Avocado Tuna Salad with Spinach
Perfect for a quick and light lunch or dinner, this protein packed Avocado Tuna Salad with Spinach will get you back into warm weather clothes comfortably in no time.
I’ve been slightly obsessed with avocados lately. I can’t get enough of them really. A couple of months ago my mom brought me a few of hers from her Costco haul and stuck them in my fridge…I was skeptical of how they would keep but I have to tell you, it has been a game changer. They keep well and longer in the fridge and I just try to remember to pull out my avocado at least a few hours before I’m going to use it to get it down to room temperature.
Another game changer? This green little gadget. I’m not one to collect gadgets unless they are super practical…this avocado cutter/pitter/slicer is amazing. (I won it in a giveaway years ago and just came across it unopened, so glad I did!!)
Is tuna good with avocado?
YES! I love using avocado as a healthier substitute for mayo in tuna salad. To make avocado tuna salad all you do is combine tuna, avocado and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash together with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Delicious.
I’ve been adding avocado to salad recipes like this Spinach and Arugula Citrus Salad and smeared on toast like this Avocado Feta Toast with Zaatar for a while, but recently I tried mixing it with tuna as a mayo replacement and for an extra nutritional protein boost. Yet, another game changer. If you love avocado and tuna you will love this recipe (or should I say “non-recipe”)! Throw it on a salad like this Avocado Tuna Salad with Spinach or on some multigrain bread or with some crackers. It’s a great (quick) protein packed lunch (or dinner) option.
Nutritional note: don’t be afraid of the fat in avocados. Avocados are full of MUFAS (monounsaturated fatty acids) and our bodies need and benefit from them in countless ways.
(More benefits of avocados found here.)
I’m always looking for ways to add more avocado to my life and this Avocado and Three Bean Salad and this Smoky Cucumber, Radish and Avocado Salad are high on my to-make list!
Avocado Tuna Spinach Salad
Perfect for a quick and light lunch or dinner, this protein packed Avocado Tuna Spinach Salad will get you back into warm weather clothes comfortably in no time.
For the Avocado-Tuna Mix:
- 1 can chunk light tuna, drained well
- 1 small avocado, sliced
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
For the Salad:
- fresh spinach leaves
- carrot matchsticks or shredded carrots
- mini sweet peppers, sliced
- sliced almonds (not pictured, optional)
- drizzle of olive oil and splash of balsamic vinegar
- In a small bowl combine tuna, avocado and lemon juice by mashing together with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.
- In 2 salad bowls add spinach leaves, carrots, sliced peppers and sliced almonds. Divide avocado-tuna mixture into both salads. Dress your salads to your liking with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Go easy on the olive oil to save calories!
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That’s such a smart idea to keep them in the fridge!! I have the worst luck with avocados. Love this salad!
Oooooo I love my avocado slicer. Thanks for reminding me to add these green guys to my grocery list and great tip about the fridge too!
LOVE this, Aggie! Gorgeous colors, and my kind of ingredients. Looks great!
Sounds like the perfect lunch!
We LOVE avocados here! Maybe it’s a Cali thang? We eat them by the buckets..hahah
Avocados are my favorite!!
I love this idea, Aggie. I’m all about avocados but never once thought to combine them with tuna. I have (and love) that OXO avocado slicer. All those OXO gadgets are so cool!
Aggie, do you have a simple vinaigrette recipe for one?
Hi Tracey, I usually just mix a tablespoon (or two) of olive oil with equal amount of vinegar (balsamic or red wine), sometimes I add a spoon tip of mustard or honey depending on what mood I’m in. You could add a small pinch of salt and pepper or dried Italian herbs to it too. I like to use small jelly or mason jars or a small tupperware to shake it up. I love making vinaigrettes with empty jelly or mustard jars and use up the remnants for flavor, I just stick to the equal parts oil and vinegar and adjust the rest. I like vinegar but most vinaigrettes usually have a bit more oil in them so it’s up to you.
Hope that helps! 🙂
Yes, that does..thank you!!
This really is a power salad… and I love your avocado slicer!
I love avocados and tuna, must try this recipe. Salads are my obsessions specially during the hot weather.
Yum! Love this combo, Aggie, but never thought to try it!
This is a great, simple recipe! I hope you don’t mind that I’ve added it to my list of easy-to-make veggie recipes on my blog (pointing people here of course). You can find it here: http://wp.me/p4h8e5-6c Hope that’s ok!
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Hi, gorgeous photos! This avocado tuna spinach salad is definitely healthy salad. Avocado rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium. That’s why i prefer avocado:) Thx for sharing!
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We love this one Aggie!
I love this recipe! Avocado fruits are full of healthy fat and vitamin and thus a brilliant choice to add to your daily meal
Hey there, I’m a huge fan of avocado and this avocado tuna spinach salad look way awesome!
how many calories in this meal??
Hi Lizzie, I have not calculated calories for this meal but My Fitness Pal is a great nutrition calculator to use. It’s easy and I use it often. Thanks!
I have to admit to having been quite skeptical of the avocado-tuna combo, but it really does work well after all. I’m not a fan of balsamic, so used lemon and olive oil on the spinach and carrots. Quite a tasty and nutritious lunch. Thank you for sharing it!