Tuna Salad #BabeBowl

Tuna salad bowl

I’ve been all about the #BabeBowl recently.

My in-laws are in town and it was Andy and me’s anniversary + his bday week so there’s been a lot of going out to eat, too many glasses of wine, and champagne toasts. I’ve also got some traveling coming up so for the rest of July, I’ll be totally out of my routine.

But instead of throwing in the towel, I just make sure my meals at home are EXTRA nutrient dense and blood-sugar balancing.

So, #BabeBowl it is. I wrote a post about Babe Bowls about a year ago – it’s just my cute name for a bowl filled with protein, healthy fat, and fiber-rich food (PHFF!) and as complicated as healthy eating can seem to be, this is something that I find REALLY simplifies it.

tuna salad, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers

If you have a protein, a healthy fat, and some fiber and you throw it together in a bowl and top with a good sauce (or lemon or lime juice!), you are SET and you’ve got yourself a healthy meal that will keep you full until your next meal, turn off hunger hormones, and keep your body in fat burning mode.

This tuna salad bowl is actually brought to you by Andy, who made me a bowl of tuna salad, cucumbers, avocado, and tomatoes the other night when I asked him for a snack when I was up working late (HE GETS ME). It was soooo good, I’ve been eating it for 2 weeks!

This works well for meal prep, but I would only do 2-3 days at a time because tuna salad can get watery. And, I’d keep the ingredients separate and just combine when it’s time to eat.

So let’s break it down:

PHFF Breakdown


HEALTHY FAT: Avocado + Mayo

FIBER: Avocado + Celery + Onion + Cucumber + Tomato

tuna salad babe bowl

Today I had Protein Coffee with collagen (this one) and plant protein (this one) for breakfast, I’ve got a tuna salad bowl next to me right now, and dinner tonight is burgers on the grill (I may even have a bun – CRAZY TIME), tomato salad, and crispy fried brussels.

And no wine. It’s time for me to cleanse.

Show me your #BabeBowls on IG!! And tell me in the comments – do you guys wanna see more ideas for these?



Tuna Salad #BabeBowls

Author: Megan Hansen, RDN, LD

Prep time: 10 mins

Total time: 10 mins

Serves: 2


  • 8 oz tuna, drained

  • 1/4 c real mayo

  • 1/4 c chopped onion

  • 1/4 c chopped celery

  • 2 Tbsp chopped pickle

  • 1 Tbsp Dijon

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 avocado, sliced

  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 small or 1/2 large cucumber, sliced into matchsticks

  • 1 lemon


  1. Mix together tuna salad ingredients: tuna, mayo, celery, onion, pickle, dijon, salt and pepper.

  2. Arrange tuna salad, avocado, tomatoes, and cucumber into 2 bowls and squeeze lemon juice on top.

  3. Optional: this is also really good topped with garlic chili paste (like Sambal).

Serving size: 1/2 recipe

Fat: 33

Carbohydrates: 17

Sugar: 5

Fiber: 9

Protein: 24


You can also sub chicken for the tuna – both are really good!

Want to up the protein? Add a couple Tbsp of Greek yogurt, too.

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  1. Jan says:

    Hi Megan,Tell me about avocados. Love them. But have trouble buying them. Too hard, too soft. Peeling, slicing? Are there tricks?

    • You wanna make sure they are just just slightly squeezable and have a little give to them. But, at this point, make sure you put them in the fridge to prevent them from ripening anymore. You could also buy a few hard, unripe avos and a couple ripe ones, and leave the hard ones on the counter until they ripe. If they are all too hard, it’s totally fine, they will be good to go in a day or so on your counter! Slice the avo down the center and just around the pit. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh – don’t peel it at all!

  2. SA says:

    How do you recommend making this ahead of time? With the avocado going brown so quickly…

    • Very good question – give the avo a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and a little salt and you should be ok. Another trick is to throw the pit in next to the avocado – it actually does a decent job of preventing browning. Or, you could always just slice the avocado last second. Just bring a small knife to work with you! And I wouldn’t do like 3 days worth of these with the avocado. Always add the avo day of.

  3. Abby says:

    I love making your babe bowls!!! Keep the ideas coming too for more of them!! They are a great resource!