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Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats - A Family Feast

Southwest Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats

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


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.


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


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.