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.
That’s where this avocado salad comes in.
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.
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!
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.
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.
What Pairs Well with Avocado Salad
Here are my favorite pairings for this avocado salad: