This simple recipe is the perfect combination of tastes, textures, and nutrients!
For many of us, eating something too much as a kid means we grow up to not like it. I think I brought a tuna sandwich to school more than any other lunch. I always said that when I grew up, I would never eat it again! That sentiment lasted for a while until I was introduced to the combination of avocado and tuna. Our avocado tuna salad is SO tasty that I’m back to eating tuna sandwiches multiple times per week. And I look forward to every single one!
The Perfect Flavor Combination
Tuna is only mildly fishy, which is why it can be used in so many different recipes. It offers a wonderfully rich flavor and a satisfying, flaky texture. When we combine the tuna with the subtle, earthy flavors of avocado, we get a match made in heaven. My favorite word to use when describing avocado is “buttery” because it’s really more about the beautiful creamy texture than it is about the taste!
This recipe is completed by the sharpness of red onion, crunchy bite of celery, and tartness of tomato that complement the light flavors of the tuna and avocado. The lemon juice and olive oil also come together to contribute a zesty flavor that also helps keep the tuna salad moist. Finally, the red chili flakes add a light bit of heat while salt and pepper enhance all the flavors of the salad.
Our Avocado Tuna Salad Offers Nutrients Galore
Tuna has become one of my favorite foods because of its satisfying taste and because it’s so healthy! It is an excellent source of lean protein, as it’s super low in fat. Additionally, tuna is rich in vitamin B12, which is important for a healthy nervous system and red blood cells as well as assisting the body in pulling energy from food.
Avocado is considered a superfood for multiple reasons. In addition to being an excellent source of healthy fats that can lower cholesterol, this creamy fruit is also a great source of fiber. Fiber will suppress your appetite and keep you full and focused for hours.
A few other ingredients worth mentioning are red onion, which promotes heart health and lowers blood pressure. Celery is a good source of vitamin K that’s necessary for bone health. Tomato offers a healthy dose of vitamin C, which promotes a healthy immune system and fights against sickness. Finally, olive oil is another source of healthy fats that reduce bad cholesterol and can even increase good cholesterol.
If the flavors and textures didn’t convince you to want to give this recipe a try, surely the incredible nutritional profile will!
A Deliciously Easy Lunch
The most difficult part of making this avocado tuna salad is waiting until lunchtime to eat it! Simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl until everything is mixed well. You can eat it immediately or let it chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
As I said, my favorite way to eat it is as a sandwich, on two slices of Oat Nut bread. However, you can also serve it with crackers, veggies, or over a bed of lettuce.
Avocado Tuna Salad
- 12 oz canned chunk light tuna in water
- 1 avocado mashed
- 1 red onion chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 1 tomato medium, chopped
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl until everything is well mixed.
- Serve with crackers, on a sandwich, or over a bed of lettuce.
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