March 30, 2014

Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado Salad

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Fresh and simple salads make such wonderful dinnertime sides.  And salads don't come much fresher, simpler, or more tasty than this Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado Salad, dressed with a light, flavorful citrus and honey vinaigrette.
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Spring is coming!  Spring is coming!  Yes, I know ... the way the weather has been this winter, I can hardly believe it myself.  But rest assured, spring is absolutely on its way.

And along with the arrival of spring comes my desire to eat fresher, lighter, more produce-filled dishes.

Never fails.  The weather turns a tad warmer, and I want to start cooking with more fruits and vegetables.  Hmmmm ... is it the impending feeling that I'm going to be wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts soon?  Or, is it the knowledge that the farmers market and farm stands will soon be chock full with deliciously fresh locally-grown produce?  
Who knows!  But what I do know is this is one desire I don't even have to think twice about giving in to.

So, with the blooming of the first spring flowers over the past couple of weeks, I've been whipping up this fresh and light Cucumber, Tomato, & Avocado Salad to help satisfy my produce cravings.

Fresh and simple Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad dressed with a light, flavorful citrus and honey vinaigrette.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

The body of this salad is a simple mix of English cucumber, grape tomatoes, ripe avocado, and cilantro.  It's then dressed with a fresh and ever-so-slightly-sweet citrus and honey vinaigrette.  The dressing combination of fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, honey, and extra virgin olive oil is soooooo flavorful.  I absolutely love it!

Fresh and simple Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad dressed with a light, flavorful citrus and honey vinaigrette.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

While this citrus & honey vinaigrette is wonderful on this Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado Salad, I think it would be fantastic as dressing for other salads as well.  It would go beautifully with arugula or baby mixed greens.  Experiment and see what you think!

So, are you ready to get your 'spring' on with fabulous fresh produce?  Pick some up at your local farmer's market or farm stand today, and satisfy that spring desire to eat fresher, lighter, more produce-filled dishes.

Fresh and simple Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad dressed with a light, flavorful citrus and honey vinaigrette.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado Salad
Source:  A Tracey original
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 1 English cucumber, halved lengthwise & sliced
  • 1/2 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 avocados, peeled & diced
  • 1/2 c. chopped cilantro
  • 3 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 2 or 3 tsp. honey {depending on your personal taste ... we like this with 3 tsp.}
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil 
Directions
  1. PREPARE THE DRESSING: In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, lime juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Whisk with a fork until honey dissolves. Add the olive oil and whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  2. PREPARE THE SALAD: In a large bowl, combine the sliced cucumber, halved tomatoes, and cilantro. Gently fold in the diced avocado. Add dressing mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.
Enjoy!


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5 comments:

  1. How do you keep the avocado from going brown when it is in the salad?

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    1. The fresh lemon and lime juice in the dressing keeps the avocado from going brown. Have your dressing mixed up before cutting the avocado and pour the dressing on as soon as you've added the diced avocado, toss gently to coat ... and your avocado will stay green. Enjoy!

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  2. I love to make tomato and cucumber salad but your addition of the avocado and cilantro is genius. I am definitely trying this next time I make it. Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday.

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  3. This is beautiful and right up my alley. Avocado and cilantro is so good together. I'm now following you via fb, pinterest and twitter. :-) Stop by and say hello!

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  4. This sounds like a great fresh salad. I pinned it (seen on Saturday Night Fever)

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