This healthy avocado salad is like deconstructed guacamole with avocado, tomatoes and a lime dressing. Serve as a healthy side or top with grilled protein for a meal-sized salad.

Let me start by saying that I love love love guacamole. The one thing I don’t love is eating a bazillion chips. Okay, I do actually enjoy eating a bazillion chips, but usually I feel blah if I eat too many. And let’s be honest, it’s insanely difficult to stop eating chips once you start.

Serving bowl with avocado and tomato salad garnished with lime and cilantro.

That’s where this avocado salad comes in.

Salad bowl with avocado tomato salad garnished with lime and cilantro. A fork is in the bowl.

It’s like deconstructed guacamole. No chips needed so you can feel good about eating it any time you please and don’t have to worry about getting caught in a can’t stop, won’t stop moment with those tortilla chips.

Halves of red onion, avocado and tomatoes on a table surrounded by fresh cilantro.

Avocado Salad Ingredients

This salad has similar ingredients to what you’d find in traditional guacamole, but we’re keeping everything in large chunks instead of mashing it all together so it’s easier to eat with a fork and feels more like a traditional salad than a dip. Here’s what you need:

  • avocados – look for avocados that give slightly when you press on the flesh. If they’re too firm that means they aren’t ripe yet!
  • cilantro – the perfect herb accompaniment to avocados and a key ingredient in this salad
  • red onion – adds a little zest , crunch and a ton of flavor to the salad. If raw red onion feels too pungent you can soak the onion slices in bowl of ice cold water for a 10-15 minutes before using. After soaking, just drain and use! This will mellow out the flavor a bit.
  • roma tomatoes – I love the slight sweetness and burst of texture the tomatoes add to the salad.
  • lime dressing – a simple combination of olive oil, lime juice, maple syrup, garlic and salt. It’s sooo good!

Glass mixing bowl with chopped tomato, red onion, avocado and cilantro.

Don’t Skip the Lime Dressing

I must say… the lime dressing totally makes this salad! It adds the citrus, salty component that all good guacamole has and makes the salad insanely delicious. I could literally eat it every day. If only I had an endless supply of avocados.

Clear measuring cup with a lime homemade dressing and a spoon.

How to Serve Avocado Salad

This salad is great as a healthy appetizer or side dish with a Mexican-themed meal.  It can also work as a healthy lunch/dinner entrée when paired with a protein like grilled chicken, shrimp, tofu or tempeh. It would be delicious served with my chicken enchiladas or these sheet pan shrimp fajitas.

Serving bowl with avocado and tomato salad garnished with lime and cilantro. A spoon is in the bowl.

What Pairs Well with Avocado Salad

Here are my favorite pairings for this avocado salad:

Serving bowl with avocado and tomato salad garnished with lime and cilantro.

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Serving bowl with avocado and tomato salad garnished with lime and cilantro. A spoon is in the bowl.

Avocado Salad

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan


This healthy avocado salad is like deconstructed guacamole with avocado, tomatoes and a lime dressing. Serve as a healthy side or top with grilled protein for a meal-sized salad. 


  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup sliced red onion
  • 4 roma tomatoes, chopped

Lime Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Make dressing: Place all ingredients for the dressing in a small jar. Shake or stir until everything is combined. Add salt to taste.
  2. Mix salad: Chop all of your salad ingredients and add to a large bowl. Top with the dressing, toss salad and enjoy!
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 salad
  • Calories: 206
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 157mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Recipe rating

    1. Vittoria
      April 22, 2021 AT 1:38 pm

      Eating it right this moment! So good! I cit the recipe in half so I could save the ingredients for the next couple days to make fresh again. Thanks girl! I will be trying your other recipes too!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 23, 2021 AT 1:04 pm

        Woo! That makes me so happy to hear, Vittoria! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Alyssa Woulfe
      April 17, 2021 AT 8:16 am

      This will be on repeat for us this summer! So much great flavor and it was a huge hit for my guacamole-loving kiddos ages 2, 4, and 7. They didn’t even notice the chips were missing.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 19, 2021 AT 12:22 pm

        Woo! That makes me so happy to hear, Alyssa! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

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      July 18, 2019 AT 5:28 am

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    5. Martin Adam
      July 2, 2019 AT 3:44 am

      Great share! Thank you for the post.

