Avocado and Tuna Sandwich


Avocado and Tuna Sandwich on multigrain bread

I am a huge fan of tuna salad sandwiches – and I really love mayo as well…but let us be honest – mayo does not really love any of us back! I started thinking of what I could substitute for the mayo and still get a creamy tuna salad but not sacrificing flavor. A good ripe avocado is creamy and silky and does just the trick. Ripe is the key here though – you really need it to be soft. Also – start with an excellent quality tuna packed in olive oil (versus water) – I like Portofino. Adding in aromatics like shallots, celery and jalapeño also contribute to a more complex texture and flavor – but you can totally leave them out if they do not float your boat.


Serves:  2

Time:  15 minutes

1 very ripe Haas avocado
½ shallot, finely minced
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
¼ jalapeño, seeds and ribs included (if you like spice – remove if you do not), finely chopped
2 cans 4.5 oz Portofino Solid Albacore Tuna packed in Olive Oil
Juice of half lemon
1 tsp Tajín
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste


Cut avocado in half, removing pit. Toss in a bowl and mash until smooth. Chop shallot, celery, and jalapeño; add to bowl. Drain cans of tuna of excess oil (some can remain) and toss into bowl – breaking up with a fork. Add the juice of half lemon, Tajín and salt and pepper to taste.

canned tuna, cut avocadoes, jalapeños, celery and lemon on a cutting board Bowl of avocado and tuna salad

Serve on your favorite multi-grain bread to complete the healthy habit!


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