Avocado Tuna Salad

Happy New Year!

I hope you got to kick off 2013 with good food, great company and a bit of movement.

Because of the rain, we had a lazy day at home.  We spent the day cleaning up Christmas decorations and preparing dinner for friends. Daddy was in charge of breakfast while I went running, and we all had quick, easy lunches.

 [Breakfast: Oats with blueberries, pears and chia for everyone; 2nd Breakfast for me: Scrambled eggs with feta and avocado; Lunch: Toast “pizza” for L, Avocado Tuna Salad over greens for me + Kombucha (my first!); Snack: Cashews and raisins + dark chocolate chips, clementine+ string cheese for L]

The Avocado Tuna Salad is something I’ve been making a lot lately.  In place of mayo, I mash avocado and add a splash of lemon juice.  I think it’s even better than the traditional version, and really simple.  It makes 2-3 servings, but you could easily double the recipe for more.

Avocado Tuna Salad  (print recipe)

  • 1 can tuna (I use this one)
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, diced finely
  • 1 scallion, diced (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, or about 1/2 small lemon
  • salt, pepper and paprika to taste

Mash the avocado in a bowl, then add all ingredients and combine.  Serve on bread, lettuce, crackers or as a dip for veggies.

We rang in the new year with traditional Pennsylvania pork and sauerkraut and potatoes.  It’s a delicious way to kick off the new year!

Do you have traditional foods that you eat on New Year’s Day?  Did you squeeze in a workout to kick off 2013?



70 thoughts on “Avocado Tuna Salad

  1. I haven’t established any NY traditions yet! But sleeping 14 hours was pretty wonderful. I was informed that lentils are an Italian New Year’s food like black eyed peas – which sounds awesome to me since I am not a fan of them! I am soooo trying the avocado tuna salad. I LOVE tuna, but hate that mayo/miracle whip is so fattening. Thanks!
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  2. I had almost the EXACT same salad yesterday, except I did it with chicken and I mixed the avocado with some Greek and smoked paprika. Love that creaminess! Your NYE salad looks good too with all those pomegranate arils and beets. Happy 2013!

  3. No traditional foods or traditions at all for New Year’s Day …although, we all pretty much were couch potatoes for most of the day so it has me thinking that I should start a new tradition that involves NOT watching TV on New Year’s …and NO electronic toys too..SHOOT..now, I have to wait a year to try that out! ha!

  4. I love the idea of using avocado to bring together everything in tuna salad. Brilliant! We spent the day cleaning up Christmas decorations too and lunch at a friend’s house – bagels and lox. Typical New York, huh? I can’t believe your marathon is so soon!! You are going to do so great.
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  5. Okay, definitely trying your tuna salad! I don’t know why I haven’t ever thought to mix in avocado before, but that sounds brilliantly divine!!! No special New Year’s meals (we went with pizza) but I did get a lower body weight lifting session in to start 2013 with a burn!
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  6. I love traditions, and am very fond of coming up with my own. My husband and I are both of Irish descent so I make Irish Soda bread and bake a coin into it… the person who gets the coin is supposed to have good luck all year (Adapted from the greek bread and tradition of Vassilopita) Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all of the amazing information you sent me. You’re the best!!
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  7. Happy New Year Laura! That tuna looks amazing as usual. Gosh that marathon is just around the corner. I’ve been wanting to do the black eyed pea thing for New Years but never plan in advance then can’t find them in the store. Ha! Maybe next year!
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  8. I love the substitution of avocado for mayo in the tuna salad! I’m going to have to try that out next time I have tuna salad sandwiches. The salad with the pomegranate dressing looks so good – I could dive right into it! Happy New Year! 😀

  9. That tuna salad sounds delicious as I love avocado!

    My family always did black-eyed peas for the new year when I was growing up. However, my husband doesn’t like them so some years I do them for myself for lunch and some years (like this one) I’m not organized because of holiday traveling.
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  10. Yum! Avocado in the tuna looks so good! I hate mayo and usually just use greek yogurt but avocado sounds awesome! Growing up, on New Years day we would have Tamales or Black Eyed Peas. Last year we did a tamale dinner at our house but skipped that this year and just did appetizers.
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  11. Mental note to stop reading your blog pre-dinner! Everything looks sooooo good. Great meal idea and I love the idea of tuna and avocado together. Definitely one for me to try!

    I too am going to use my 5bythe5th for my tempos and hopefully make some improvements with my tempo times over the 5 months… well thats the goal anyway!

    Good luck for final race preps. You will do an amazing job and I can’t wait to read about it! :=)
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  12. We always do black eyed peas on New Years day. I added greens a few years back, as I read that ‘beans and greens’ is supposed to bring luck and wealth, and, yes, I’ll take both. One of these years it’s going to work. 🙂

    I’ve made a similar salad with chickpeas and avocado. I saw a Pinterest egg salad with avocado that’s on my ‘to make’ list too.

    Happy New Years Laura! I haven’t been the best commenter (or blogger) lately, but I read each of your posts. Your blogging motivation and general all around motivation is inspiring.
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  13. I have been wanting to try the avocado tuna thing since I heard a commercial for it on the radio – sounds even more delicious in your recipe. Best of luck with your marathon! I commend you for being able to train with a young one at home!

  14. Wow! Great salad idea! I’ve been eating pre-made Tuna salads from a can (spanish salad, thai salad etc) and have been looking for a new alternative bc I’m so bored with my usual lunchs – thanks for the idea and recipe!

  15. Recipe looks & sounds delish! Way to get in your runs! This weather has been gloomy and awful! Right? Come on Sunshine!!

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