    6. MaryLou Sucheski
      June 24, 2019 AT 11:35 am

      Delicious, delightful. Fresh!
      It’s great for a warm summer night meal.
      The best part is the lime dressing. It just perks everything up.
      Our family has made it 3x in a row. None left over every time. Served as a side dish/salad with grilled marinated chicken and grilled marinated flank steak with chimichurri sauce.
      Try it. Your guests will ask for the recipe (ours did!).

    7. Linda Tierney
      June 21, 2019 AT 4:31 pm

      An avocado is not just an avocado. There are the 2/$1 size and there is the $2 size. It would be helpful to state a size. I’m all for avocado so a couple of large ones work fine for me but make a considerable difference in calories.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2019 AT 4:34 pm

        For this recipe I used medium/large avocados. I’ve never seen 2/$1 avocados! 🙂

    8. Liv Parramore
      May 5, 2019 AT 9:15 am

      How is it only 216 calories if there are two avocados? Is the serving size for half?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 5, 2019 AT 12:52 pm

        The recipe serves 4. 🙂

    9. Sharon Rausch
      May 2, 2019 AT 9:56 am

      Thank you so much for sharing your helpful information. It’s very unique post

    10. Martin Adam
      May 2, 2019 AT 5:34 am

      Awesome write-up! Great share. Thank you for the post.

    11. Marian
      May 1, 2019 AT 6:53 pm

      Making this tonight! The yield says 42 but I assume this means 4 servings…. I could actually eat two whole avocados in one day, but I know I shouldn’t!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 2, 2019 AT 10:18 am

        Yes! That was a typo. It’s 4 servings. Thanks for catching that. I hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

    12. Dani
      May 1, 2019 AT 12:11 pm

      This looks amazing! What a great idea, I’ll definitely be making this with some grilled chicken soon. Do you add additional cilantro in the dressing?

    13. Robin Harris
      May 1, 2019 AT 11:19 am

      This sounds really good! Just wondering why the Cilantro Lime dressing doesn’t have cilantro? 😉

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 1, 2019 AT 11:46 am

        Good catch. The cilantro is in the salad, not the dressing. Just updated the title. 🙂

    14. C V Manian
      May 1, 2019 AT 10:43 am

      I like Guacamole with a warm roti or Paratha. Excellent combination.

    15. Sharon Rausch
      May 1, 2019 AT 10:37 am

      I learn so much from you as well! Thank you so much for sharing your helpful information.

    16. emily
      February 26, 2015 AT 6:30 pm

      I think you may have stumbled upon the most uniformly colored, perfect avocados ever, Brittany! I feel like all the avocados I’ve gotten in the past year are no better than decent — weird little brown veins in them or kinda water-logged or just not CREAMY, you know? Lemme tell you, if I get a pretty gem like this guy, he’ll definitely be showcased in this salad. So pretty!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2015 AT 2:09 pm

        I feel your pain. This avocado was one of the best I’ve gotten this year! 🙂

    17. Jen
      February 23, 2015 AT 3:15 pm

      I absolutely love guacamole and this salad looks top notch!!

    18. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      February 23, 2015 AT 1:00 pm

      Mmm this looks yummy! I’m obsessed with guacamole!

    19. Cara’s Healthy Cravings
      February 23, 2015 AT 12:49 pm

      A perfect salad!
      You could always crumble one or two chips on the top as the “crouton,” just to give it a bit of crunch and saltiness…but then you would have to refrain from reaching more out of the bag 😉

    20. AGS
      February 23, 2015 AT 11:08 am

      Looks like this turned out really well! I’ve been enjoying guac toast since your recommendation and will give this a shot next. The dressing seems fantastic and a perfect fit.

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