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Crunchy Tuna Salad with Avocado

Yesterday I wanted to keep it simple and easy and decided I’m going to have a tuna salad for dinner. And in the process of thinking about how to make this tuna salad a little more interesting, while plant paradox compliant, I came up with this idea and I loved it so much I decided to add this crunchy tuna salad recipe to the blog.

True fast food that is healthy for you

We are all guilty of thinking we don’t have enough time to eat healthy or to cook at home, so if we are super busy or in a rush we go for the easy fast food grab instead of a homemade meal. And I agree, cooking at home requires that you have some time in your hands. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to whip up something healthy, tasty, satisfying in under 10 minutes.

Canned fish can be a lifesaver in situations like these, so make sure you always have some in your pantry. Some options are wild, sustainably caught tuna fish, wild Alaskan pink salmon, sardines or herring. I usually prefer those who are canned in water or water with salt, because I doubt a good quality olive oil is used in canned fish. Plus, is better you add your own fresh ingredients and adjust them to your liking. When I buy fish in water, or water with salt, I use the juices because they provide nutrients as much as the fish.

For this tuna salad, I used a 3oz tuna pouch I buy at WholeFoods, which I combined with carrots, celery, avocado, red onion, black olives, avocado mayo from Primal Kitchen. You can buy this one on Amazon, at Whole Foods. If you have a Costco nearby they have the best price for it. Or, you can make it at home and that’s even better.

A great way to eat this salad is with romaine lettuce boats and so compliant crackers or chips. I think Barnana’s Himalayan Pink Salt – Green Plantain Chips are perfect for this. You can also make your own chips by following this guide How to Make Tostones (Double-Fried Green Plantain Slices).

Enjoy and as usual, I’d love to hear from you if you make this recipe.

Crunchy Tuna Salad with Avocado

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 1-2
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ready under 10 minutes, tasty and nutritionally dense


  • 3-4oz canned tuna, in water or water with salt
  • 1 small / medium carrot
  • 1 long celery rib
  • 1 very small red onion or half of a medium one
  • 1/2 avocado (use one that is still firm, but ripe)
  • a small handful of dry-cured Beldi olives, chopped (or use any black olives you like)
  • 2 tbsp avocado mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lime or lemon juice to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil, as much as you want / like
  • green plantain chips (or any compliant chips or crackers)
  • romaine lettuce boats (or you can use endives)



Chop all the veggies into small cubes.


Mix the tuna (using the juices too) with the veggies, avocado and olives. Add the mayo and extra virgin olive oil and season to your taste.


Eat with complaint crackers/chips and romaine lettuce or endive boats.


This can make 1 or 2 servings, depending on how hungry you are.

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  • Reply
    February 8, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Which olive oil brands do you recommend? I make pesto every week for my gf pizza… but typically use avocado oil. Thank you!

    • Reply
      February 10, 2019 at 9:34 am

      Hi Pamela, I know the feeling, we go through 1L of EVOO per week, so I always make sure I have a big can of olive oil in the house and I refill a bottle. Check my SHOOPING page, I updated the olive oil with all the details, inclusive a dicount code (it’s the first one on the list). xx

  • Reply
    February 15, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Claudia, Thank you for updating the olive oil on your shopping page. FYI, the promo code does not work on their site.

  • Reply
    February 17, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Great recipe! You don’t need to buy avocado mayo. It is SUPER easy to make.

    • Reply
      February 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I’ve been making home mayonnaise since forever (grew up in a country where mayonnaise was not found in stores), but sometimes convenience wins :))).

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