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Healthier Dijon Tuna Salad in Avocado Boats

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Fit Fluential and Bumble BeeA healthier tuna salad recipe using homemade mayonnaise and Dijon mustard.  Serve this salad in avocado boats for a protein and healthy fat-packed meal or snack.

dijon_tuna_salad_avocado_boat 3 graphicSince I started eating seafood again back in December, I have been pleasantly surprised by three things:

1. I love seafood, when I used to think I did not even like it <– It turns out you really have to try things before you can determine what you like!
2. Seafood is crazy easy to cook with.
3. Of all of the sea creatures in the market, tuna is definitely one of my favorites.

dijon_tuna_salad_avocado_boat 8Not only am I loving tuna because it is delicious and versatile, it is also super fab since it makes eating healthy extra easy.  And delicious.  Healthy is not fun unless it is delicious.

dijon_tuna_salad_avocado_boat 5Did you know that tuna is actually one of the healthiest animal proteins that you can eat?  It turns out that one serving has 13 grams of protein and zero grams of fat.  Plus, we cannot forget all of the amazing essential Omega-3 fatty acids that are packed into a can of tuna.  I definitely think it is true what they say about how the best things come in small packages.  Canned tuna packages, that is!

dijon_tuna_salad_avocado_boat 2Of course, tuna on its own is not nearly as exciting as tuna salad.  I never really grew up eating tuna salad.  We were more keen on tuna and noodles.  But when I began incorporating seafood back in last year, my body suddenly decided it was time to crave tuna salad.

dijon_tuna_salad_avocado_boat 4Whenever I make homemade tuna salad, I always try to incorporate healthier, whole ingredients.  I do this in the following ways:

1. I use homemade mayonnaise so that I can control what is in it.
2. I make my homemade mayonnaise with light extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil in order to incorporate even more healthy fats.
3. Instead of using all mayonnaise, I cut the mayo in half and add in Dijon mustard.
4. I add in celery for a little veggie action.
5. I serve it with plantain chips, in lettuce cups, or in my new favorite obsession: avocado boats!

dijon_tuna_salad_avocado_boat 9This is the epitome of a healthy lunch, dinner, or snack.  We’ve got protein, Omega 3’s, veggies, healthy fats, and plenty of flavor.  It is no wonder I rely on tuna salad rather frequently for easy meals and snacks.  It is also amazing to travel with since you need so few ingredients, and you can pretty much take tuna with you everywhere.

dijon_tuna_salad_avocado_boat 6Healthier Dijon Tuna Salad in Avocado Boats
Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole 30-Compliant

Serves 3


2 5 oz cans of Bumble Bee tuna packed in water (check ingredients for Whole 30-compliant ingredients, if necessary)
3 stalks celery, finely diced
2 TB homemade mayonnaise (I used this recipe for Paleo/Whole 30)
2 to 3 TB Dijon mustard
1 dill pickle spear, chopped
3 ripened avocados


1. Combine tuna, diced celery, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and chopped pickle.  Stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits.

3. Serve the tuna salad in the avocado halves, or “boats.”

dijon_tuna_salad_avocado_boat 7Whether you are dairy-free, gluten-free, Paleo, or just want a healthy, protein-packed option, tuna salad is for you.  I’d even go as far as to say that tuna salad could be your new breakfast buddy.  I like it alongside a couple of hard-boiled eggs as a fantastic way to start my day.

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To find out more about the health benefits of tuna, including recipe ideas, stop by the Tuna Strong page.

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Bumble Bee.

