Tomato Avocado Salad for a Fresh Summer Salad
This quick and easy tomato avocado salad came together quickly for lunch recently. I had been out all morning and when I came home, I was hungry for something to eat…fast! I had an idea for something with a pile of salad greens with a fresh dressing, but happily an even better idea appeared.
I found both tomatoes and an avocado that were finally ripe…it’s so hard to wait for them sometimes!
From that point on, the rest of this lunch was easy.
A fresh summer salad recipe came together almost on its own.
The vegetables themselves provided most of the flavor, so that a little olive oil and vinegar made an ideal dressing. Lemon juice would also taste good instead of vinegar, and it would be completely grain-free and paleo.
Letting the cucumber, onion, tomato, salt and pepper sit for a few minutes while preparing the rest of the salad provides a large part of the flavor.
If you make this, I recommend that you start with chilled vegetables. You can prepare this salad a few hours ahead and keep it chilled until serving, although the avocado may begin to darken. Several hours in my lunch bag would work well enough, so I think I’ll be carrying one of these salads to work for lunch in the very near future.
I really like that its flavor is satisfying and filling without having to add cheese, yogurt, eggs, beans or meat. This salad is a whole foods, gluten-free recipe that is also dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free and refined sugar-free, as well as fitting into a vegan or low-carb diet.
And, in spite of all that “-free” stuff, my husband liked it, too!
Tomato Avocado Salad
1 Cup of Grape Tomatoes, halved, or 1 Medium Tomato, diced
1 Cucumber, seeded and diced (about 1-2 cups)
1/4 Cup Sweet Onion, chopped
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
1/2 Cup Radicchio, cut in bite-size pieces
1 Cup Romaine, cut in bite-size pieces
1/2 Cup Cauliflower florets, cut in small bite-size pieces
1/2 Avocado, diced (about 1/2 Cup)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1-2 Teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar or Lemon juice, optional
Prepare the cucumber, onion and tomato first; sprinkle with salt and pepper and let sit while preparing the rest.
Combine all the ingredients, toss and serve.
Makes 2 servings. Can easily be doubled.
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