This cucumber avocado salad is bursting with fresh flavor! All fresh ingredients make this a healthy, family dinner option. Plus a quick and easy homemade lemon vinaigrette really brightens things up.
This cucumber avocado salad is made up of cucumbers, avocado, a medley of colorful cherry tomatoes, fresh parsley, fresh dill and an easy to make lemon vinaigrette.
I pulled a bit of inspiration from this recipe for greek chicken and rice bowls with avocado feta dip. But solely focusing on all the produce for this salad recipe.
It couldn't be any easier to whip this up for a side dish at dinner or to serve at a backyard BBQ. It's so light but has so much flavor.
The fresh herbs make this salad come to life, the dill is perfect with the lemon vinaigrette.
If for some reason you don't like dill you could leave it out, or replace it with another fresh herb like cilantro for a southwest type of taste. Which would be perfect to serve with a plate of skillet white chicken enchiladas.
Ingredients For Cucumber Avocado Salad
Here's what you'll need to make this cucumber avocado salad. The full ingredient list with amounts needed is below in the recipe card along with the instructions.
Since this such an easy recipe you can really decide how much of each ingredient you want. If you love avocados then add more! Take away anything you don't.
- avocados - large or small avocados are perfect, if you love avocado go for the large ones
- english cucumber - the reason to use an english cucumber vs regular cucumber is because an english cucumber has less seeds and is less watery, I also find them to be more crisp
- cherry tomatoes - have fun with the cherry tomatoes, I love buying the colorful ones so you get red, orange and yellow in your bunch
- dill - opt for fresh dill
- parsley - and fresh parsley as well
- salt and pepper - for flavor
- sunflower oil - this is for the vinaigrette, it's a flavorless oil that is healthy and works well for salad dressing
- lemon juice - you'll need 1-2 lemons
- lemon zest - just a little zest from your lemons, a little will go a long way
Did you know that an avocado is a fruit? It has a pit in it, which classifies it as a fruit. Technically cucumbers and tomatoes are also fruits. I guess that makes this a fruit salad???
To tell if an avocado is ripe all you need to do is give it a little squeeze. It should have a bit of give to it, firm but soft, if that makes sense. If it feels like a rock, it's not ripened yet.
Another way to tell if your avocado is ripe is to take out that little nub on the end of it. If it comes right off, it's ready. If it's sort of stuck on, the avocado needs more time to ripen.
How to quickly ripen an avocado you ask? Place it in a brown paper bag and close the bag. The ethylene it naturally produces will circulate in the bag and help it ripen faster.
Avocados grow on a tree but ripen off the tree. They are so good for you, containing healthy fats and antioxidants. I use them in a lot of recipes, like this buffalo chicken avocado salad and this steak and vegetable salad.
And if you've ever noticed the strings inside an avocado when you cut into it, don't be alarmed, it's normal (according to this article from Health). Those strings bring nutrients to the avocado. Some varieties are bound to have them, where others, like Hass avocados are not as likely to.
How To Make Cucumber Avocado Salad
Start by making the vinaigrette. Whisk together the sunflower oil, lemon juice and lemon zest in a bowl until its come together then let it chill in the fridge while you make the salad.
Grab a large bowl and add the sliced cucumbers. If you want the cucumbers to be a uniform size, then you can use a mandolin slicer but it's not necessary.
Next cut the cherry tomatoes in half, this is a bit tedious but doesn't take too long. In to the bowl they go. Chop up the fresh herbs and add them as well followed by a few pinches of salt and pepper.
Toss this all around before adding the avocado, so they don't get mushy. Add the avocado last. If you are worried about the avocado browning, you can squeeze some lemon juice on top of them.
Drizzle the vinaigrette over everything and you are done.
What To Serve Cucumber Avocado Salad With
Since this is such a healthy, refreshing salad you can serve it with just about anything! It really is the perfect salad to bring to a get together.
Or use this recipe for homemade pizza dough to come up with your own pizza creation!
- 1 English cucumber, washed and sliced
- cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 2 large avocados, pitted and sliced
- fresh dill, a few bunches, chopped (a little dill goes a long way) *see note
- fresh parsley, a handful, chopped
- salt, pinch
- pepper, pinch
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 4 tbsp lemon juice, 1-2 lemons
- Zest of a lemon, can be as little or as much as you want
- Prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together the sunflower oil, lemon juice and lemon zest, chill in the fridge
- Grab a large bowl
- Wash your produce
- Slice the cucumbers thinly, add to the bowl
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, add to the bowl
- Chop up the dill and parsley, add to the bowl
- Sprinkle with a few pinches of salt and pepper
- Toss together
- Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and use a spoon to scoop it out, following the skin of the avocado as a guide
- Slice the avocado, add it to the bowl
- Drizzle the vinaigrette over everything
- When using fresh dill, a little goes a long way, if you are unsure about how much dill flavor you would like, then I suggest starting with less and working your way up - too much dill can overpower the salad
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
This information comes from online calculators. Although moderncrumb.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.