When I tell people I made something “egg-free” and “dairy-free” they usually look at me in horror with a weird, scrunched-up face. Here’s how I solve that problem, I tell them that I added avocado instead. Cue faces of relief. The avocado makes this tuna salad creamy without the addition of mayo or hard-boiled eggs like some other tuna salad recipes call for. This might be something to keep in mind for those of you who can’t stand the sight or smell of mayo too.
Obviously, this is a tuna salad and still has animal product in it (i.e. tuna). I’m not sure if there is a good replacement for tuna for vegan or vegetarian folks. Do you know? We also added real cheese to our sandwiches, but you can just as easily use Vegan cheese or omit this completely.
This is a quick recipe to whip up any time you’re looking for something easy. Tuna lasts forever in your cabinet, so as long as you have some ripe avocados, you’re pretty much ready to rock. If you’re feeling extra lazy, double the recipe and save the leftovers for sandwiches or a lettuce salad later on. Simply pack the leftover tuna salad in a container, then place a layer of plastic wrap over it and push it down into the tuna salad (so the plastic is touching the salad). This will help prevent the avocado from oxidizing and turning that ugly brown color.