautiful flavourful and nutritious salad. Quick and easy, the whole family loves it! Thank you Natasha. Reply

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