The BEST Cucumber Tomato Salad recipe!
There are few salads easier to make than this Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad. Made with a simple, fresh cilantro lime dressing, this cucumber tomato salad recipe is the perfect healthy side dish for just about any meal!
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The EASIEST way to do avocado tomato salad!
If you’re looking for a simple, fresh and healthy side dish this cucumber tomato salad recipe is the answer. It’s one of those recipes that is quick, easy and goes with just about anything. I personally LOVE tossing this together while I’ve got chicken, salmon, or steaks cooking on the grill. I also love how light, yet flavorful it is – the cilantro lime dressing is amazing and perfectly complimentary with the tomatoes, cucumbers and avocados.
Here’s how this simple, healthy, flavorful Cucumber Tomato Salad recipe comes together.
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The ingredients you’ll need to make this simple Avocado Tomato Salad:
- Cucumbers: English or mini-English cucumbers work well, as you don’t have to peel them.
- Cherry or Grape Tomatoes: you can actually use any size or variety of tomato, sliced into bite-sized pieces.
- Pickled Red Onions: you’ll LOVE having these on hand for salads and sandwiches. They are incredibly quick and simple to make – click here for the recipe. You can also use fresh sliced red onion.
For the dressing you’ll need:
- Fresh cilantro
- A lime for fresh lime juice
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Fresh ground Salt and Pepper
Step 2: Slice the cucumbers, avocados, tomatoes and red onion
For the cherry tomatoes, I halve these. If you’re using another larger variety of tomato, simply cut it into smaller slices or pieces. Same with the avocados, cucumbers and pickled (or fresh) red onions.
Step 3: Mix together the cilantro lime dressing
I like to keep cilantro and limes on hand just so I can make this dressing. All you need to do is chop a handful of cilantro leaves, making sure to remove any stems. I also recommend rinsing your cilantro, as it is often sandy or dirty.
To the chopped cilantro, add the juice of one lime and good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add a bit of fresh ground salt and pepper to taste.
Stir together with a fork, and you’ve got yourself an amazing, fresh dressing!
Step 4: Dress the salad
To the sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados and onions, pour the dressing over the top. Gently toss together so the dressing coats everything well.
Unlike other leafy or lettuce salads, you CAN dress this salad in advance before serving. In fact, the acidity in the lime juice will help prevent the avocado from browning.
Serve and Enjoy the Avocado Tomato Salad!
As soon as you dress the salad it is ready to enjoy. A perfect pairing to go with this cucumber avocado salad is my Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken. Many of the same ingredients for a wonderfully healthy, complimentary dinner.
You can also prep this salad several hours in advance and refrigerate before serving.
FAQ’s for Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad:
What goes with tomato salad?
Cucumber Tomato Avocado salad is super versatile, and goes great with chicken, salmon, grilled pork chops or pork loin, steaks and burgers. It’s a great, light summer side dish.
What is a good substitute for cilantro?
If you do not prefer cilantro, a good substitute is fresh dill or parsley.
Do avocados make you gain weight?
Short answer; no! Avocados are a super food, nutritionally dense and one of the healthiest things we can put into our body. Many think that because avocados are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, that these will make them “fat”, which is absolutely not the case. In fact, consuming a serving of avocado (1/2 of 1 medium avocado) can help satiate you and feel fuller, for longer, thus staving off hunger.
How can I keep avocados from browning?
The best way to do this is add some acidity (citrus juice or vinegar) to the avocados after they’ve been cut or sliced. In this recipe, the lime juice in the cilantro lime dressing adds the necessary acidity to help prevent browning.
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What can I serve with this Cucumber Tomato Salad recipe:
Here’s the recipe for my Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad:
- 1 1/2 c. sliced cucumbers (mini or English work well)
- 1 pint (about 2 cups) cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1/2 c. pickled red onion (or fresh red onion)
For Cilantro Lime Dressing:
- 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- Juice of 1 large lime (about 2 Tbsp.)
- Salt and Pepper
- In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing by combining the cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Whisk and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the sliced cucumbers, halved tomatoes, sliced avocados and sliced pickled red onions. Pour the dressing over the top, and gently dress the salad. Top with additional fresh ground pepper if desired. Serve right away.
Instead of pickled red onions, you can also use fresh red onion.
Instead of cherry tomatoes you can also use any size or variety of tomato sliced into bite-sized pieces.
Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 6 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g