The following post was originally featured on Smart Little Cookie and written by Vanessa Mota, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Latina.
These Tuna Avocado Tostadas are healthy, scrumptious and very filling. A great meal or snack that is fresh and low budget.
As a child, I remember one of my favorite afternoon snacks to eat was bread with avocado. Every afternoon, La Guagua Vendedora (the vendor wagon) would pass by my house, and my grandmother would buy fresh avocados among other fruits and veggies. She would then wait for the bread vendor, who passed by with a sack full of warm freshly made bread yelling, "Pan de agua, pan de agua." That translates to water bread, and it is a bread made in the Caribbean islands similar to French or Italian bread. After buying the bread, mamá (that's how I called my grandma) would go into the kitchen, cut up the avocados, and season it with salt and lime juice. She would then cut the bread open down the sides and fill it up with the avocado to make a sandwich. It was heaven.
Lately, I have been obsessed with avocados. However, when buying the avocados, I suck at picking the right one. Every time I buy a ripe avocado, it usually has already turned dark inside. Nonetheless, I have finally mastered a trick to ensure that I get a great fresh and delicious avocado every single time.
The trick is to buy them while they're still hard and unripe. Let them sit in your kitchen counter, and after a few days your avocados will be ready to eat. Don't wait too long though, or they will have turned. Within two to three days, they will be good and ready to eat. I usually buy around three or four avocados and eat them periodically throughout the week. After reminiscing about my grandma's infamous fresh avocado sandwich, which I've made many times but just doesn't quite taste the same, I tried this new recipe. These Tuna Avocado Tostadas are healthy, scrumptious, and very filling. It's a great fresh meal you'll feel good about eating that is also low in cost. Whenever I make these Tostadas at home, they disappear like magic. I mean, I don't even have to try to convince my kids that it's good for them. And to me, that's a win. Enjoy!
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and mashed
1 (4 oz) can tuna fish
1 tablespoon red onion, cubed
1 tablespoon scallion, chopped
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 slices Italian bread
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread slices in a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes or until golden and slightly crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine avocado, tuna, onion, scallion, salt, pepper, and lime juice.
- Place 2-3 tablespoons of the avocado and tuna mixture on top of each bread slice. Sprinkle with red onion and scallion pieces to garnish. Serve immediately.
- Appetizers, Crostini
- 4 tostadas
- Total Time
- 4 minutes, 59 seconds