A simple and tasty salad that can be served with any meal! Avocado Mediterranean Salad is made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, avocados, and a zesty lemon dressing. Yum!
I first shared this recipe four years ago and it’s just as delicious today as it was back then. It is definitely a summertime staple.
With summertime in full swing, there is nothing like a fresh salad. It’s light, refreshing, and it just tastes good. Plus, in the summer months, many of the ingredients are also in season.
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I’ve always loved the idea of using homegrown fruits and veggies. They’re juicier, sweeter, and they just taste better. When you use them in a dish, you almost want to say, “I made this! I seriously made it!”
I’d love to say that we make Avocado Mediterranean Salad with our own fruits and vegetables, but I’m still working on that green thumb. Between busy days with kids and time with family and friends, growing my own food falls to the bottom of the list.
Maybe we’ll make an edible garden next year. Until then, this salad still tastes great with ingredients from the grocery store. And if you happen to have all of the ingredients in your garden, well that’s even better.
A Fresh and Tasty Salad
If you love tomatoes and cucumbers, you’ll love this salad. It has everything you love about a classic tomato and cucumber salad, plus one special ingredient, avocados.
Avocados are truly amazing. Whether they’re diced in a salad, puréed in a pasta sauce, or baked in a cake, avocados always add a creamy, velvety texture. Plus, they’re super healthy. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients, avocados are one super fruit.
In Avocado Mediterranean Salad, avocados add a rich, creamy texture. They perfectly complement the juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and zesty lemon dressing. Yum!
The burst of tangy tomatoes, the refreshing crunch of cucumbers, the zingy lemon dressing – and then, the avocado magic. Creamy, dreamy, and oh-so-good. It’s like a Mediterranean vacation for your taste buds.
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Whether it’s a quick lunch or a side at dinner, this salad brings the Mediterranean sunshine right to your plate.
A Healthy and Easy Homemade Salad Dressing
The lemon dressing is light and zesty. It adds a fresh flavour that highlights the other ingredients, without overpowering them. Best of all, it’s fat-free.
That’s right, this dressing is made without any oil or cream. It’s simply a combination of lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder. At first, it tastes like a light lemon sauce. When it’s mixed with the salad, it becomes even more.
When the natural juices from the fruit and veggies combine with the dressing, they create a sweet and zesty dressing. Bite after bite, the salad has a refreshing, light, and summery flavour.
No one will miss the oil in this dressing. Avocados add all the richness you’ll need.
Ingredients for Avocado Mediterranean Salad
Get ready for a dish that’s as vibrant as it is flavorful! Don’t be fooled by its simplicity – this salad is seriously delicious. And it comes together so easily.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tomatoes – Look for the ripest and juiciest ones you can find. These little bursts of color and juiciness add a burst of tangy sweetness.
- Cucumber – Crisp and cool, the cucumber brings a refreshing crunch to the mix.
- Red Onion – With its vibrant color and pop of flavor, the red onion adds a zesty kick to the salad.
- Avocados – Creamy, dreamy, and oh-so-delicious. The avocados add a velvety texture and a rich, buttery taste that makes every forkful more indulgent.
- Lemon Juice – Zesty and refreshing, lemon juice brightens up the salad and adds a citrusy punch.
- Dijon Mustard – With just a small amount, Dijon mustard adds subtle heat and a hint of complexity.
- Parsley – Chopped parsley adds a pop of green and infuses the salad with a light herbal flavor.
- Garlic – Whether you’re a garlic lover or just appreciate a hint of it, garlic makes the sauce and salad even more delicious.
- Salt & Pepper – A sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper season the salad so that every bite is full of flavor.
Now, toss these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a Mediterranean salad masterpiece! It’s quick, it’s easy, and oh-so-tasty. Time to dive in and enjoy!
How to Make Avocado Mediterranean Salad
Now it’s time to dive into the nitty-gritty of creating this tasty Avocado Mediterranean Salad. And it’s so easy to make. With just two simple steps, you’ll have a gorgeous and flavorful dish that’s ready to steal the show on your dining table.
So, let’s get started!
Step 1: Make the Lemon Dressing
The salad dressing is full of flavor and so easy to make. Even if you don’t usually make your own salad dressing, this is one worth making.
Simply, add lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, garlic and pepper to a small bowl and mix to make the Lemon Dressing. That’s it! Easy, right?
Step 2: Make the Salad
Now all that’s left is putting together your salad. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and parsley. Mix well. Toss with lemon dressing.
Last but not least, add in avocados and gently toss. You’ll want to be gentle while tossing the avocados. Fresh avocados can be on the softer side and if you toss too vigorously, you can end up with more of a chunky guacamole than avocado pieces.
Now all that’s left is eating your delicious Avocado Mediterranean Salad, which is the perfect summertime treat.
WHAT CAN YOU SERVE WITH AVOCADO MEDITERRANEAN SALAD?
Now that your Avocado Mediterranean Salad is all set, let’s talk about what you can serve with it. Well, you’re in luck! The beauty of this salad is that there are so many tasty options to serve with Avocado Mediterranean Salad.
Of course there’s chicken. The juicy goodness of chicken pairs beautifully with the freshness of the salad. It’s a tried-and-true combo that’s as delightful as it is satisfying. Some tasty chicken dishes include Easy Bruschetta Chicken, Tuscan Baked Chicken, Greek Lemon Chicken, and Smoky Baked Chicken Breasts.
If seafood is more your style, there are so many tasty fish options. You can try Maple Pistachio Salmon, Easy Baked Cod Fish Tacos, and Creamy Maple Mustard Salmon. Fish is the perfect addition to this fresh salad dish.
For a comfort food twist, you can serve the salad with a side of bread. Whether it’s bread rolls, naan, or focaccia, the bread acts like a sponge for the zesty lemon dressing, ensuring that every bite is so, so tasty.
If it’s a Meatless Monday or a vegetarian delight dinner, Spicy Tomato Quinoa is another flavorful option. The nutty quinoa and hearty chickpeas create a satisfying base that perfectly complements the salad’s textures and flavors. Plus, it adds a little heat to this summerlicious meal.
As the weather cools down, pair your salad with a velvety Pumpkin Soup. The creamy warmth of the soup stands in delightful contrast to the salad’s crispness, offering a comforting and cozy dining experience.
So there you have it – you can mix and match to choose the perfect addition for your meal. Enjoy every delicious bite!
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Avocado Mediterranean Salad
Give your classic Mediterranean Salad a boost of flavour with diced avocados and a light lemon dressing. Adding a creamy, dreamy texture, avocados make this salad into a refreshing treat, any day of the year.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: Appetizer
MEDITERRANEAN SALAD INGREDIENTS:
- 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 English cucumber, chopped
- 1/4 red onion, chopped
- 2 avocados, diced
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)
LEMON DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, garlic and pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and parsley. Mix well. Toss with lemon dressing. Add in avocados and gently toss.
- Plate and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 123
- Sugar: 3.44
- Sodium: 161
- Fat: 8.56
- Saturated Fat: 1.41
- Unsaturated Fat: 5.48
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 11.2
- Fiber: 4.24
- Protein: 2.42
- Cholesterol: 0.11
Keywords: quick and easy summer salad, easy salad made with fresh cucumber tomatoes and avocado,
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