We can all agree that avocado is the darling of the paleo friendly foods. It’s full of healthy fats, fibre, and vitamins; it’s satiating and calorie dense yet low in carbohydrates making it perfect for those following a ketogenic or a low-carb paleo diet; it’s accessible and, for the most part, it’s fairly affordable (depending on the season).
Forget avocado on toast! You can use avocado in dips, salads, and sauces and because of it’s shape and texture, it is one of the most popular foods for stuffing. You use the avocado flesh as part of the stuffing and use the actual fruit as a boat/bowl filling vehicle.
There are many creative ways and ingredients to stuff an avocado with – tuna being one of the most popular – and in today’s roundup, I wanted to highlight some of my favourite recipes going around. Most of these are paleo or primal diet friendly, and I’ve provided some modifications, if they’re not. If you don’t feel inspired to stuff an avocado after this post, then there is no hope for you or your avocados.
1. Tropical Tuna Stuffed Avocado
This tuna stuffed avocado recipe from A Cedar Spoon is a perfect, protein-packed lunch or snack that can be made on-the-go or at your desk at work. I love the flavours of mango, coriander (cilantro) and lime juice in this dish. They are mixed with tinned tuna, Greek yoghurt (you can use mayonnaise or coconut yoghurt for a dairy-free version) and some crunchy veggies.
2. Smoked Salmon & Egg Stuffed Avocados
This rich, creamy and tasty baked avocados recipe is from Fresh Planet Flavor. It’s ridiculously simple to make and looks mighty impressive, if you ask me.
3. Shrimp Ceviche Stuffed Avocados
If you want to lighten things up, try these gorgeous, zesty and flavourful prawn ceviche avocados from Heather Christo. You will need fresh shrimp/prawns, coriander and lime juice, and I would swap out the vegetable oil mentioned in the ingredients with healthier avocado or olive oil
4. Taco Beef Stuffed Avocados
Who doesn’t love the combination of well-seasoned grass-fed beef mixed with things like warm peppers and spiced tomato salsa? Guacamole is an obvious topping as well but in this dish from Paleo Leap, the avocado is turned into a taco shell instead. These stuffed avocados are baked but you can easily recreate this dish with raw fruit filled with cooked taco mince and salsa.
5. Salmon Stuffed Avocados
This recipe from Keto Diet App is a low-carb, satiating meal of creamy avocados stuffed with zesty lemony salmon, mayonnaise and dill.
6. Caprese Stuffed Avocado (Primal)
This recipe from Closet Cooking is absolutely beautiful. Caprese is a popular Italian salad of buffalo mozzarella or bocconcini cheese with ripe, sweet tomatoes, and basil and drizzled over with extra-virgin olive oil and, in many cases, rich balsamic vinegar. Why not serve the salad inside avocados? You can easily make this without the cheese.
7. BLT Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
Shredded roasted chicken, crispy bacon, leafy greens all in one dish and inside an avocado? Yes please! Ok, so this recipe from The Garlic Diaries is trying to make a lower fat version by using cottage cheese instead of mayo and turkey bacon instead of pork bacon. Totally ok if you want to try it that way. For us, fat-loving humans, a dollop of regular mayonnaise and the real-deal bacon should be just fine.
8. Crab Salad Stuffed Avocados
In this recipe from Laylita’s blog, the crab salad stuffed avocados are prepared by filling ripe avocados with a salad of crab, red onion, bell pepper, cucumber, radishes, lime juice, olive oil, and cilantro. It’s light, summery and nutritious.
9. Tart Cherry Tuna Avocado Bowls
In this quick and easy recipe, the avocado is actually scooped out, diced and mixed together with tart cherries, and healthy fats filled tuna and pecans. Tart cherries are a great source of antioxidants and contribute to a good night’s sleep. You can also use dried cranberries or fresh cherries instead. This recipe is from Love & Zest blog.
