Quick and Easy Avocado Tuna Boats

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These quick and easy avocado tuna boats are the perfect solution for lazy days. There’s no cooking involved and there are almost no dirty dishes. Best of all, it comes together in less than 10 minutes for a simple savory dish your whole family will love!

 

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I absolutely hate throwing away food, so much. I have become very efficient at taking one ingredients from a recipe, and creating an entirely new recipe around that ingredient, just so I don’t have to throw it out. This talent is specifically for produce. Thanks to a precious avocado, we now have this upgraded, quick and easy amazing tuna salad recipe.

 

We all know that I have that always-looking-for-shortcuts nature, and if it’s something I can make fast that it also delicious, you bet it’s on my menu. If I can cut down on the number of dirty dishes, I’m all over it! Avocado skin makes the perfect vessel for serving the simple avocado tuna dish.

 

I know when most people think of tuna salad, they think of mayo, and a generally high fat, high-calorie dish. Just mix a can of tuna with some mayo and call it a day, right? I prefer a bit more of a complex flavor by adding some green onions, lime or lemon juice, and some cilantro. I understand that cilantro is an acquired taste (or sometimes never acquired), so I listed parsley as an alternative.

 

Is avocado and tuna healthy?

 

This recipe still has a considerable amount of fat in it, but it’s a good kind of fat. Avocados are nutrient-dense foods that have a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as unsaturated fats which help the body absorb nutrients from other foods.

 

Plus, if mayo just isn’t your thing but you want something to make your tuna smooth and flavorful, this recipe is for you. It’s gluten-free and Paleo, Keto, and Whole 30 approved, in case you’re on a diet. I’m not dieting and I still love it!

 

Lemon and seafood, whether that’s salmon, clams, oysters, and even canned tuna are meant to be together. Fancy, fresh, raw, grilled, or canned, lemon juice is seafood’s soul mate but lime takes it to the next level. Never had tuna salad with lime juice in it? Shame. But here’s your chance to try it!

 

You will love making this tuna salad when you want a light dinner or need to whip up something quick. Or when you have half of an avocado left.

 

You can absolutely put a scoop between two pieces of warm toast for a sandwich or on top of a salad, but I usually prefer to scoop this straight from the avocado ‘boat’ with some crackers because it’s just that good.

 

How to tell if an avocado is ripe?

 

Gently squeeze the avocado. When pressing the avocado, it should yield to a minimal amount of pressure if it is ripe. The skin should “give” slightly but should not remain indented. If the avocado feels mushy, it is overripe. If the avocado feels firm, it is not ripe.

 

How to remove an avocado pit?

 

Place the avocado on a work surface. Make a lengthwise cut, slicing until the blade hits the pit. Pick up the fruit and give it a twist. The two halves should come right apart. Pick up the half with the pit in it. Carefully whack the knife into the pit, then twist and lift it out. The safest, most comfortable way, however, is by scooping out the pit with a spoon.

 

How long do avocado tuna boats last?

 

Refrigerate the avocado tuna salad in airtight containers. Properly stored, it can last up to 3 days.

 

Tuna and avocado salad boats.

 

When I first made this tuna salad, I turned my back to rinse the empty tuna can so that it wouldn’t stink up the garbage. Well, in that few seconds, my husband had already scooped out most of the tuna and I returned to the bowl to find maybe a tablespoon left. Talk about a light dinner!

 

Because I’m an advocate of playing with your food and experimenting with recipes, feel free to adjust this one however you like. I know some people prefer some crunch in the tuna salad itself, so feel free to add chopped up celery and red onions as you please.

 

If you opt for cilantro and like a little kick, add some jalapeños in there too or crushed red pepper flakes. Something as simple as a can of tuna has endless possibilities, so add and remove as you please. Except for the lemon juice, I highly recommend that you do not take away the lemon juice in this recipe!

 

P.S. If you’re old enough, you might remember the infamous question Jessica Simpson asked her husband at the time, Nick Lachey, while eating tuna out of a can: “Is this chicken what I have or is this fish? I know it’s tuna. But it says chicken. By the sea.” The look on his face was priceless and every time I have tuna, I can’t help but giggle.

 

Quick and Easy Avocado Tuna Boats

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Quick and Easy Avocado Tuna Boats

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 2

  • 2 cans tuna in water
  • 2 large, ripe avocado
  • 3 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Drain tuna, reserving 2 tablespoons of juices.
  2. Halve the avocados and remove the pits. Cut the avocado flesh crisscross with a knife and then score it out using a spoon.
  3. In a bowl, gently combine all ingredients. Divide evenly between the avocado skins aka boats. Enjoy!

 

Lime, tuna, avocado, green onions, and cilantro make this delicious salad served in "boats".
Quick and Easy Avocado Tuna Boats
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
This delicious avocado and tuna salad is gluten-free, low in carbs, healthy, and quick and easy to make.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 2 cans tuna in water
  • 2 large ripe avocado
  • 3 green onion stalks chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste optional
Instructions
  1. Drain tuna, reserving 2 tablespoons of juices.
  2. Halve the avocados and remove the pits. Cut the avocado flesh crisscross with a knife and then score it out using a spoon.
  3. In a bowl, gently combine all ingredients. Divide evenly between the avocado skins aka boats. Enjoy!

 

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2012 and has been totally revamped and updated with new photos.

 

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    goatsandgreens
    October 19, 2018 at 9:10 am

    truly a yummy idea! I so love finding new ways to eat avocado!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Thank you! 😀

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    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    October 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

    A perfect recipe for my daughter. I’ll pass it on! xx Maria
    https://www.passionfruitpawsandpeonies.com

  3. Reply
    milkandbun
    October 19, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Love avocado, it is so delicious and healthy!
    Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! Hope you are having fun, eat food 😀 and visit other posts as well

    Have a nice weekend!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 21, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂

  4. Reply
    Lisa
    October 19, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    This recipe looks delicious and your pictures are beautiful! I found your site from the Saturday Sharefest! Have a great day!
    Lisa
    http://kevinandlisaauger.blogspot.com/

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 22, 2018 at 8:35 am

      Awe, thank you heaps, Lisa! Hope your week is wonderful! xx

  5. Reply
    Catherine Baez Sholl
    October 20, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I love avocado and this recipe is definitely a must try. Thanks! Found you on the Saturday Sharefest.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 22, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Many thanks, Catherine! 🙂

  6. Reply
    Ron
    October 23, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Grand idea, I’ve had canned tuna and avocados on toast, but never thought of stuffing the avocado. As for cilantro, yes please. Thanks for a great lunch inspiration.

  7. Reply
    FrugalHausfrau
    October 23, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I wish I would have seen this before I had lunch!! I’m always looking for a fun twist on the healthy avocado and always have some canned tuna in the pantry! This is so much better than tuna salad!! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    Mollie

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 24, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      You’re welcome, Mollie! It is super tasty, if I may say so myself. 🙂

  8. Reply
    Amy
    October 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I love the idea of avocado and tuna. It does sound healthy but it sounds like it would taste even better! Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 26, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks, Amy! Pretty tasty considering it’s made with just a few ingredients.

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