Tuna Stuffed Avocado Salad

Stuffed Avocado Salad

When it’s warm outside, there’s nothing better in the evening, or for lunch, than an entrée salad.  This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Mountaineer Days in Wrightwood, California.  After the event had shut down, Bus Boy and I decided to stop at the Grizzly Cafe for dinner before driving home.  He ordered his usual burger and fries.  I ordered a stuffed avocado salad.  This salad was amazing.  A half avocado was stuffed with my choice of tuna or chicken salad and was served on a bed of spring greens with seasonal fruit and my choice of dressing.  For days, I couldn’t stop thinking about this salad.  I wanted another one.  No, I craved another one, but Wrightwood isn’t around the corner.    I decided that I had to create my own version. Fortunately, I had found multiple avocados in my refrigerator.  I also had a delicious recipe for a Tuna Rice Salad that has a more delicate taste than traditional Tuna Salad.    It was time to create my own Tuna Stuffed Avocado entrée Salad.

Because I prefer a pure veggie salad, I left out the fruit for this version, except for the avocado.  Avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable.     The assembly was very easy.   I cut an avocado in half and peeled it.

Tuna Stuffed Avocado Salad
This is not the avocado I used in my salad. This avocado was used for some guacamole. Just ignore the bruises.  I forgot to photograph the avocado used for this salad. 

I chopped and sliced my vegetables which included lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, green onions, radishes and tomatoes.  I arranged a thin layer of lettuce on the bottom of my bowl then placed half of an avocado in the center with the indentation facing up.  I surrounded the avocado half with layers of the assorted vegetables, reserving the radishes and tomatoes for later.Tuna Stuffed Avocado SaladOnce the avocado was surrounded, I filled it with Tuna Rice Salad.   Then I surrounded it with radishes and tomatoes and sprinkled the top with a little Chile and Lemon seasoning.  If you’re not a fan of Chile and Lemon, a dusting of paprika will work as well.  Baker’s Man prefers his with paprika.    Tuna Stuffed Avocado SaladThe resultant salad was crunchy, creaming, and very satisfying.  I loved it so much that I kept making it over and over again until I had eaten my entire supply of avocados.  The best part was that this salad only cost $1.50 per serving.  This was a huge savings compared to the price of more than $10.00 that I paid for the restaurant version of this salad that inspired me.

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Stuffed Avocado Salad
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Recipe type: Entree Salad
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Serves: 2
 
This stuffed avocado salad was inspired by a trip to the Grizzly Cafe in Wrightwood, California. The salad is addictive because of the combination of the creaminess of the avocado paired with the crisp and fresh salad vegetables. It's sure to become one of your favorites. Total Cost of Recipe = $3.00 or $1.50 per serving.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium avocado, cut in half, peeled and with seed removed ($0.50)
  • 3 cups lettuce of your choice. (Baby greens, chopped romaine, or your favorite combination) ($0.75)
  • ½ medium cucumber, quartered and chopped ($0.25)
  • ½ cup juilienned, or shredded, carrots ($0.20)
  • 2 green onions, sliced (use white and green parts of onions) ($0.25)
  • 4 radishes, cut in half and thinly sliced ($0.10)
  • 1 tomato, cut into eighths from top to bottom ($0.25)
  • 1 cup of tuna or chicken salad (I used Patty Cake's Tuna Rice Salad.) ($0.70)
Instructions
  1. Arrange ½ cup of lettuce on the bottom of two deep plates or in a large, shallow, bowls
  2. Place ½ of an avocado in the center of each plate or bowl.
  3. Arrange remaining 1 cup of lettuce, ½ of the chopped cucumber, ½ of the green onions, and ¼ cup of julienned, or shredded, carrots around the outside of the avocado.
  4. Fill avocado with ½ cup of chicken or tuna salad.
  5. Arrange ½ of the radishes and 4 tomato wedges around the avocado.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the tuna or chicken salad stuffed avocado with chile and lemon seasoning or paprika.
  7. Serve with your favorite dressing. We really enjoy using a raspberry vinaigrette on ours.

Stuffed Avocado Salad

Nutrition facts are for the avocado filled with Tuna Rice Salad and served without dressing.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448
% Daily Value
Total Fat 27.2g
35%
Saturated Fat 5.5g
28%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg
29%
Sodium 300mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 41.9g
14%
Dietary Fiber 10.4g
37%
Sugars 7.6g
Protein 13.8g
Vitamin A 352%
Vitamin C 61%
Calcium 6%
Iron 13%

 

2 thoughts on “Stuffed Avocado Salad

  1. I have to try this idea of stuffed 🥑! I can think of all sorts of filling.. 🙂 and since you don’t really see the avocado, I am sure it is a tasty surprise when one digs into the salad!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ashima, thank you. You’re right. The avocado is a tasty surprise, but burying it in the lettuce and completely covering it with either tuna or chicken salad lets me pack these for lunches without anyone seeing any oxidation that might occur on the avocado. That ensures that they are eaten. I am so addicted to this salad. I could eat it almost every day for lunch.

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