We Can’t Get Enough of This Viral Tunacado Sandwich—Here’s How to Make It
Tuna and avocado have combined to become the internet's favorite lunch and we're obsessed
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Tuna and avocado are each tasty in their own humble ways, though neither is particularly innovative or groundbreaking. However, when you put tuna and avocado together on a sandwich—in the hands of a TikTok influencer— and call it “tunacado”…look out! Because the tunacado is now the trendiest sandwich on the internet, with the #tunacado hashtag on TikTok clocking more than 17 million views.
It all started a couple of months ago when TikTok creator Danielle Matzon posted a video about the tunacado sandwich she bought at Joe & The Juice, a coffee and juice chain that also offers sandwiches and bowls.
What Is a Tunacado Sandwich?
The tunacado sandwich at Joe & The Juice follows a simple formula: Joe’s special flatbread, tomato, avocado, “vegan pesto,” and “tuna mousse.” In Matzon’s videos, she suggests upgrading it with hot sauce, capers and pickles. In one video, she even visits a Joe & The Juice location and gets step-by-step instructions from an employee.
@dzaslavsky The making of the Tunacado at the Prince Street location in NYC #joeandthejuice #tunacado ♬ original sound – danielle
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How to Make a Tunacado Sandwich
This version of the tunacado sandwich calls for a classic pesto. If you want a vegan pesto, omit the parmesan cheese and substitute a ¼ cup of nutritional yeast. For the tuna mousse, use canned tuna.
- 1 can of tuna
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 tablespoon dill
- Flatbread or toasted sourdough slices
- 3 tablespoons pesto (homemade or store-bought)
- Avocado, sliced
- Tomato, sliced
- Capers, pickles, mustard, hot sauce (optional)
Tools You’ll Need
- Food processor: This Ninja food processor will make it easy to whip up both pesto sauce and tuna mousse.
Step 1: Make the tuna mousse
Add tuna, mayonnaise, salt and dill to a food processor and whiz until creamy.
Step 2: Prep your sandwich
Spread about a teaspoon of pesto on each half of the bread.
Step 3: Add the avocado
Arrange the slices of avocado on one slice.
Step 4: Time for the tuna mousse
Spread the tuna mousse on the other slice.
Step 5: Add tomato
Top the tuna mousse with tomato slices.
Step 6: Finish adding additional toppings
Add toppings such as capers, pickles, mustard, hot sauce or whatever you like!