If I’m being perfectly honest with everyone, I’ve never really been that big of a salad fan. Sure, I’ve tried more than my share of salad recipes and thought they were pretty good, but it’s never been a ‘go to’ kind of option for me. Not until quite recently, that is. A couple of weeks ago I tried a keto friendly salad recipe that absolutely blew my mind and I just had to share it with you guys today. The recipe makes a quick and easy 7-ingredient keto avocado tuna salad that I wouldn’t mind having every day to be honest.
A Keto Tuna Salad That Covers All Of Your Nutritional Needs
Normally one of the biggest complaints that keto dieters have in regards to salad recipes comes down to the fact that they don’t always deliver in the protein department. This particular recipe is definitely an exception to that as using one single five ounce can of tuna provides you with about 35 grams of protein.
By the way, just in case you’re not looking to make tuna salad, here are some other keto friendly salads that are both delicious and nutritious as well:
- Low Carb Creamy Crab Salad (The Keto Queens)
- Keto Avocado Shrimp Salad with Bacon (My Life Cookbook)
- Keto Bang Bang Shrimp Salad (Health Starts in the Kitchen)
- Keto Thai Spicy Seafood Salad (Keto Vale)
- Keto Chinese Buffet Seafood Salad with Tilapia (Keen for Keto)
Now, back to the recipe!
On top of the protein content, tuna is also an excellent source of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin d, and selenium. There’s also the fact that it tastes downright delicious.
To go along with the tuna, this recipe also includes one single ripe avocado, which provides you with even more high quality healthy fat, on top of dietary fiber and disease fighting antioxidants.
You’ll also be needing ½ cup of chopped cucumber, ¼ cup each of chopped celery and green onion, and two tablespoons of either fresh parsley or cilantro. All of these ingredients add in even more essential nutrients that make this only healthy salad option indeed.
You’re going to want to add all of the above mentioned ingredients into a single bowl, along with one tablespoon each of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Mix everything together until it’s thoroughly combined and you’ll be all set to serve the salad. You can also optionally store your salad in the fridge for up to two days.
Seafood Suggestions Other Than Tuna for This Recipe
The great thing about keto salad recipes like this one is that they do indeed afford you quite a bit of flexibility when it comes to the ingredients used, so long as you adhere to a few basic keto guidelines that is.
Since everything else used in this particular recipe is either a great source of fiber and fat (the avocado) or a low carb green veggie, you can absolutely mix and match different types of seafood when making this salad if you aren’t a fan of tuna.
Solid substitutes include shrimp, salmon, or even crab. I’ve tried all three options with this salad recipe and they all turn out fabulously.
Canned Tuna vs. Fresh Tuna – Which is the Better Choice?
It’s actually pretty surprising just how different canned tuna is from fresh tuna. They differ in smell, taste, and even more interestingly, nutritional value as well.
Canned tuna is rather oily, with a somewhat firm and flaky texture. It’s also an excellent source of both heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. On the other hand, fresh tuna sort of resembles raw beef steaks, as it can range in color from a lightish pink to a darker red.
Fresh tuna also contains a higher concentration of healthy fatty acids when compared with the canned version.
The good news is that when making this particular 7-ingredient keto tuna salad recipe, you can feel free to use your choice of either fresh or canned tuna.
Easy Avocado Keto Tuna Salad (No Mayo)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- 1 (5 oz) can tuna, drained
- 1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped
- ½ cup chopped cucumber
- ¼ cup chopped celery
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt, black pepper to taste
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.