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Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats

Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats - Skip the mayonnaise and make this super delicious tuna salad!

Tired of the same ol’ tuna salad? Then look no further than our Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats!

Adapted from a recipe we found in this Whole30 cookbook, these Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats are a healthy and delicious update to a classic tuna salad lunch that everyone will love!

Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats - Skip the mayonnaise and make this super delicious tuna salad!

This mayonnaise-free salad is still creamy and delicious thanks to mashed ripe avocados and shredded, cooked sweet potatoes in the mix. Sliced scallions, lime juice, jalapeño, cilantro, mint, celery salt and Southwest seasoning add great flavor to this easy salad.

When ready to serve these Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats, place a scoop of the salad on a bed of Boston lettuce to keep your lunch lower-carb – or on your favorite sandwich bread if you prefer.

Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats - Skip the mayonnaise and make this super delicious tuna salad!

Just before eating, sprinkle your Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats with some chopped, pan-toasted cashews for a little crunch, and some additional lime zest for extra fresh flavor.

Even if you aren’t following the Whole30 program – you’ll love these Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats!

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Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats

Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats - A Family Feast

Note: Southwest seasoning can be substituted for an equal amount of ground chipotle chili pepper (or other hot pepper such as cayenne), paprika, onion powder and garlic powder.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

½ cup sweet potato, shredded on large holes of a box grater

¼ cup raw cashews, chopped

1 large or two small ripe avocados

1/3 cup sliced scallions, about three scallions

3 5-ounce cans white tuna, drained

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

3 tablespoons jalapeño, finely minced

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely minced

1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely minced

Zest from half a lime plus more for garnish

1 teaspoon celery salt

1 teaspoon Southwest seasoning *see note above

Boston Lettuce

Instructions

Place shredded sweet potato in a microwave safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water, cover and microwave two minutes. Drain off any remaining water and cool sweet potatoes.

Dry toast chopped cashews in a small sauté pan over medium heat until browned. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl place the meat from the avocado(s) with the scallions, tuna, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, mint, zest from half a lime, celery salt and Southwest seasoning.

Add the sweet potato and mix to combine.

Serve in lettuce cups topped with the chopped toasted cashews and additional lime zest over each portion.

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Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats - Skip the mayonnaise and make this super delicious tuna salad!

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