Recipe: Simple Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato Salad

Before I got pregnant with Andrew salads were a daily thing. I’d make a hearty salad for dinner almost every other night and fill it with tons of delicious items. As soon as I got pregnant (and throughout my pregnancy and after) I tried making the same salad and couldn’t stand it anymore! I tried adding different items to see if that would entice my taste buds but sadly, it didn’t. I finally figured it out- the lettuce was the ingredient that made me dislike everything about it! Salads became a rare occurrence during those times.

A couple months after Andrew’s arrival I went to spend a few weeks in California to visit my family and my step mother always made a simple salad for dinner: cucumber, tomato, avocado, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Who could ever imagine that those simple ingredients could make such a deliciously, amazing taste in your mouth? So, when I got home from the vacation, I started making the salad for dinner and it quickly became something we always ate. My husband sometimes complained about the missing lettuce so I would chop up the lettuce real small so it could blend in with all the other ingredients.

There is nothing better than making a salad with little effort and having it taste really good. Plus, all the ingredients make a nutrient packed salad with the most healthiest of dressings- olive oil. If you have the extra item on hand you could always add some fresh feta cheese to the salad to give it a Mediterranean twist (yum!).

For the particular salad in the picture I used 3 different small sized varieties of heirloom tomatoes and 2 avocados. I didn’t have any cucumbers so I omitted them and the salad was still just as tasty.

Simple Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large avocados
  • 3-4 small tomatoes
  • half a cucumber
  • pinch of unrefined sea salt (where to buy)
  • sprinkle of some pepper
  • extra virgin unfiltered, unrefined olive oil (where to buy)
  • balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Open the avocado in half, take out the seed, then cut with a knife lengthwise into the avocado. Then cut width wise on the avocado so it looks like you have a checkerboard cuts in your avocado. Use a spoon to scoop them out. Dice the tomatoes and cucumber
  2. Add all ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle some sea salt and pepper
  3. Pour olive oil and balsamic over the ingredients (you may have to experiment with how much olive oil and balsamic to put depending on your taste) and mix well.

My aunt stayed the night a few days ago and I made this salad for her and she was “mmmm-ing” and “yummy-ing” the salad the whole night (she’s also a huge fan of my homemade caesar dressing). The tomatoes are in season this time of year which means there are numerous heirloom varieties to choose from.  And when any food item is in season they taste exceptionally good.

So go enjoy yourself a salad without putting any hard work into it!



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23 Comments

  1. I couldn’t stop thinking about this so I made it last night. So simple and tastes great. Thanks Loriel. Can I come over to dinner everynight? Aunt Paula

    1. Hi Debbie! Thank you for wanting me to post on your blog- that means a lot to me! You can definitely count me in and will see me on your blog this Sunday.

      Have a good weekend!

  2. Just found your blog through Coconut Mama. This looks really good and simple. My son is graduating from highschool next week and we are having a graduation party in a couple of weeks and I think I’m going to make this salad for the party.

  3. I like this idea rather than traditional guacamole. I prefer my avocado to stay in chunks or slices. Sometimes I just eat it by scooping it with a spoon out of the avocado, with lemon juice and pepper-yummy!

  4. I love this this salad. I prefer to use lime instead of the balsamic vinegar. This way I avoid added sugar and sulfites.

    1. oooh, that’s interesting. I’ll have to try it with lime. I wonder if adding a little cilantro would be good too?

  5. I love this salad! My favorite way to make it is with blue cheese crumbles & just a drizzle of olive oil.

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  7. Hi Loriel!
    This salad sounds so good! Can’t wait to try it. I have a silly question. Can you reccomend a good balsamic
    Vinegar ?

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