Paleo Tuna, Avocado, Plantain Salad

By MarvinFebruary 14, 2018

paleo salad

Are salads boring? Not unless we’re talking about the classic garden salad, which generally features some mixed greens, a few tomatoes and a big dollop of dressing. Aside from being bland, simple salads also lack a bunch of minerals and vitamins, and are largely composed of water. 


The problem with a meal that lacks… well, everything, besides veggies & sugary dressing, is that it doesn’t really fill you up. Eating a big ol’ plate of lettuce can trick your brain for only a short moment. That’s because when your stomach gets filled with a large volume of veggie it  triggers a ‘fulness’ signal to register in your brain. But, because your body isn’t truly satisfied, the sugar cravings are likely to hit after about an hour. In the end, your body and brain will rebel against the meager scraps and demand more food. Most likely junk food, which will leave you crying in the corner, overwhelmed with guilt, as you grip your empty pint of ice cream ;). We don’t want that to happen, so let’s pump up the protein and #makeitpaleo.


This paleo salad is full of tuna and avocado, which ensures your meal has an adequate amount of protein and fat. But we think even that isn’t enough, so we added plantains!. Plantains add to the dance of colors on your plate and add flavor. So let’s throw them in there to further fill you up with a low glycemic index food, which will help to prevent blood sugar peaks during the day.


Enjoy! 🙂 


Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 can albacore tuna 
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper 
  • 1/2 large carrot 
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 scallion (green part only)
  • 1/2 large ripe avocado 
  • juice of 2 small limes 
  • 1 plantain
  • sea salt 


  1. On a cutting board, cut the plantain into small slices. Heat up some coconut oil in a pan and fry the plantain until slightly brown
  2. Cut the tomatoes, bell pepper and carrots into little pieces, chop the green part of the scallion and throw tomatoes, bell pepper, carrot & scallion into a big bowl
  3. Mash the avocado. Add avocado and tuna into the bowl and mix everything together
  4. Squeeze the lime juice over the salad and let sit for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle on sea salt
  5. Serve the salad with the plantains on the side

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