A creamy avocado-based salad is an easy 30-second side dish to make. It's light and refreshing. Throw in some veggies and you’ve got a quick avocado salad for lunch or dinner that you can eat on the run
Prep dressing - In a small bowl or mason jar, combine the lemon juice, sugar, salt, and olive oil. Use a whisk to combine well. Set aside.
Prep the veggies - Dice the cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions. Chop the avocados just before you are about to make the salad.
Combine - In a large bowl, combine the chopped veggies, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, onions, parsley, and olives.
Dressing - Pour over the salad dressing and toss everything to combine well.
Choosing an avocado
It should be firm but have a little give when you press.
If the avocado is hard it means it is not ready so don't cut it.
You can ripen an avocado in a paper bag in about 2 to 4 days.
Adding a banana to the paper bag will speed up the process of ripening.
Cutting an avocado
Cut each avocado in half first. Then, twist and it should open into two.
Carefully stick the sharp side of a knife into the pit and twist it. The pit will get stuck to the knife. Lift it off and throw the pit.
Next, use a spoon to scoop the whole avocado out of the skin.
Then, cut into strips on one side. Turn and cut again. That should give you squares perfect for your salad.
Store avocado on the counter, in fact, a paper bag will help ripen the avocados quicker.
Always cut avocado just before you are going to serve because it does oxidize quickly.
Squeezing lemon juice and covering it well with plastic will slow the process of oxidization.
If you need half an avocado. Leave the other half with the pit on, wrap well in plastic and store it in the fridge. It will stay good for 24 hours before oxidizing.
Variations to this avocado salad
Chicken avocado salad - make a complete meal for lunch or dinner. Add up to 2 cups of diced cooked chicken breast to the salad.
Tuna avocado salad - Add a can of drained and flaked tuna to the salad.
Shrimp avocado salad - Add up to 2 cups of sauteed shrimp to this avocado salad.
Tomato avocado salad - you can omit the other veggies and add only tomato and avocado with this dressing.
Cucumber avocado salad - omit the other veggies and add only chopped crisp tomato and avocado with this dressing.
Egg avocado salad - add 2 chopped boiled eggs to this salad and dressing.
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