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  • Joanna @Makingmine July 14, 2015, 6:44 am
    Tuna was definitely a favorite of mine as a kid, and I've started eating it again. I should have Eleanor give it a try too! It's a pretty easy ingredient to work with! :) Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...a bridal fiestaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 8:31 am
      You should! I bet little Miss E would enjoy it :)
  • Emily @ Sinful Nutrition July 14, 2015, 7:09 am
    I think anything in an avocado boat is exponentially more awesome. Yum! Emily @ Sinful Nutrition recently posted...2-Ingredient Sweet Potato PancakesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 8:32 am
      I could not agree. Avocado makes everything extra delicious, right?
  • ARod July 14, 2015, 7:38 am
    Looks and sounds yummy. Will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks so much for sharing. ARod recently posted...craft part of room progressMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 8:37 am
      You are so welcome. I hope you love it as much as I do!
  • GiGi Eats July 14, 2015, 8:23 am
    Heart Eyes for the Bumble Bee Tuna! GiGi Eats recently posted...Carmen San Diego is So Jealous!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 8:38 am
      I know, right? It's yummy!
  • Kate July 14, 2015, 9:13 am
    I also do half dijon/half mayo! I'm loving the avocado idea too. I also wanted to tell you thank you. Seeing you change your diet in order to relieve health problems was the motivation I needed to do the same. It was hard and uncomfortable, but I am glad I got the courage to try something different in the name of health! Kate recently posted...The (uncomfortable) IBS postMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:49 pm
      Thank you for letting me know that, Kate. It has been hard, especially after receiving some criticism from others. But to know that it helped inspire you to do what is best for your body and your health makes it all worth it! I hope any changes you make result in positive outcomes :)
  • Liz July 14, 2015, 9:45 am
    Looks great! I love tuna and avocado. Pinned this for later ;) Liz recently posted...10 Creative Ways to Eat ChiaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:50 pm
      Thanks, Liz! They make for an awesome combo. I hope you enjoy it!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 14, 2015, 10:14 am
    Tuna is so misunderstood. It's so fabulous, but people always seem to keep it boring! No way! Spice it up with fun!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:51 pm
      Agreed!! Everyone needs to realize how awesome, easy, and delicious it is!
  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 14, 2015, 11:49 am
    I love avocado boats! Ok, well avocado anything... Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...Weekend Recap: Does This Even Count?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:51 pm
      It's hard not to, right? ;)
  • Mary July 14, 2015, 1:05 pm
    I too, am a tuna lover. I always resisted making tuna salad since I feared the ingredients in mayonnaise. So happy to find a healthier version.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:52 pm
      You will definitely like this version then. It is made with REAL food!
  • Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food July 14, 2015, 1:57 pm
    Why haven't I ever thought of eating things out of avocado boats!? I love it! Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food recently posted...Weekend Recap – A Day LateMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:52 pm
      They are so much fun... and delicious, of course!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 14, 2015, 2:21 pm
    You know I love your blog because I read this post and I do not like fish. haha For someone who likes fish it looks super tasty though! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Casual Summer PopoverMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:54 pm
      Maybe one of these days you will come around... I did! ;)
  • Erica July 14, 2015, 4:07 pm
    I'm trying to eat healthier these days and this looks so good. Thanks for giving me a lunch idea to add to the week! In my opinion, avocados are one of the best things in this world. :-)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:55 pm
      Tuna salad is the PERFECT lunch idea. I make a big batch on the weekends and I am set for lunches for the week!
  • Carly @ FitLiving blog July 14, 2015, 7:11 pm
    This post has me craving tuna! Which is weird because I never crave tuna haha. This looks so good and will have to make it for lunch this week! Carly @ FitLiving blog recently posted...4 Ways to Take Your Avocado Toast up a NotchMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 10:04 pm
      There's nothing quite like a good tuna salad! I hope you give it a try. I bet you will be craving tuna more often ;)
  • Kim@Kim's Cravings July 15, 2015, 5:17 am
    I love this idea! I've had chicken salad in an avocado boat, but never tuna. I've so got to give it a try. Tuna is definitely one of my favorite seafood varieties too. There are so many healthy options! Kim@Kim's Cravings recently posted...Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes with Creamy Dill Sriracha SauceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 15, 2015, 8:15 am
      Tuna is such a healthy option. I love it! You must serve your next batch in avocado boats :)
  • rachel @ athletic avocado July 15, 2015, 6:07 am
    mmmm love this idea for tuna salad!!! looks so yummy! rachel @ athletic avocado recently posted...Banana-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oatmeal CupsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 15, 2015, 8:16 am
      Thank you! I hope you give it a try. It happens to be a favorite of mine :)
  • Debbie squires January 6, 2016, 2:21 pm
    Looks yummy what are the calories in a serving please Thanks
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 6, 2016, 2:30 pm
      Thank you, Debbie! I do not count calories, so I am not sure. I am sure you could input the ingredients into an online calculator, though, and find out!

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