Avocado Tuna Salad


Avocado Tuna Salad is anything but boring! It’s full of delicious flavors, a variety of bright colors and the perfect blend of textures. Lunch (or lazy dinner) just got a whole lot better!

Avocado Tuna Salad shown in a stack of three, served between sandwich thin buns, on a white plate

Avocado Tuna Salad Without Mayo

There’s no mayo in this healthy tuna salad recipe, yet it’s still delicious. I mean, there’s avocado so of course it’s delicious!

I don’t have anything against classic tuna salad — I still make it all the time! — but I was curious to see if it would still be good without it and this olive oil and avocado version definitely makes the cut!

Avocado Tuna Salad Ingredients

  • Canned tuna in water
  • Tomatoes
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Fresh parsley
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Avocado Tuna Salad mixture shown here. Tuna, avocado, red onion, yellow bell pepper, tomato, parsley, salt, pepper, olive oil.

How to Make Tuna Salad with Avocado

  • In a medium mixing bowl, add drained tuna, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, parsley, avocado, olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss mixture. Serve in sandwich thins or pita pockets, on toasted bread or as lettuce wraps.

How to Eat Tuna Salad

I like to serve this avocado tuna salad in sandwich thins. Bread, pita, wraps, croissants, and sturdy lettuce leaves are good options, too. Or even just eat it plain sans bun or wrap. It also makes a great salad topping, and can also be mixed with warm pasta for a tuna/pasta salad hybrid.

How Long Does Tuna Salad Last?

I don’t recommend making this easy tuna salad recipe too far in advance. It’s best served soon after making it, because the avocado will start to brown after a while and the juices in the veggies will break down.

So scale the avocado tuna recipe as needed if you don’t plan on serving to three people.

Avocado Tuna Salad in a serving bowl

Tips for the Best Tuna Salad

  • You can also make this healthy tuna salad recipe with canned or pre-cooked chicken.
  • Dice the vegetables fairly small so the tuna salad is easier to eat.
  • Buy tuna packed in water for the best flavor and fewer calories.

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Avocado Tuna Salad

5 from 3 votes

A delicious mayo-free avocado tuna salad made with olive oil. Full of bright flavors, a pretty variety of colors, and a nice blend of textures. Perfect for lunch or a lazy dinner.

Servings: 3
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 (5 oz) cans tuna in water, drained well*
  • 1/2 cup diced seeded tomatoes (2 small)
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper (1/2 medium)
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 medium avocado (not too soft), diced
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Whole wheat sandwich thins, pita pockets, whole grain bread or romaine lettuce leaves, for serving


  1. To a medium mixing bowl add drained tuna, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, parsley, avocado, olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  2. Toss mixture. Serve in sandwich thins or pita pockets, on toasted bread or as lettuce wraps.

Recipe Notes

*If you plan on eating tuna a few times a month I recommend using light tuna, if you only eat it once in a while then white albacore is fine. I say this because recent studies show canned white albacore has 3x the mercury levels as light tuna so it shouldn't be eaten frequently.

*Also if using the white albacore tuna mash it up in the bowl a bit first before adding other ingredients, it just has a better mouthfeel this way.

Nutrition is only for tuna salad, bread or wrap not included.

Nutrition Facts
Avocado Tuna Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 389mg11%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 730IU15%
Vitamin C 60.8mg74%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Avocado Tuna Salad
Calories: 214 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
Recipe source: inspired byOh That’s Tasty



  • Matt: :) July 31, 2018 at 10:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 star review! July 31, 2018 at 11:28am Reply

  • Oleg: ???? June 1, 2018 at 12:42am Reply

  • Betty seaver: Was delicious! I added dill to the tuna,great addition! May 21, 2018 at 11:54am Reply

  • Michael Spring: First of all,My name is Michael and I am a foodie.I also love to cook.Its a great hobby.I saw the salmon on a pinterest.I looks so good.I will be making this next week for sure I joined your websight and am I glade i did.the recipes look sooo good.Keep up the great work.I look forward to more of your food.Thank you for taking the time to do this.I applaud you. January 20, 2018 at 9:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Michael! January 20, 2018 at 11:37am Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Tuna salad has never looked better! :) Love all these vibrant colors and flavors! January 13, 2018 at 11:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Laura :)! January 14, 2018 at 10:09am Reply

  • Penny Barry: Recipe list says lemon juice. Written directions say like juice? January 13, 2018 at 6:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Not sure why I didn’t catch that in editing thanks for pointing that out, sorry! It’s lemon juice but really either will work sometimes I use lime juice in tuna salad if that’s what I’ve got :). January 13, 2018 at 7:55pm Reply

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