Tunacado Sandwich

Tunacado Sandwich Recipe

Ah, the sandwich! It’s a lunchtime staple, isn’t it? But there are sandwiches, and then there are sandwiches. You know, the ones that make your taste buds dance with delight, have a rich texture, and somehow manage to strike the right balance between wholesome and delicious? Welcome to the world of the Tunacado Sandwich. It’s where creamy avocado meets the rich texture of tuna, and they both dance together under a symphony of seasonings and the soft embrace of bread. My kitchen adventures led me to this creation, and let me tell you, it’s been a revelation!

Recipe Ingredients:

  1. 1 can (5 oz.) of albacore tuna, drained and flaked
  2. 1 ripe avocado, pitted and mashed
  3. 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  4. 1/4 cup of finely chopped red onion
  5. 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
  6. 1/4 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
  7. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  8. 4 slices of whole grain bread (or your choice of bread)
  9. Lettuce leaves (optional)
  10. Sliced tomatoes (optional)
Tunacado Sandwich

Ingredient Notes:

In my culinary journey, I’ve realized that ingredients are the stars of any dish. Let’s give them the attention they deserve:

  • Tuna: Always go for albacore tuna. It’s richer in flavor and gives that meaty texture we love. If you’re a sustainability aficionado like me, look for labels that confirm sustainable fishing practices.
  • Avocado: A ripe avocado is crucial. It should yield to gentle pressure, but not too soft. It adds creaminess without the need for mayo – a win for our health!
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed always trumps store-bought. It adds a burst of zesty freshness.
  • Red Onion: They add a punch without being too overpowering. If you’re in for an adventure, try pickled onions for a tangy twist.
  • Bread: I vouch for whole grain bread – it adds a nutty flavor and is a healthier choice. But feel free to swap with gluten-free or any artisanal bread for varied flavors.

How to Make Tunacado Sandwich Recipe

  1. Preparation: Begin by prepping all your ingredients. This means mashing your avocado, chopping your onion, and flaking your tuna.
  2. Mixing the Fillings: In a mixing bowl, combine the tuna, mashed avocado, lemon juice, red onion, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mix until all the ingredients are well-integrated.
  3. Assembling the Sandwich: Lay your bread slices flat. Spread the tuna and avocado mixture generously on one slice. Top with lettuce leaves and tomato slices if using. Place the second slice on top.
  4. Serving: Cut the sandwich diagonally for that bistro touch and serve immediately.

Serving Instructions:

This sandwich is best served fresh to enjoy the creaminess of the avocado and the crispness of the bread. Pair it with a side salad or some kettle-cooked chips for a full, satisfying meal. A light iced tea or lemonade complements the sandwich wonderfully.

Storage and Freezing Instructions:

  • Storage: If you have leftover filling, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it within 1-2 days.
  • Freezing: While the tuna mixture can technically be frozen, I wouldn’t recommend it. Avocado tends to become watery and loses its creamy texture once thawed.
Tunacado Sandwich

Tips to Make This Recipe:

  1. Seasoning: Always season at the end. This allows you to adjust the salt and pepper to your taste.
  2. Texture: If you prefer a chunkier texture, mix the ingredients gently, ensuring some avocado chunks remain.
  3. Enhance Flavor: For an extra layer of flavor, add a dash of hot sauce or some finely chopped pickled jalapeños.
  4. Cooking: If you like a crispy sandwich, toast the bread before assembling. It adds a delightful crunch against the creamy filling.
  5. Freshness: Ensure your tuna is well-drained to prevent a soggy sandwich.


Frequently Asked Question:

Can I use canned salmon instead of tuna?

Absolutely! Canned salmon can be a delicious alternative in this recipe. Just make sure to flake the salmon and mix it well with the avocado for a harmonious blend of flavors.

Can I replace the red onion with sweet onion?

Of course! Sweet onion can add a milder flavor to the sandwich. You might want to use a bit less than the recipe calls for, as it’s sweeter than red onion.

Can I make the filling ahead of time?

While it’s best to assemble the sandwich just before eating, you can prepare the filling a few hours ahead. To prevent browning of the avocado, cover it with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the mixture to minimize air exposure.

How do I prevent the sandwich from becoming soggy?

To keep the bread from getting soggy, you can lightly toast it before adding the filling. Additionally, make sure your tuna is well-drained and your avocado isn’t overly ripe and watery.

Can I add other ingredients to the filling?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile. You can add diced cucumbers for crunch, grated carrots for color, or even a touch of Dijon mustard for a tangy kick. Just be mindful of the overall balance of flavors.

Can I use a different type of bread?

Certainly! While whole grain bread is recommended for its nutty flavor and health benefits, you can use your favorite bread – from crusty baguettes to soft ciabatta – to suit your taste and preference.

Tunacado Sandwich

Tunacado Sandwich

Ah, the sandwich! It’s a lunchtime staple, isn’t it? But there are sandwiches, and then there are sandwiches.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 2
Calories 340 kcal


  • 1 can 5 oz. of albacore tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 ripe avocado pitted and mashed
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of whole grain bread or your choice of bread
  • Lettuce leaves optional
  • Sliced tomatoes optional


  • Gather and Prep: Begin by collecting your ingredients. Pit the ripe avocado and mash it in a bowl with fresh lemon juice. Drain the canned albacore tuna and flake it into the bowl. Finely chop the red onion and cilantro.
  • Mixing and Seasoning: Combine the mashed avocado, flaked tuna, chopped red onion, cilantro, salt, and black pepper in the bowl. Mix everything thoroughly until the flavors meld together harmoniously.
  • Assemble: Lay out your chosen slices of bread. Generously spread the tuna and avocado mixture onto one slice, ensuring even coverage. Optionally, place lettuce leaves and sliced tomatoes over the mixture.
  • Top and Close: Gently place another bread slice on top to encase the filling. Press down slightly to ensure all the components hold together.
  • Serve: Cut the sandwich diagonally for a visual flair, and your Tunacado Sandwich is ready to enjoy!
Keyword Avocado and tuna combo, Healthy tuna avocado sandwich, No-cook sandwich ideas, Quick and easy lunch recipe, Wholesome sandwich for lunch

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