Tomato Avocado Salad


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Tomato Avocado Salad is the perfect way to enjoy the bountiful summer harvest of ripe and ready avocados and juicy tomatoes! This salad is made with red and yellow cherry tomatoes (any tomatoes will do), creamy, nutty-flavored avocados and a tangy dressing that marries all of the ingredients! It is right up there with all the best summer flavors like fresh summer fruit salad or a great pasta salad recipe!

Not only are avocados in season this time of year, but they are also a powerhouse of nutrients and if you follow a low-carb or keto diet, they are one of the healthiest fats you can include!

A white serving bowl full of avocado salad with tomatoes and onions.

How to Cut an Avocado for Salad

For this green avocado salad, you’ll need a few fresh and ripe avocados. You want ripe avocados that yield to gentle pressure but aren’t mushy.

  • Holding the avocado in the palm of one hand, take a paring knife and start at the top of the avocado and slice straight down until the knife reaches the pit. Rotate the fruit in your hand and let the knife follow the seed in a circle until two halves are created.
  • Using both hands, twist the two halves in opposite directions until they are separated. The pit will remain in one half of the avocado.
  • Using the same paring knife, firmly tap the blade into the pit and lift the pit out.
  • Using a spoon, from the largest end of each half, gently scoop out the flesh in one large piece and discard the skin.

Another method that I learned at a food photography class was to cut each avocado in halves or quarters and peel the skin off before cutting. Now you are ready create an amazing avocado salad recipe!

Avocado salad ingredients in a bowl before being mixed.

How to Keep Avocado from Going Brown in a Salad

Just like apples and bananas, an avocado will oxidize and turn brown when exposed to the air (unless you’re cutting and eating it within minutes like when making Avocado Toast). To keep your avocado salad pretty, here are a few tips!

  • Don’t cut the avocado ahead of time (other ingredients including dressing can be made ahead of time)
  • Prep the avocado last so it’s cut shortly before serving
  • Add something acidic to the avocado. This will keep the cells from being exposed to the air and preserve the color.
    • Acids: lemon juice, lime juice, or any kind of vinegar!

A close up of a bowl full of avocado salad with a scoop being served out of it.

How to Make Avocado Salad

This avocado tomato salad has just a handful of ingredients and, when served cold, can also be used as a dip for tortilla chips or topping for ground beef tacos or creamy chicken enchiladas!

  1. Cut tomatoes, onions and cilantro.
  2. Following the method above, cut and dice the avocados. Squeeze fresh lime juice over them to keep them from browning.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and salt & pepper to taste and mix very gently!

Chill in the refrigerator 5 – 10 minutes before serving. Dish yourself up a big serving for lunch or serve as a fresh summer side with some grilled BBQ chicken or some tasty Santa Fe chicken packets!

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Avocado Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
This salad is filled with avocados, tomatoes, red onion and cilantro to create a fresh summer flavor!

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped, or parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Instructions

  1. Cut tomatoes and onions. Set aside.

  2. Cut avocados in half, remove pits and dice. Squeeze fresh lime over avocados and gently toss to combine.

  3. Add remaining ingredients and gently stir.
  4. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 331, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 21mg, Potassium: 940mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 650%, Vitamin C: 38.9%, Calcium: 36%, Iron: 1.4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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