• Tomato and Avocado Salad

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    Tomato and Avocado Salad
    Prep: 10 min Servings: 4
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    This is a wonderful salad. Steeping the avocado in the lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper for an hour before serving is a real key to the flavor. We served this with small but flavorful tomatoes, so instead of the presentation recommended below, we just tossed everything together and served it. If I had big slices of heirloom tomatoes (which would be ideal) I would definitely serve it stacked as below. Enjoy!


    • 1 ripe avocado (about 8 ounces)
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 large ripe tomato (12 to 16 ounces)
    • 4 cups salad greens (a mixture of different young,
    • tender greens and herbslike mesclun ), rinsed and dried
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 3 tablespoons virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


    1. About 1 hour (but not more than 2) before serving the salad, cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and cut the flesh into 1/2-inch pieces. In a small bowl, toss the avocado pieces
    2. with the 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Set aside.
    3. Just before serving, cut the tomato into four thick slices, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
    4. Combine the dressing ingredients in a bowl large enough to hold the salad greens. Add the greens and toss thoroughly.
    5. Divide the greens among four salad plates. Place a slice of tomato in the center of each plate of greens, and top with the avocado.
    6. Sprinkle with the cilantro, and serve immediately.

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    • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
      Arturo Féliz-Camilo
      Ideal for the incredibly hot weather here in Dominican Republic right now! thanks! Especially this year since we're having a wonderful avocado season!
      • John Spottiswood
        John Spottiswood
        Hope you enjoy it Arturo...and jealous of your wonderful avocado season!


      • judee
        Looks like a really good salad. Avocado is so delicious.
        • John Spottiswood
          John Spottiswood
          I hope you enjoy it Judee!
        • Andra Kiser
          Andra Kiser
          Mmm! Sounds great!
          • Tom Lane
            Tom Lane
            Thank you. I will definitely try this one, I love avocado.
            • John Spottiswood
              John Spottiswood
              I hope you enjoy it Tom. Pre-marinating the avocado is something I've never done before, and it really is a great trick!

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