Special Diet - Created Date : 23.9.2019
I love a good, easy to make avocado salad and this one is one of my favorites.
It’s a quick and easy salad to put together that uses just a couple of fresh, summer veggies. Juicy cherry tomatoes, cool, crunchy cucumber and creamy avocado.
I’ve added some salty feta, red onion and a little minced parsley as well. Toss with a simple red wine vinaigrette and the salad is ready in under 15 minutes.
In this simple tomato, cucumber, avocado and feta salad, I’ve used a mix of red and orange cherry tomatoes but any type of tomato will work well in this recipe.
How to make this tomato, cucumber, avocado salad:
Chop up the cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado and add to a large salad bowl. You want to cut the veggies to be roughly all the same size.
Add feta, red onion and parsley to the salad. Pour the dressing over all the ingredients and gently stir. And you are ready to serve!
This is great as a side dish or serve it as your main course with some crunchy french bread, cheese and maybe some fresh fruit and you’ve got a cool, easy lunch for a hot day.
Tips for making this recipe:
Wondering how to tell if an avocado is ripe? Just hold it in your palm and squeeze gently. Ready to eat avocados will be firm but yield slightly to gentle pressure. Don’t squeeze it with your fingers though – that can cause bruises.
Because this is such a simple salad, presentation means a lot. So try and cut all your ingredients to be roughly the same size.
Soak the red onion slice in a little water, for a couple of minutes, before mincing. This will remove some of the raw onion taste.
Avocado does not refrigerate well. So if you are not eating it right away, wait to add the avocado until just before serving.
It you want to make a vegan version of this tomato, cucumber, avocado salad then substitute kalamata olives for the feta cheese.
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Thanks so much, Mary, for taking the time to leave a comment and let me know you enjoyed it. This recipe has been a hit with family and kids – perfect for the hot summer months coming up. Thanks again!
Made this tonight and it was delicious. I forgot to buy feta so I put a little chopped asiago in it, and I added just a teeny amount of cilantro, which I’m not crazy for, but it seemed to fit – and a splash of lime. Will definitely be making again and again!
My office was feeling a little seasonally depressed, so I googled foods that fight seasonal depression. My search lead me to this recipe. I can’t tell you how much laughter and good vibes are flowing through the office right now because of the gem of a recipe! We added cilantro and sunflower seeds, doubled the recipe and have been munching all day!! I could eat this everyday!! Seriously, this salad tastes like summer!! Just what we needed!
Just found this recipe through Pinterest! Looks amazing! I’ve been looking for a light summer salad I can easily make once my newborn twins get home in June. Looks like it would also be good for pregnancy food too. If moms want a more filling dish they could add pasta, diced and steamed shrimp, and the mango someone earlier mentioned… When I go back to the store and get the ingredients I’ll be sure to comment back and say how well this went!
Well I tried this recipe and it is absolutely delicious only problem I had was that I didn’t really taste the avocado but that’s is a fixable problem!!! Just add more lol. Other that that it was absolutely delicious ???? I loved it and my 2 year old daughter did too ??
I made this salad 3 times since I saw it on your site. It is so easy, And so so good!
I rented a beach house for a few weeks and served it to everybody who came over.
They were all very impressed, and wanted the recipe. Thank you, It’s fabulous! Either
on a Summer day or tonight. Anytime.
I’ve made this once before and absolutely LOVED it! I’m making it for a church dinner tomorrow and was wondering if you thought it would work to add some cold farfalle pasta to bulk it up some? Maybe some extra vinaigrette too? I’m tripling the recipe, but since it says “serves 2-4” I’m think I need more!
I absolutely loved this recipe. I’m in Albuquerque visiting my son, his wife and my grandson. They love stuff like this and I’ve wanted to make this for a couple months now. And had the opportunity to last night with grilled chicken breast. It was as good as it looks and more. They loved it also. So simple to make and doesn’t take much time. I will be making this often !!!
This salad was such a hit at a Bridal shower I gave a few weeks ago. Not a bite left and everyone wanted the recipe. What an easy salad to throw together, especially since I had 100 other things to do! It looks so inviting and is such a fresh taste. It’s my new go-to recipe when I have to bring a dish to pass!
My daughter shared this recipe with me, and I’ve made it three times in 10 days…can’t seem to get enough of it. The ingredients are ALWAYS in my kitchen, and the salad is easy to prepare. I don’t just serve a portion to friends or family, I put the whole darn bowl on the table so they can eat to their heart’s delight! Way to go…this recipe is a keeper!
My 13 year old twin boys loved this SOOOO much that I had to make double the second time I made it. We can’t wait to use our tomatoes and cukes from our own garden. I subbed mozzarella cubes for the feta. Such a colorful and refreshing salad for summer!!!!!
Sounds delicious and it’s pretty too! Stopping by from Pinterest. My hubby will love this salad when I make it.
We’d love for you to stop by and share with us at the Summer Salads party. Here is the link, http://bitly.com/1RTRbTh
this is a fantastic salad. The only thing I would do differently is that instead of mincing the red onions and soaking in water. I thinly slice in half moons or smaller and then pour the olive oil and red wine vinegar over the onion. Plus you can sprinkle some dried oregano or fresh over these at this point too if you want.Cover and let sit for a couple of hours …not in the fridge though. You want it room temperature. The onions turn translucent and rawness goes. Add to the salad with all other ingredients.
Hi Jeri – you could try white wine vinegar or maybe lemon juice – the lemon juice would give it a brighter flavor then using vinegar – just make the vinaigrette as per the recipe and switch out the red wine vinegar with white wine vinegar or lemon juice. Also, balsamic vinegar would be an interesting choice – but it would probably change the color of the salad slightly since balsamic is a darker color. Let me know how it works out if you try something different.
I’m having three other families over tomorrow for a game day. We’re having a baked potato bar for lunch and I was going to serve a green salad on the side. But seriously green salads are boring. This popped up right on top in my Pinterest feed this morning. I’m so making it for my friends instead!
saw this and pinned it, and trying tonight. I make something a little similar without the cucumber but add mangoes (and bacon), which are abundant here right now. might throw in some mangoes in for sweetness, but then again…. Great picture, thanks for inspiring!
I made this last night for company, served with filet mignon and crash potatoes I found on Pinterest. It was delicious and a big hit! Perfect for a summer evening dinner and a nice variation from a green salad! Thank you for sharing!
Oh. WoW! Geraldine! I love this salad! So fresh, inviting, creamy and summery! All my favorite ingredients are included and the light vinaigrette with red wine vinegar sounds refreshing. I feel like I can reach through the screen and take a spoonful! Beautiful! (are those tomatoes from you garden?!)
Hi – thank you for your great recipes. I look forward to making this yummy salad. It has such a fresh, clean feel about it. Perfect for summer evenings. I love your recipes and the photography – so appetizing and pretty. And it’s great to be talking with a fellow “Geraldine.”
The Best Healthy Fast Food Options
Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.
Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.
In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.
Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.
Sandwich with cheese and vegetables
One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.
Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.
Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.
A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.
Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.
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2. Taco Bell
Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.
According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.
One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.
Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.
Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.
Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.
Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.
For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.
McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.
Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.
5. Burger King
Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.
It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.
BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.
Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate
Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.
Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.
The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.
Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.
With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes