Bacon Tuna Boats (Mayo-Free!)

I am loving my lunch today. A bottle of Cherry Chia kombucha and these cute little Bacon Tuna Boats. My favorite element is the use of avocado in place of mayonnaise as a binder for the tuna salad. The creamy, mild flavor brings the salad together perfectly with that nutritious boost we love about avocados. Who doesn’t love a healthy tuna salad recipe? This one is light, fast and fresh!

Bacon Tuna Boats that are mayo free! | So healthy! Use avocado instead of mayo in tuna salad #paleo #paleodiet #glutenfree

10 oz tuna fish (I like this soy-free brand)
1/2 cup cooked, chopped bacon
2 scallions, thinly sliced (roughly 1/3 cup when sliced)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 rib celery, small dice (roughly a half cup)
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning Blend (or a seasoning blend you are comfortable with)
1 ripe avocado
squeeze of fresh lemon juice (about a teaspoon)
a few grinds of black pepper, to taste
2 English cucumbers

Start with your mis en place–slice the scallions, dice the celery and chop the parsley and cooked bacon. Open the cans of tuna fish and add to a large mixing bowl. Next add the scallions, bacon, celery, parsley and Mrs. Dash seasoning blend (or salt, MSG, gluten-free seasoning blend of your choice). Combine these ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mash an avocado with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (about a teaspoon) into a sauce that resembles guacamole.

Add the avocado mash to the tuna and combine well.  A few grinds of black pepper will finish the salad off, add according to your preference and mix one last time.

Bacon Tuna Boats salad on

For the cucumber boats, I removed the plastic and gave them a wash. I cut the cucumbers into 2-3 inch sections, then halved lengthwise. To make the “boat”, simply use a spoon to remove the seeded centers, leaving the flesh and skin of the cucumber in tact.

Fill each boat with bacon tuna salad and garnish with additional chopped bacon and sliced scallions, if desired.  This recipe will yield approximately 16 boats, depending on the size of your cucumbers.  Great appetizer material!

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  1. Danielle says

    These are sooo incredibly delicious!!! They may actually become a weekly staple. I did make a couple of variations (mostly based on what I had on hand):
    –only used 6oz Wild Planet albacore
    –Diced uncured pancetta (lightly sautéed, in place of bacon)
    –Red onion instead of scallions
    –2 ribs of celery & leaves (instead of 1)
    –Add 1-2 tsp oregano & red peppers

    We are these for lunch, plenty for 3 people & very filling. Thank you so much for the recipe!!

  2. Michelle says

    I made these for a Super Bowl party I went to. EVERYONE loved them! They were the first thing gobbled up. I made one variation – I used shredded chicken instead of tuna. Great recipe. Thank you.


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