Avocado Tuna Salad


This tasty avocado tuna salad with crunchy apple, toasted walnuts, celery, red onion, and dill proves that tuna salad doesn't have to be boring! The mayo is optional in this recipe - the mashed avocado will give it a creamy texture. Serve on top of greens, or enjoy it all by itself.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins

Looking for a quick and easy tuna salad that's perfect for lunchtime? This avocado tuna salad is the one for you. It's packed with flavors and ingredients that will keep you full. Plus, we have good news for the mayo-haters out there: This recipe can be made mayo-free thanks to the creamy avocado.

mid angle looking into avocado tuna salad cut in half and stacked on top of one another
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Avocado Tuna Salad Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this tasty avocado tuna salad:

Use your favorite brand of flaked light tuna.

Make sure the avocado is ripe for the best flavor — and to make it easier to mash.

Fruits and Vegetables
This tuna salad includes apples, red onion, and celery to add extra flavors.

Toasted walnuts add a little crunch and depth of flavor.

Pickle Juice
Pickle juice keeps the tuna salad moist, plus adds a briney flavor.

Dijon Mustard
Dijon mustard adds a savory flavor.

Spices and Seasonings
This tuna salad includes dried dill weed, cumin, salt, and pepper.

Mayonnaise (Optional)
If you like mayo in your tuna salad, then add it. If not, it's not required because the avocado will give the tuna salad its creamy texture.

How to Make Avocado Tuna Salad

This tuna salad made with avocado is incredibly simple to make. You'll find the full recipe below, but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Start by mashing the avocado, then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix together and serve over greens, on bread, or by itself.

How Long Does Avocado Tuna Salad Keep?

Avocado tuna salad will stay fresh for about three days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can You Freeze Avocado Tuna Salad?

Unfortunately, we don't recommend freezing avocado tuna salad. Even if you don't add the mayo to the salad (which can separate in the freezer), this avocado tuna salad won't freeze very well.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 2 (5 ounce) cans flaked light tuna

  • ½ red apple, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped red onion

  • ½ cup chopped celery

  • ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut avocado in half, scoop out the flesh into a large bowl, and mash avocado with the back of a fork or potato masher. Add tuna, apple, onion, celery, toasted walnuts, mayonnaise, pickle juice, dill, Dijon mustard, cumin, salt, and pepper; mix well.

    mid angle looking into avocado tuna salad cut in half and stacked on top of one another
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Cook's Note:

Leftovers should keep for several days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

274 Calories
18g Fat
11g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 523mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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