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Tuna Salad and Chickpea Stuffed Avocado

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Calories: 565
Tuna Salad And Chickpea Stuffed Avocado with pickled onions

Stuffed avocados, full of tuna salad and smoky chickpeas, are an ideal dinner for the dog days, when it’s too hot to even fire up the grill. Plus, they’re healthy, filling and fast.

Rich, Filling and Loaded With Healthy Fats, Say Hello to Stuffed Avocados

Creamy, cool and incredibly good for you, these stuffed avocados are one of our very favorite recipes. They really hit the spot in the summertime, when a cold-from-the-fridge dinner sounds extra good. You can mix up the tuna salad ahead of time, and even season the chickpeas in advance. That way, when dinner time rolls around, all you’ve got to do is split open a few ripe avocados, spoon in a little filling and dig in! They’re rich and creamy, textural and luxurious all at the same time and we know you’re going to love them. Serve them with good bread or a simple green salad—they’re sure to be a hit!

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Stuffed Avocados, Step 1: Buy Ripe Avocados!

We’ve all been there. You’re so excited to make guacamole, or avocado toast, or to just eat a perfectly ripe, creamy avocado straight off the pit. You slice it open and—wait. Why isn’t the knife sliding right through like it’s supposed to? Could it be?! Noooooooooooo! An underripe avocado strikes again! Overripe avocados are bummers, too. All those brown spots, well, they just don’t taste good. So, how do you pick the best avocado? Here are a few things to know about shopping for avocados:

  • They’re basically always in season! Avocados are in season in California from about March-September, and outside of that season, ripe avocados from Mexico are pretty easy to find.

  • Skin color isn’t always a perfect indicator of ripeness. Hass avocado skin goes from green to black as they ripen, but you can find a black Hass avocado that’s underripe (or overripe).

  • The best way to check for ripeness is just to give the avocado a little, gentle squeeze in the palm of your hand. It should have a bit of yield, but not too much—if it’s full-on squishy, move on to the next one. As always, practice makes perfect, so you’ll just have to make this stuffed avocado recipe super often! After a few weeks, you’ll be an avocado shopping pro.

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Avocado Filling #1: A Healthier Tuna Salad Recipe

Brimming with good fats, tuna and avocado make a perfect pair—particularly if you’re looking for a recipe that puts your cardiovascular health first! Avocados are beloved in the world of healthy-eating because they’re full of monounsaturated fats, which is a kind of fat that actually can help lower your LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), which is correlated with a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. Meanwhile, tuna fish is a fatty fish that’s full of another good fat—omega 3 fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fats are extremely important because they’ve been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve blood vessel function, and—just like monounsaturated fat—lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. So yeah! Tuna and avocado is about as healthful as a meal can get! Plus, it’s delicious. We didn’t want to add anything to this mix that might counteract tuna fish’s healthful nutrition profile, so instead of the classic mayo-laden tuna salad, we whipped up a much lighter version. Simply toss super high-quality canned tuna (water-packed, drained) with:

  • Yogurt

  • Olive oil

  • Za’atar

  • Fresh lemon juice

Avocado Filling #2: Smoky Chickpeas

Chickpeas are another nutrition powerhouse and we’ve added them to this stuffed avocado recipe for additional nutrients—protein! Fiber! Potassium!—as well as texture. Creamy avocado, meaty tuna and earthy, nutty, smoky chickpeas are a match made in dinner heaven. Simply take some canned chickpeas and season them with:

  • Garlic powder

  • Smoked paprika

  • Salt & pepper

Once you’ve mixed up your stuffed avocado fillings, you’re ready to load those avocados and dig in! We cannot think of a simpler, healthier hot-weather meal. Yum!

Tuna Salad And Chickpea Stuffed Avocado with pickled onions
Tuna Salad And Chickpea Stuffed Avocado with pickled onions

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Tuna Salad And Chickpea Stuffed Avocado with pickled onions

No-Cook Dinners Are The Best Thing About Summer

This one is probably debatable—after all, there are a LOT of “best” things about summer. But cold dinners like this stuffed avocado recipe are way up there on our list of favorite things about summertime. Only after a long hot day in the sun can a cold salad for dinner be truly satisfying. If you try these stuffed avocados, we’d love to hear about it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Tuna Salad and Chickpea Stuffed Avocado

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Calories: 565

Ingredients

  • 5 oz Good quality tuna
  • 4 tbsp Plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 2 tsp Za'atar
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup Chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 Large avocados, cut in half, pitted
  • 1/2 cup Loosely packed cilantro or micro greens
  • 2 Radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Quick pickled onions
  • 1/4 cup Feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Vegan chipotle sauce

Method

  1. In a small bowl, mix the tuna with the yogurt, olive oil, za’atar, and lemon juice.
  2. Place the chickpeas in a small bowl and season with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  3. Fill the avocado halves with tuna salad, seasoned chickpeas, cilantro, radishes, quick pickled onions and feta. Top with vegan chipotle sauce and serve immediately.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 565
  • Protein 39 g
  • Carbohydrates 31 g
  • Total Fat 32 g
  • Dietary Fiber 10 g
  • Cholesterol 39 mg
  • sodium 541 mg
  • Added Sugars 9 g

Tuna Salad and Chickpea Stuffed Avocado

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