Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado Salad

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cucumber avocado salad
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cucumber avocado salad

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Sometimes you do the best when you’re trying the least.

Maybe you hurl the basketball desperately towards the basket from half-court at the buzzer and make it.

Maybe you find one night that your hair looks awesome just as you’re about to go to bed and bemoan the fact that no one gets to see how good you look.

Maybe you snap a picture of your little niece at the beach and notice later that in the background of the photo you have captured a shot of a centaur sunning himself.

Maybe you make a last-ditch effort to add a healthy component to your meal by using up the random assortment of vegetables that happen to be in your fridge. You grab a half-used cucumber, tomato, and avocado and slice them up. You wonder why you happen to have all these half-used vegetables, I mean, why can’t you ever use a vegetable all at once? You find the answer to this question when you throw some dressing ingredients onto the vegetables and toss it all up, then take a bite and discover that you’ve just made magic.

cucumber avocado salad

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Oh, and that last one about the vegetables happened to me. I know. You totally thought I was making up that crazy little scenario.

This salad was a happy accident that will now be part of our regular rotation. We fell hard for it. There’s a good chance that my husband would’ve drunk the remaining dressing with a straw if I’d given him one.

Why should you try it? It’s perfect for summer. It’s easy and light and refreshing. The depth of flavor from the dressing is the perfect accompaniment to the delicate flavors of the vegetables without overwhelming them.  And with Memorial Day coming up, I think it’d suffice to say that this salad would do any picnic good.

(Also, I haven’t tried this option yet so don’t quote me on it, but I imagine that adding some feta to this could be rather sensational.)

cucumber avocado salad

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado Salad
Recipe type: Cooking for One or Two, Worknight Dinners
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Serves: 2
  • ½ Cucumber, peeled and sliced, with the slices then cut in half
  • ½ Tomato, coarsely chopped
  • ½ Avocado, coarsely chopped
  • 1 T. olive oil (I use lemon-infused)
  • 1 T. red wine vinegar
  • ½ T. sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  1. Add cucumber and tomato to a bowl and sprinkle with all of the ingredients except the avocado. Toss well to coat. Adjust seasonings to taste, if desired. Add avocado and toss gently. Serves 2.
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    July 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    LOVED it the first time I fixed it (just as listed), tonight I am going to add grilled chicken to it, for a cold supper in this 115 heat index.

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    June 1, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I need this salad in my life. Like soon. And right before I read the line about the feta, I was actually thinking it. 🙂 Love when great recipes come together with little effort!

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    May 31, 2011 at 2:27 am

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    May 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

    crisp cucumber paired with creamy avocado and juicy tomato, eh? sounds MAGNIFICENT.

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    Sawsan@chef in disguise
    May 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I love it..sometimes less is really more..
    I agree with you, I think feta would be amazing with this

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    May 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    This sounds like a great salad for summer!

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    May 26, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Anything with avocado, sign me uppp. Love that beautiful green fruit!

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    May 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Sometimes the simplest things are the best and this is one of those times. I don’t think I could stop myself adding some fresh basil though (I don’t know when to stop) and the feta would be lovely too!!

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    May 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    This salad does look wonderful for a summer picnic! And I think the feta idea is awesome – would be wonderful sprinkled over the top. Yum!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    May 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Yum! Sounds healthy, fresh and delicious. I love avocados in anything!

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    May 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I love happy accidents- especially when they are food related! This sounds perfect for summer and I bet you’re right about the addition of feta.

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    May 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I love this. My wife’s mom makes a simple salad like this, without the avocado. Avocado makes everything better.

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    Simply Life
    May 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    what a perfect summer salad!

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    McKayla @ Green Groats
    May 24, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Yes. I agree. I bet adding some feta would be a sensational addition!!

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    Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    May 24, 2011 at 2:22 am

    What a great simple summer salad! I heart avocados. 🙂

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    May 24, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Deliciously healthy, or health-packed delicious, either way works:) I love the combination in this salad, all my favorites:D

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    5 Star Foodie
    May 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    A perfect simple summer salad! I always love the combination of tomatoes and avocado and i bet it is great with the cucumber too!

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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat)
    May 24, 2011 at 1:00 am

    So simple and delicious! Looks like the perfect summer salad!

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    May 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I am new to your site and love it! I’ll be a frequent visitor from now on…. The salad looks very refreshing and delicious.

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    The Teenage Taste
    May 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I love it when things like that happen to me. This salad looks fab! Avocado is the epitamy of summer for me!

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    May 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Sounds delicious for summer dining on the deck!

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    May 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Sounds delicious especially with the feta!

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    May 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    What a perfect salad for those warm nights when it’s just too hot to cook!

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    May 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Very nice guest post. This salad is so simple that I should just take a note of the dressing/seasonings! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    May 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I love cucumber and tomato salads but never added avocado, what a great idea!

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    May 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Fun guest post 🙂 This is such a great summer salad! My tomatoes are just starting to come in on my plants- I will definitely be making this with them!!

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    May 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    A perfect salad for summer, and for me especially. I love cucumbers and tomatoes, and don’t even get me started on avocados. Thanks for the recipe!

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    May 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    a light healthy salad perfect for those hot summer days!


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    May 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Light and fresh! Great for picnics, BBQ too!

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    May 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Love the idea of tossing what you find half used int he fridge…yours came out nice and so refreshing…have a great week ahead Maris 🙂

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