Tomato and Avocado Salad

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Tomato and avocado salad is made with ripe avocados, sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, tangy red onion, lemon juice, salt, pepper, & olive oil! This refreshing creamy avocado salad makes an easy lunch or side dish.

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Our Avocado and Tomato Salad recipe! Packed with the goodness of fresh avocados, cherry tomatoes, crisp cucumber, and zesty lemon juice, this salad is a delightful treat for your taste buds.

It’s quick and easy to prepare, making it a perfect addition to your side dish menu. Let’s dive into the details of this mouthwatering dish.

For more tasty options, try my Amish Broccoli Salad, Strawberry Pecan Salad, Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa, and Zesty Italian Pasta Salad.

Why You’ll Love Tomato and Avocado Salad

  • 10 minute recipe
  • Only 8 ingredients
  • Great for parties and potlucks
  • Delicious
  • Made with fresh ingredients

Ingredients

  1. Creamy Avocados: Creamy avocados are the star of this salad, adding a rich and buttery texture that complements the other ingredients perfectly.
  2. Juicy Cherry Tomatoes: These juicy cherry tomatoes bring a burst of sweetness and a burst of color to the salad, making it visually appealing.
  3. Crisp English Cucumber: The English cucumber adds a refreshing crunch to the salad, enhancing its overall texture and taste.
  4. Red Onion: Thinly sliced red onions provide a mild, sweet onion flavor and a touch of vibrant red color to the mix.
  5. Fresh Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a zesty and tangy element, elevating the overall flavor profile of the salad.
  6. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil enhances the salad’s richness and provides a subtle earthy undertone.
  7. Salt and Pepper: Seasoned to taste with salt and pepper, these two ingredients bring out the natural flavors of the fresh produce.
cucumber, tomatoes, lemons and avocados on countertop

Directions

Prep the Fresh Ingredients: Start by washing all the produce thoroughly to ensure they are clean and ready for use.

Cut Cucumbers: Cut the English cucumber into quarters lengthwise and then dice it into bite-sized pieces. Add these crisp cucumber chunks to a spacious bowl.

diced cucumbers

Tomatoes: Half the cherry tomatoes and add them to the bowl with the cucumber. Their vibrant red hue will beautifully contrast with the green avocado.

Creamy Avocado: Peel and dice the creamy avocados, then gently add them to the bowl with the cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

diced avocado

Prep Onions: Thinly slice the red onions to achieve delicate, paper-thin slices. Incorporate these into the bowl with the other ingredients.

Add Some Lemon Zest: Juice a lemon and sprinkle its zesty freshness over the contents of the bowl. This step adds a delightful tang to the salad.

Drizzle with Olive Oil: Enhance the salad’s richness and flavor by drizzling a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over the ingredients.

Season to Perfection: Finally, season the mixture with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.

bowl with fresh tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers and red onions

Toss and Chill: Gently mix all the ingredients until they are well combined. Once mixed, refrigerate the salad for a refreshing and chilled serving.

Variations

1. Caprese Avocado Salad:

  • Combine diced avocados, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper for a classic Caprese twist.

2. Southwest Avocado Salad:

  • Add black beans, corn kernels (fresh or grilled), diced red bell peppers, and chopped cilantro to the salad. Toss with a lime-cumin vinaigrette for a Southwestern flair.

3. Greek Avocado Salad:

  • Incorporate diced cucumbers, Kalamata olives, red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh oregano leaves. Dress with a Greek-style dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano.

4. Bacon and Avocado Salad:

  • Enhance the salad with crispy bacon bits for a smoky and savory touch. You can also include diced hard-boiled eggs and a creamy ranch dressing.

5. Mango Avocado Salad:

  • Combine diced mango with avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and fresh cilantro. Dress with a lime or mango vinaigrette for a sweet and tangy tropical twist.

6. Tuna Avocado Salad:

  • Add canned or fresh flaked tuna to the salad for a protein-packed variation. Drizzle with a lemon-tahini dressing or a light lemon mayonnaise.

7. Quinoa Avocado Salad:

  • Mix cooked and cooled quinoa with avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. Toss with a lemon-olive oil dressing and garnish with chopped fresh herbs like parsley or mint.

8. Shrimp Avocado Salad:

  • Incorporate cooked and chilled shrimp for a seafood-inspired salad. A citrusy vinaigrette with lemon or lime juice and a touch of honey complements the shrimp beautifully.

9. Strawberry Avocado Salad:

  • Pair diced strawberries with avocado, cherry tomatoes, and baby spinach or arugula. A honey-balsamic dressing adds a sweet and tangy dimension.
overhead view of salad with tomatoes

FAQs

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this salad ahead of time. However, it’s best to wait until just before serving to add the avocado to prevent it from browning. Prepare all the other ingredients and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, dice and add the avocado, mix, and enjoy!

Can I use other types of tomatoes in this recipe?

Absolutely! While cherry tomatoes work wonderfully due to their sweet and juicy nature, you can use other tomato varieties like grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, or even heirloom tomatoes. Just make sure to dice them into bite-sized pieces for a consistent texture.

How can I keep the avocado from turning brown?

To keep the avocado fresh and green, add it to the salad just before serving. You can also drizzle a little extra lemon juice over the avocado pieces to help prevent browning. Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap, ensuring the wrap touches the surface of the salad to minimize air exposure.

Related Recipes

bowl with a salad

Creamy Avocado and Tomato Salad

Tomato and avocado salad is made with ripe avocados, sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, tangy red onion, lemon juice, salt, pepper, & olive oil! This refreshing creamy avocado salad makes an easy lunch or side dish.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy side dish, salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 250kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • fresh herbs optional, to taste

Instructions

  • Start by washing all the produce thoroughly to ensure they are clean and ready for use.
  • Cut the English cucumber into quarters lengthwise and then dice it into bite-sized pieces. Add these crisp cucumber chunks to a spacious bowl.
  • Half the cherry tomatoes and add them to the bowl with the cucumber. Their vibrant red hue will beautifully contrast with the green avocado.
  • Peel and dice the creamy avocados, then gently add them to the bowl with the cucumber and cherry tomatoes.
  • Thinly slice the red onions to achieve delicate, paper-thin slices. Incorporate these into the bowl with the other ingredients.
  • Juice a lemon and sprinkle its zesty freshness over the contents of the bowl. This step adds a delightful tang to the salad.
  • Enhance the salad's richness and flavor by drizzling a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over the ingredients.
  • Finally, season the mixture with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.
  • Gently mix all the ingredients until they are well combined. Once mixed, refrigerate the salad for a refreshing and chilled serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 761IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg