Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime
I think this Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime is the perfect lunch on a hot summer day. And this tasty salad is dairy-free, gluten-free, low-glycemic, Paleo, Whole 30, and South Beach Diet friendly, and you could use less tomatoes if you wanted to make it lower in carbs! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
When it’s really hot outside, nothing tastes better to me than a salad like this Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime. The salad started as a lunch inspired by the need to use up some cilantro, but I added juicy cherry tomatoes, avocado, Italian tuna, and and a dressing with lime juice and it turned out to be a salad recipe I’m sure I’ll be making over and over.
I used my favorite Tonno Genova Italian tuna packed in olive oil, which is probably one of the reasons this tasted so good to me. This brand is much less expensive than the imported olive oil packed tuna, and after I found it last summer, I used it in so many salads and never got tired of eating it. And I used a generous amount of tuna in proportion to the other ingredients for protein and to keep the carbs relatively low, since tomatoes aren’t all that low in carbs.
For years I grew cherry tomatoes in my garden and had a hard time using them up when they started to ripe all at once, so if you’re having a cherry tomato explosion at your house, this salad is an easy and delicious way to use them. Of course I love the cilantro here, but for cilantro avoiders, I’d use use a little more sliced green onion!
Peel the avocado and dice into 1/2 inch pieces. (I used my new avocado tool, yaay!) Toss avocado with 1 T lime juice and season with salt. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Chop cilantro, slice green onions, and whisk together lime juice and olive oil to make the dressing.
Drain 2 cans of tuna with olive oil. (I greatly prefer this Genova Tuna in Olive Oil for this type of salad, but use any tuna you prefer.) Gently flake tuna apart with a fork. Put tomatoes into the bowl with the avocado, then add green onions and cilantro and gently toss. Then add dressing and gently stir in the tuna.
Season the salad with fresh ground black pepper (and a little more salt if desired and serve! The salad would taste great with Chipotle-Lime Deviled Eggs if you wanted something else. Or check out My Favorite Low-Carb Recipes with Tuna Packed in Olive Oil for more treats with canned tuna!
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Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime
This Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime would make a perfect lunch on a hot summer day.
- 1 avocado, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 T fresh squeezed lime juice
- salt to taste
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half (If you substitute larger diced tomatoes, I would drain them in a colander.)
- 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro (measure after chopping; use a little more green onion if you leave out the cilantro)
- 1/2 cup sliced green onion (more or less to taste)
- 2 cans tuna, 5 oz. can (see notes)
- fresh ground black pepper
- 2 T fresh squeezed lime juice (I like sour flavors, but you might want to use less lime juice if you’re not a huge fan of lime)
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil
- Peel avocado and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I used my new avocado tool.)
- Toss avocado with 1 T fresh lime juice. (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice.)
- Put avocado pieces into a plastic bowl and toss with 1 T lime juice.
- Season generously with salt. (I used Vege-Sal.)
- Cut tomatoes in half.
- Chop the cilantro and slice green onion.
- Whisk together the olive oil and lime juice to make the dressing.
- Drain tuna well, and flake apart slightly with a fork.
- Add tomatoes to the bowl with the avocado, then gently stir in the chopped cilantro and green onion.
- Add the dressing, stir to coat the ingredients, and then gently stir in the flaked tuna. (Don’t over-stir.)
- Season salad with fresh ground black pepper and more salt if desired.
- Serve immediately.
I love Genova Tuna in Olive Oil, but use any tuna you like for this salad.
This recipe created by Kalyn.
Low-Carb Diet/ Low-Glycemic Diet, South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Tomatoes are too high in carbs for this Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime to be a truly low-carb salad (unless you reduced the amount of tomatoes.) But this salad is low-glycemic, and it’s a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet and would also be Paleo or Whole 30 approved.
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