Here's a delicious avocado salad recipe that only takes 10 minutes to make but comes with the potential for life-long companionship.
It's versatile too, so feel free to get creative with the fixings to make it a fit for your taste buds. The only thing not up for debate though is the seasoning of the avocados; this seems to be the key so plan on using at least 1/4 teaspoon of salt for each avocado.
Avocado Salad Recipe
We're serving it with some Lime Cilantro Dressing that can be whipped up in a blink:
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lime (1 tablespoon+)
1/2 jalapeno pepper
1 garlic clove
10-15 sprigs cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly cracked black pepper
Combine well and give it a try for some potential tweaks. If it's too tart for your taste, add a bit more oil. If it's too oily for your taste, add a bit more lime juice.
You'll end up with 5-6 tablespoons of delish dressing, but don't feel compelled to use it all. I think the dish itself tastes best when there is just a hint of the dressing (I only used 2-3 tablespoons). Of course, that's assuming that the avocados are seasoned properly.
For the salad fixings you'll need:
1/2 English cucumber
2 Roma tomatoes
1/4 red onion
I used 3 smaller avocados but 2 larger ones would probably do the job too.
Add these ingredients to a mixing bowl along with some freshly cracked pepper and 3/4 teaspoon salt (1/4 teaspoon for each avocado). Combine well.
But before you add any dressing take a taste. This will give you a good idea of how much dressing your taste buds will require.
If you're in the "hint of dressing" category like me then about 2-3 tablespoons of the Lime Cilantro Dressing should be enough for the entire batch, but of course you are welcome to add a bit more.
We're also topping this dish with a healthy dose of Cotija cheese.
If you're new to Cotija cheese it's worth trying to find a source in your neighborhood. Some general markets will carry it, and of course if you have a Hispanic market in your area you'll definitely find it there.
It has a similar texture to Parmesan but with a sharper, saltier flavor. A good alternative for Cotija is Feta, so feel free to use that as a substitute.
You can also add a final sprinking of freshly chopped cilantro if you've gone easy on the dressing and want a bit more of the cilantro flavor.
Yum! If all went according to plan you've got a potential life-long friend on your hands.
And since it's technically a salad you've got special permission to eat as much of it as you want. Because it's a salad. Right?!
Avocado Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing
- 2-3 avocados
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1/4 red onion
- 3/4 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Cotija cheese (or Feta)
- freshly chopped cilantro (for garnish)
For the Lime Cilantro Dressing:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- juice of 1 lime (1 tablespoon+)
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper
- 1 garlic clove
- 10-15 sprigs cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Give the cucumber, cilantro and tomatoes a good rinse.
- Finely chop 1/2 English cucumber, 2 Roma tomatoes, 1/4 red onion, and the flesh of 2-3 avocados. (I used 3 smaller avocados).
- Add to a mixing bowl along with 3/4 teaspoon salt and some freshly cracked black pepper. Combine well and take a taste. This will give you an idea of how much dressing you'll need.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons Lime Cilantro Dressing (or more) and mix well.
- Top with a sprinkling of Cotija cheese and freshly chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.
- For the Lime Cilantro Dressing, add 1/4 cup olive oil to a blender or food processor along with the juice of 1 lime, 1/2 jalapeno pepper, 1 garlic clove, 10-15 sprigs cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and some freshly cracked black pepper. Combine well.
For a change of pace, you could top this salad with our Toasted Cumin Lime Vinaigrette.
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