10. Scrambled Eggs & Bacon Stuffed Avocados
Eggs, bacon and avocado is a classic breakfast combo so it was inevitable that I would stumble on this decadent looking dish. Scrambled eggs (you can make these without the cheese) work perfectly as a stuffing inside avocados. Simply top with crispy bacon and serve with a green salad. Recipe from Cafe Delights.
11. Tuna Poke Stuffed Avocados
These Whole30 friendly tuna poke avocado boats are made with sushi-grade tuna fish, coconut aminos and sesame oil, as well as crunchy cucumber and macadamia nuts. Poke is a popular Hawaiian dish made with tuna or salmon, and the flavours work perfectly with creamy avocado. Recipe from Anya’s Eats blog.
12. Strawberry Salsa Stuffed Avocados
Here is another recipe from Closet Cooking, in which fresh strawberries are chopped and paired with red onion, diced jalapeños, lime and cilantro/coriander. You can serve these with or without the crumbed feta or goat’s cheese. Perfect for warmer weather!
13. Egg Salad Stuffed Avocados
Another gorgeous avocado recipe from Laylita’s blog. These are made using delicious ripe avocados and stuffing them with a salad made with hard-boiled eggs, radish, red onion, celery, mayo (and/or yogurt), mustard, lime juice, cumin and jalapeños. I love the addition of pickled red onions on top. Or you can use caviar or fish roe, if you want to be fancy.
14. Healthy Thai Tuna Stuffed Avocados
Thai food meets tuna in this healthy Thai-inspired tuna stuffed avocado dish from The Stay At Home Chef. Soy sauce can be replaced with coconut aminos and fish sauce or the wheat-free tamari sauce, and those of you avoiding peanuts can use some toasted cashew or almond nuts, or sesame seeds.
15. Sardine Stuffed Avocados
And to finish off the roundup, I am sharing another recipe from the Keto Diet App blog. This time the avocados are stuffed with creamy, tasty sardine salad. This recipe is a real superfood powerhouse with Omega-3 and mineral-rich sardines (plus, protein!), nutritious avocado, and anti-inflammatory turmeric.
I want that smoked salmon with the beautiful egg right now for lunch! YUM! Thank you for all these great ideas – they make for a fast lunch for sure!
Oh wow, so much avocado deliciousness here! I can’t get enough of avocado 🙂
Oh my! I know what I’m doing with my avocados tomorrow 😉 Such a fab round up and great photography. LOVE <3
I was just about to go and grab a snack when this popped up. Tropical tuna stuffed avo – sounds perfect! Great round up of avocado recipes, some fantastic ideas here!
Every single one of these looks amazing, but those crab stuffed avocados in particular really caught my eye and I can’t wait to try them out!
I. am. obsessed. with. stuffed avocado things!! can’t wait to give a bunch of these a try!
I really want to try those Thai Tuna Stuffed Avocados, they look so good! Thanks for compiling this , it is so useful!
I’ve never stuffed an avocado before! Clearly I am missing out!
Avocado has to be up there as one of my all time favourite foods, love this inspiration! Lots of recipes to try.
Now THIS is a killer round up! ALL THE AVOS! Yum!
These look so good! So many beautiful and bold colors. ! I would love have #4, 6 and 7, they sound amazing!
I love all the ideas! How creative! I’m really wishing I had that scrambled eggs and bacon one right now- yum!
I love stuffed avocados! I have a recipe with shrimp and mango that I really like. Now I need to try some of these! The Caprese one looks especially delicious.
I love avocados so much!
Wow all these photos are deeply stunning.
Avocados are my FAVE!!! Love this roundup!
Oh, so many ways to enjoy my beloved avocado. Thanks for the inspiration!
Every recipe in this post looks so delicious and lovely ! I can’t wait to try all of them !! YUM !!
This one fabulous recipe list! I can’t wait to try all of these! Thank you for include my recipe for Shrimp Ceviche Stuffed Avocados!
My pleasure! It’s such a fab recipe, I had to include it 🙂