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Recipe for Tuna Avocado Salad with Cilantro

This recipe makes two generous servings. If this is just a snack or appetizer, you could cut each avocado in half to make four servings instead. Use a ripe avocado for this. You can test to see whether an avocado is ripe or not by pressing down on the thinnest end. If there is a fair amount of “give” when you press, the avocado is ripe. If you cannot press in the end, it is too hard to use. You can either peel the avocado or serve it in its skin. Obviously the skin is not edible but for the sake of presentation you might wish to leave it on.

Avocado, tuna, onion, cilantro and lime juice combine to offer plenty of health benefits. If you are especially looking for healthy tuna salad recipes, rather than the type of tuna salad containing cream or mayonnaise, this might be a good recipe for you. The creaminess comes from the avocado flesh, which is mashed with the rest of the ingredients, and the moisture comes from the addition of a little olive oil.

Use extra virgin olive oil for the best taste. You can use tuna packed in brine if you like, although that tends to be very salty. Tuna packed in oil should be drained before you use it, but a little will stay on the fish and that is fine.

Cilantro Tuna Salad Served in an Avocado
Summary: This unusual salad offers tuna, avocado, cilantro, red onion, lime juice, and parsley. The salad may be served in an avocado shell for a gorgeous presentation.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small can tuna in olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ finely chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish
  1. Drain the tuna in a colander, and then stir it with the red onion and cilantro.
  2. Use a fork to break up the tuna chunks.
  3. Whisk the lime juice and olive oil together.
  4. Cut it in half lengthwise, through the skin.
  5. Hollow out the avocado with a spoon, leaving the shell ¼ inch thick.
  6. Discard the stone.
  7. Sprinkle a little salt over the inside of the avocado shell.
  8. Mash the avocado with the lime juice mixture, and then combine this with the tuna mixture.
  9. Stuff half of the tuna mixture into each avocado half.
  10. Season with salt and pepper and serve, garnished with some fresh parsley.

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You can see how the delicious tuna mixture contrasts with the green of the parsley and avocado. This tuna salad recipe is a wonderful appetizer or lunch and it is a fine way to use up a ripe avocado. If you do not want to use the avocado shell for serving this tuna salad recipe, you can serve it in a baked potato, or simply in a bowl, instead. Choose medium-sized avocadoes and make sure they are ripe before you use them. If they are overripe and some of the flesh is brown, simply remove the brown parts. You will not see this after you have combined the avocado with the other ingredients anyway.

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