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How to Make Tomato Avocado Salad

Kaili loves to cook—from comfort food to fine cuisine—and was the recipient of a silver medal in a food and wine matching competition.

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Colorful and healthy salad. Great as a side dish or all by itself.

Colorful and healthy salad. Great as a side dish or all by itself.

Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

Health and dietary authorities like the Mayo Clinic have recognized the Mediterranean diet as being an important part of a healthy lifestyle that can reduce the risk of heart disease. With its focus on plant-based food, the Mediterranean diet has long been thought to be both curative and restorative. The fruits and vegetables, unrefined cereals, fish, and olive oil that make up the core of this diet all provide wonderful health and nutrition benefits.

This tomato avocado salad is among my favorite salad recipes, and I usually make it at least once a week during the summer. It tastes so good and is so good for you. To crank up the nutritional benefits of this salad even further, this recipe calls for the addition of omega 3-6-9 oil. Don’t let all the oil in this recipe scare you off. Like olive oil, the health benefits of omega 3-6-9 oil are very well known.

In addition, this wonderful salad recipe is ready in no time flat, and the fresh cilantro (coriander) and lime juice makes it just the thing to serve on a hot summer day.

Ready? Let's get cooking!

Just a few simple ingredients are needed.

Just a few simple ingredients are needed.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

Serves two people as a main dish or four as a side

Ingredients

  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • 10 ounces (283 grams) grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 4 (about 1/4 cup) green onions, diced (including the green parts)
  • 2 tablespoons good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons good-quality omega 3-6-9 oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lime

Instructions

  1. Have a look at the helpful video above if you have never peeled an avocado before.
  2. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise by piercing the skin with a paring knife until you reach the pit and then running the knife all the way around the avocado. Twist the two halves slightly to pull them apart. You can either scoop out the pit or carefully but firmly hit the pit with a large knife. This will allow you to lift the pit out (you may need to give it a slight twist first). Using a spoon, scoop the flesh from the avocado into a salad bowl. Alternatively, you can score the flesh and pop it out by turning the skin inside out.
  3. Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise and add them to the bowl.
  4. Dice the green onions into small pieces and add to the bowl, being sure to add some of the green parts as well.
  5. Chop the fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves and add them to the bowl.
  6. Juice ½ a fresh lime and pour the juice over top of the salad ingredients. Then add both the olive and the omega oils.
  7. Gently stir all of the ingredients together until everything is well mixed.
  8. To serve, spoon the salad onto individual serving plates. Enjoy!

Tips for Making This Wonderful Salad Recipe

  1. Finding Ripe Avocados: To find ripe avocados, look for ones that have darker skins and are slightly soft to the touch. If they are still a little hard, put them in a brown paper bag and leave them on the counter for a day or two to ripen.
  2. Finding the Omega Oil: Look for good-quality omega oil at your local health food store. It is often found in the refrigerated section of the store. I like Udo's 3-6-9 Blend, which provides a 2:1:1 ratio of omega-3:6:9.

Health Benefits of Omega Oils

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are fatty acids that our bodies cannot manufacture, but that are required for the maintenance of good health. This means that we need to get these fatty acids from the foods we eat. Originally classified as vitamins when they were first discovered, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids were later classified as fats. Omega-9 fatty acids, though very beneficial to health, are not classed as essential fatty acids because our bodies have the enzymes required to manufacture them. EFAs are the source of almost all of the polyunsaturated fat found in our diets.

  • Omega-3: These polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in oily fish, including herring, sardines, salmon, and anchovies. Flaxseeds are also a major source of omega-3. Several studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids—especially EPA and DHA—are beneficial in preventing heart disease in humans. While some benefits of consuming omega-3s have already been proven and endorsed by bodies including the FDA and American Heart Association, other purported benefits require further study.
  • Omega-6: These unsaturated fatty acids are critical for muscle and brain development and for the overall wellbeing of the nervous system. Major sources of omega-6 include avocado, eggs, poultry, whole grains, nuts, and oils—including flaxseed, soybean, and sunflower oils.
  • Omega-9: Omega-9 fatty acid is a monounsaturated fat (but not an essential fatty acid) capable of lowering cholesterol levels. Like other fatty acids, it also supports healthy inflammation responses within the body. There is evidence that people with rheumatoid arthritis experience a reduction in pain when taking omega-9 and omega-3. Oleic acid, which is a member of the omega-9 family, is found in olive oil.

As with anything that is beneficial, omega oils should not be consumed in excess. There are some indications that they can have serious side effects if consumed in large quantities.

Omega-3/Omega-6 Ratio

The most important factor in consuming these fatty acids is to get the ratio correct. North American diets are too high in omega-6 and are deficient in omega-3, and getting this ratio to where it should be is one of the keys to good health. In fact, there is mounting evidence that a proper ratio may also reduce PSA levels associated with prostate cancer (1).

The Mediterranean diet is one that has a healthy balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

(1) Source: UCLA Medicine Magazine

Additional Nutrients Per Serving (% Daily Value*)

avocado-3-6-9-salad

© 2012 Kaili Bisson

Comments

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on July 04, 2012:

Hi emily, it really is a great combination isn't it. The coriander and lime juice gives this salad a nice lift.

emilybee on July 04, 2012:

YUM! I love avocado and tomatoes, I made this a few weeks ago, I'll make it again soon as I have a ripened avocado ready to use :-) Great photos!

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on July 03, 2012:

hi Thelma. You are welcome! Please let me know how you like it once you have tried it.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on July 03, 2012:

Wow! Simple, easy and healthy. Thanks for sharing. I´ll make it soon;-)

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on July 02, 2012:

Hello livingpah and thank you for reading and voting :-) It is so easy to make and tastes really good. The lime and coriander give it a nice boost!

Milli from USA on July 02, 2012:

Wow! Looks very simple to make, healthy and nutritious.

Great information and voted up!

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 28, 2012:

Hi teaches...the trick is to not let him know it is good for him :-)

Dianna Mendez on June 27, 2012:

I love a good avocado salad. Yours is one that would be a daily meal for me .... if I could talk my hubby into it.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 27, 2012:

Thanks tobusiness. I hope you enjoy it!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on June 27, 2012:

This looks tasty and healthy, you've packed a lot of useful information here. Definitely one to try.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 27, 2012:

Hi ytsenoh, you are so welcome. Please let me know what you think once you have tried it :-)

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on June 26, 2012:

Definitely making this. Thanks much!

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 26, 2012:

Hi Om, glad you like it :-) Somehow I thought you would enjoy this recipe, and I'll bet you can find the best avocados where you are.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 26, 2012:

Hi aviannovice, it really is good and good for you. And so easy to get it ready if you have all the ingredients in the fridge.

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 26, 2012:

Hi buddy and thank you for reading. Please let me know what you think once you have had a chance to try it :-)

Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 26, 2012:

Hi Crystal. thank you so much!

Om Paramapoonya on June 26, 2012:

Haha very clever title! Can't wait to try this. I'll get some avocados from my neighborhood farmers' market next weekend. :)

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 26, 2012:

Looks like a good salad.

buddybaker on June 26, 2012:

I love this recipe. I can't wait to try it. Thank you.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on June 26, 2012:

This is a great recipe! Voted up.