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Healthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.com

Yes, I went there – I took tuna salad and loaded it with a bunch of fruit, drizzled with tangy homemade full fat yogurt dressing and added a big handful of dill. Now I can eat tuna salad.

Here is my beef with canned tuna – it is dry and flavourless. I’m not like my 10 year old who can eat tuna straight from the can, I think it is bizarre. I buy a 6 pack of tuna at Costco for kids’ lunch purposes only. I mix it with Simply Natural Organic Ceasar Salad Dressing and make a wrap.

Healthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.comHealthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.com

However, during my Sunday grocery store trip I realized we have exactly two weeks at home before we are gone for a month. Which means I didn’t restock on baking powder and lentils, rather decided to finish eating what we have at home right now. Like 2 tubs of vanilla yogurt, big tub of grass fed plain yogurt, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, ripe avocados and going bad mango.

No, I wasn’t concerned about tuna’s shelf life.

Healthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.com

On Sunday, at a birthday party, I had a conversation with another Ukrainian woman who works at Superstore about how much we like the store and how fast is their products turnaround. Yes, I can talk about groceries forever. She mentioned how some people are concerned about expiry dates of products. This mention made me think “when was the last time I checked an expiry date on a product?”. You know, honestly, except for dairy, there is nothing to check for expiry in my shopping cart. It proves one more time that buying real food is way more simple and healthy: looks and feels good to me – I buy it. I never check for expiry dates at Costco because why? It is all cans, bottles and dry goods that are OK, they are fine. Plus Costco’s turnaround is so fast and reputation so good. So.

Healthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.com  Healthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.com

While making slaw for easy shrimp tacos last week, I discovered that using full fat plain yogurt in the dressing eliminates any need for mayo (I love my avocado mayo but I like simple recipes even more). Low fat product days are over! O-V-E-R. I still see some recipes and labels screaming “low fat”, which makes me smile. Someone’s marketing is not up to date. Even gluten free fad is slowly dying, thank God! Can we finally go back to eating normal real food without extracting anything out of it? I admit, I went through all of these BS fads myself and this is why I’m telling you it is BS.

EAT REAL FOOD! ALL OF IT!

Healthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.com

My healthy tuna salad recipe turned out fantastic. See, I juiced it up with apples, cucumbers and mango. Then I made tuna salad with avocado creamy with healthy fats. A handful of greens and a generous 1/2 cup of fresh herbs, poured a cup of my healthy creamy Greek yogurt dressing with simple ingredients like Dijon mustard, honey, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. And voila. I served my avocado tuna salad with mashed potatoes made with organic kefir (buttermilk) and garlic – traditional Ukrainian and very classic American.

Healthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.com

This entire salad bowl was gone in a day, all of it. Kids gobbled everything up, the fact that sent electric shockwaves through my body from a thought how many vitamins and nutrients they ate (I experienced similar reaction when I heard my cleaning lady vacuuming for the first time). Alex couldn’t stop raving about dinner – I went for a late night 5K walk combined with grocery trip (milk for cereal and pistachios for THE BEST spelt flour chocolate bread I came up with – just wait), and came home to listen to his rave reviews about dinner. So, it was that good! I made the salad around lunch and even by 8 PM (when Kyle and Alex got back from hockey) it didn’t become soggy or watery.

Finally, everyone can enjoy a tuna salad! Enjoy!

Healthy tuna salad with avocado, mango, spinach, apple, celery, and homemade easy Greek yogurt dressing without mayo. | ifoodreal.com

Tuna Salad With Avocado and Mango

Yield: 6 medium-large servings

Tuna Salad With Avocado and Mango

Ingredients

    Tuna Salad with Avocado and Mango:
  • 2 handfuls spinach, spring mix or arugula
  • 1 large ripe mango, diced
  • 3 medium avocados, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 1/3 long English cucumber, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dill, parsley or cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 cans tuna packed in water, well drained
  • Greek Yogurt Dressing:
  • 1 cup plain or Greek full fat yogurt*
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp garlic or onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add all Tuna Salad with Avocado and Mango ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together Greek Yogurt Dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and gently stir to combine.
  3. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 2 days.

Notes

*Do not use 0-3% yogurt because tuna salad will lack flavour, rather fat content 5-10% is ideal.

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6 Comments

  1. Laurel

    Dear God, Olena! I swear you are my kid, the one that actually listens to me, Lol! This! Yes, this is why I love your blog. Simple, real food, but always with a new and fun twist! And some smart new info to boot! It’s so ingrained in my brain to buy the low fat versions of everything! It’s been drilled into our heads for years. And truth is, I love the full fat dairy versions! I have to get over the guilt.

    In fact, I could eat tuna salad with lite mayo n onion every day. The fun in your blog is that you always have fresh and new ideas. I am having this recipe for dinner tonight. Only…er..I just have 2% Greek yogurt at the moment. At least its a step up from fat free!

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    • Olena

      If I were your kid, Laurel, I wouldn’t listen. The trick is that I’m not and that is why our relationship is perfect LOL.:)
      Full fat dairy is not always available. Add a bit of mayo because with 2% yogurt the dressing won’t be the same, you need more fat in there. Then just wait for my next 2 recipes you will love them.:) Thank you so much for all your love you give me.:) Enjoy your dinner tonight! We are having miso soup with meatballs that I swear is THE BEST ever. I will post next week.:)

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  2. Laurel

    I LOVE miso! I always have the red one in my fridge and even use it to bump up flavors in the most unlikely of things that just need something extra but I can’t put my finger on. Can’t wait!

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    • Olena

      Yes, you gave me the idea of flavouring food with miso. Thank you! I haven’t tried red miso. Last one I bought is shiro miso and I can eat it by the spoon. OMG so good!

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