photo 3We all know how healthy tuna is.  We also know how healthy avocado is…

That reminds me of this time I had a huge crush on this guy.  He was very tall, very handsome, and in very good shape.  He also became semi-famous about 5 years after this story, but that is neither here nor there.  So, after a couple initial awkward flirtations, I decide this one night I was sure to see him that I was really going to put on the charm and get him to ask me out.  I’m all smiles and he’s all swagger.

Hot guy I used to know: “So, what did you do tonight?”
Me, trying to be cool: “Just had dinner with a friend.”
Hot guy wanting further information: “What did you have?”
Me, excited he’s interested in something food related: “I had their roasted chicken and avocado burrito.”
Hot guy surprisingly declares: “Oh, I don’t eat avocado.”
Me, astonished: “Uh, why? It’s so healthy and delicious!”
Hot guy getting less hot by the minute: “It’s too fattening.”
Me, completely turned off: “Um, ok.”

I kid you not, I decided in that moment that this little crush I had was over.  I don’t even know if he was really interested, but any guy that is so obviously neurotic and vain that he doesn’t even eat healthy fats like avo, is not the guy for me.

Prior to my current love, who is gloriously open to most food and thinks anything I cook is good even if I think it’s terrible, I was plagued with boyfriends that were unadventurous eaters.  One guy literally wanted to sit further away from me because he was so grossed out that I was consuming sushi.  That one didn’t last long either.

Good food is one of the great pleasures in life, and what a sad existence it would be to purposefully limit and deny yourself all the amazing food in the world.

Okay.  Back to this yummy tuna salad.  Tuna salad has been done.  Overdone.  Most of the time is a slimy mess of thick mayonnaise, under-seasoned and underwhelming.  Not to mention that drowning tuna in mayo kinda negates the health factor.  This recipe is none of these things.  Substituting most of the mayo with avocado gives it creaminess without the saturated fat.  And then you make it even healthier with a whole zucchini grated in there.  Zucchini has such a mild flavor and great crunch when raw, so it’s perfect to add here.  Really gives it needed texture.

Scoop all the goodness out of a whole avocado, add a tablespoon of mayo, then salt and pepper it.

photo 2Then mash!

photo 3Grab that zucchini and grater.

photo 1And grate away.

photo 4

Add grated zucchini and 3 cans of tuna to the bowl.

photoThen mix it all up.

photo 1Check for seasoning.  You will need to salt and pepper it some more.  Then spread on some toast, scoop it onto a salad, or, as I like to do, eat with some whole wheat crackers.

photo 4Now, stuff your face!

Grated Zucchini and Avocado Tuna Salad
1 whole avocado
1 tablespoon mayonnaise (I like grapeseed oil kind)
3 5-ounce cans of tuna (I use a mix of yellowfin in olive oil, and albacore in water)
1 whole zucchini, grated
s&p
whole wheat crackers for scooping (optional)
other good stuff you can add: minced onion, tomatoes, jalapeños, sriracha

Scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl and add mayo, salt, and pepper.  Mash to combine.  Add grated zucchini and tuna.  Stir.  Check for seasoning.  Eat.