Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

This cucumber tomato avocado salad is a healthy side dish that takes no time to put together. It’s our go-to for parties because it fits nearly every diet!

Cucumber tomato avocado salad

Need a salad for when summer tomatoes are at their peak? Here’s our pick for you: this cucumber tomato avocado salad! This one is all about the ingredients: ripe and juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers, and creamy avocado. They’re mixed with lime juice and cilantro for a tangy pop that perfectly accentuates their flavors. This one is great as a side dish for any meal; it specifically jives well with Mexican flavors, what with the lime and cilantro. Here’s how to make it, and what we’d serve with it!

Cucumber tomato avocado salad

How to make this cucumber tomato avocado salad

This salad is all about knife skills! That’s right, the only real work in this salad is chopping. Luckily, Alex and I happen to be knife skills experts: we have a whole video series devoted to it! So we’ll walk you through some of the most important techniques. Here are the ingredients you’ll use for this cucumber tomato avocado salad:

  • Ripe, juicy tomatoes, multi-colored if desired (best during tomato season!)
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes (optional, but they add a subtle complexity

It turns out perfectly flavored: tangy and salty, and highlighting each vegetable to it’s fullest! This salad tastes best right away: and leftovers don’t save so well. We recommend eating this salad the day it is made — and store it at room temperature if you make it a little ahead of eating. Some liquid will build up in the bottom of the bowl, so it’s best to serve it with a slotted spoon.

Now, let’s get into the knife skills and what are the most important skills for this salad.

Cucumber tomato avocado salad

How to thinly slice an onion for salads

Have you ever tried to cut an onion into thin slices, and then the half moons end up being large, floppy, and hard to eat? Here’s a method for thinly slicing an onion for salads that ends up with pieces all roughly the same size. Some people call this method “french-cut”. Whatever the case, it’s how we always slice an onion for salads because it ends up with beautiful thinly sliced slivers.

For this method, you’ll cut off the top and bottom of the onion, then cut it in half. Then you’ll use the knife to cut thin slices from end to end. This method is easiest to watch: so here’s a video of it! Fast forward to 1:45 to watch me slice an onion for a salad.

Video: How to slice an onion for salads

How to remove the pit from an avocado

Another veggie that requires some technique when chopping is avocado! It’s especially important to practice safe techniques when removing the pit of an avocado. We have a great method for removing the pit, and safely releasing the pit from the end of the knife! Again, it’s easier watched than explained, so here’s our video on how to do it:

Video: How to remove the pit from an avocado

How to cut tomatoes and cilantro

Now, in this cucumber tomato avocado salad, you’ve still got to chop the tomatoes and cilantro! Since we’ve got so many videos here already, we’ll let you head over to these posts to learn more about our techniques for chopping tomato wedges and quickly chopping cilantro:

Cucumber tomato avocado salad

How to serve this cucumber tomato avocado salad

This cucumber tomato avocado salad works well as a summer side dish for any meal! It’s specifically suited to Mexican style flavors because of the lime and cilantro. Since we’re always looking for recipes to fit with Mexican-style meals, we were excited to find this salad concept. Here are a few of the recipes we’d accessorize with this salad:

This cucumber tomato avocado salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Cucumber tomato avocado salad

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x

Description

This cucumber tomato avocado salad is a healthy side dish that takes no time to put together. It’s our go-to for parties because it fits nearly every diet!


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Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, multicolored if desired
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 medium cucumber (we like English cucumbers)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Slice the onion into thin slivers and soak it in water while chopping the remaining ingredients (to reduce the strong flavor).
  2. Meanwhile, chop the cucumbers into bite-sized chunks. Chop the avocado. Cut the tomatoes into wedges, leaving the seeds intact. Finely chop the cilantro.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir gently to combine. Serve immediately with a slotted spoon (or allow to stand at room temperature until serving). There will be liquid in the bottom of the bowl, which is ok. Leftovers do not keep well, so eating the day of is recommended!
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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