Quick Mexican Tuna Salad {GF, DF}

Tuna Salad with a Mexican flair! Skip the heavy mayo and make this tuna salad with avocado instead. 10 ingredients and tons of flavor. A perfect quick lunch or weeknight dinner. Gluten Free and Dairy Free. Ready in 20 mins with 30g of protein per serving! A perfect low carb Cinco de Mayo recipe! 

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Skip the heavy mayo and make mexican tuna salad with avocado instead. 10 ingredients tons of flavor. A perfect quick lunch or weeknight dinner. Gluten Free and Dairy Free. | avocadopesto.com

Tuna salad – love it or hate it? I personally love it and love having canned tuna on hand to make a quick and simple lunch or light dinner recipe. It’s just sooooo easy. You don’t need to do much of anything but you can still easily feed yourself something delicious.

This time around I didn’t want the same old boring mayo heavy tuna salad. I wanted to create a lightened up, reinvigorated tuna salad. A tuna salad with lots of life and vibrancy.

Cue Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore which has been my tuna of choice for years. I mean we might be going back to middle school here. My traditional Russian family did not exactly stock canned tuna in the pantry. So it was my childhood (and still best) friend A, who introduced me to this protein packed product. We would either buy tuna subs or make tuna and mayo sandwiches at her house.

But tuna mayo is boring nowadays. Right? A dated recipe.

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Skip the heavy mayo and make mexican tuna salad with avocado instead. 10 ingredients tons of flavor. A perfect quick lunch or weeknight dinner. Gluten Free and Dairy Free. | avocadopesto.com

I wanted something new. Something fresh, zesty, with a kick.

Hello Mexican tuna salad. The star ingredient here is, you guessed it Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore (in water) packed full of lean protein, healthy fat and important vitamins and minerals and made with wild caught Albacore. To learn more about Bumble Bee tuna head here.

Skip the heavy mayo and make mexican tuna salad with avocado instead. 10 ingredients tons of flavor. A perfect quick lunch or weeknight dinner. Gluten Free and Dairy Free. | avocadopesto.com

My go to classic Mexican themed ingredients included red pepper, black beans, lime, avocado, cilantro, red onions, jalapeno, and cumin, paprika and olive oil for seasoning.

Can you taste the flavor already? If you like your food spicy throw in a full jalapeno, I was certainly tempted to.

Everything in this recipe gets cubed, diced, chopped, mixed, stirred and thrown all together. No cooking necessary. Only one bowl and one cutting board needed. No fancy equipment and minimal clean up.

The final result is a super flavorful Mexican themed tuna salad which you can serve right in the hollowed out avocado shells themselves – come on it’s more fun that way. Those spices, that crunch, that smooth avocado, with the hearty tuna. Everything just blends together. The different textures with the contrasting flavors.

Bring with you to work for lunch or just eat as a simple no cook dinner. This dish comes together in 20 minutes and is the perfectly medley of flavors with high protein, low fat canned tuna.

So toss that tuna mayo sad sandwich aside and them this bright, vibrant and colorful feel good nutritious Mexican tuna salad instead. A perfect quick Cinco de Mayo recipe.

For more Cinco de Mayo recipe ideas check out:

Vegan Butternut Squash Tacos with Chipotle Black Beans {GF} –> {Pin it for later}

Vegan Taquitos with Lentils, Squash, Arugula and Avocado Cream {GF} –> {Pin it for later}

Mexican Spicy Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken {GF, DF} –> {Pin it for later}

Mexican Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps {GF, DF} 

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Vegetarian Breakfast Scrambled Egg Quesadillas {GF, DF}

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Skip the heavy mayo and make mexican tuna salad with avocado instead. 10 ingredients tons of flavor. A perfect quick lunch or weeknight dinner. Gluten Free and Dairy Free. | avocadopesto.com

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How to make tuna salad with avocado

Serves 1/4 of the bowl

Mexican Tuna Salad with Avocado {GF, DF}

Skip the heavy mayo and make lightened up Mexican tuna salad with avocado and veggies instead. 10 ingredients and tons of flavor. A perfect quick lunch or weeknight dinner. Gluten Free and Dairy Free

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 12 ounces Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper (1/2 red pepper)
  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 1/2 - 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 - 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine lime juice, olive oil and paprika. Mix until smooth.
  2. In large bowl combine remaining ingredients and mix.
  3. Top with dressing.
Recipe Type: Lunch
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https://avocadopesto.com/2016/02/25/quick-mexican-tuna-salad/

Nutrition

Calories: 391 cal
Fat: 19g g
Protein: 29.7g g
Fiber: 14.8g g

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32 Comments

Will this keep for a few days? I'm hesitant w/ any recipe with avocados because they browns so quickly. I am looking for a recipe I can make in bulk and eat for the week at work.
In that case I think the best thing to do is add in a little bit of avocado daily. So make and mix everything together without the avocado and just chop up the avocado in the mornings.
Delicious!!! I added some garlic and a bit more salt because I'm a salt fiend, but it was delicious before and after the slight change. Thank you for sharing!
I have a love-hate relationship with canned tuna... I like tuna salad in sandwiches purchased from deli but not made at home. If I am in the mood for a similar salad I usually use canned salmon. I bet these avocado boats would be just perfect if I used canned salmon instead of tuna
Yes you could totally use canned salmon instead! I am not normally a huge fan of canned tuna and don't eat it too often but every now and then it really hits the spot!
Yep, nothing better than to reach into the pantry and turn a humble can into something like THIS. Boring old tuna salad will never do though. Your kicked-up tuna salad looks and sounds amazing, and I love the idea of serving it in the hollowed-out avocado peel. How fun!