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Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

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Bursting with gorgeous ripe tomatoes and creamy avocado, this Tomato, Avocado & Basil Salad makes the perfect stunning side dish for any meal.

This Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad is hands-down one of my all time favorite salad. I could eat it every, single day and it would never get old. There’s just something about the flavors of ripe juicy tomatoes combined with creamy avocado and fresh basil, then doused in a garlicky balsamic dressing that just does it for me. 

I make this salad for myself as a light lunch and for my family as a simple side that works with just about any dinner. It’s also always a huge hit at potlucks and parties. It’s so vibrant and special looking that everyone wants to dive in. As written the recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, barre3 Challenge and Whole30 friendly. It works for just about everyone, so go grab these simple ingredients and make this salad today!

Kid-friendly notes. Here are some options for adapting the recipe for resistant eaters:

  • Deconstruct it! Serve a few cherry tomatoes and sliced avocados on a plate, with the dressing on the side.
  • Allow him to help you assemble the salad. Kids who help with prep are more likely to sample the finished dish.

Now, on to the recipe!

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Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad


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Bursting with gorgeous ripe tomatoes and creamy avocado, this Tomato, Avocado & Basil Salad makes the perfect stunning side dish for any meal.



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Ingredients

1 pound heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes, sliced

1 pint cherry tomatoes

2 large, ripe avocados, sliced

1 garlic clove, grated or finely minced

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup loosely packed basil leaves, thinly sliced 


Instructions

  1. Arrange the sliced and cherry tomatoes on a large platter. Nestle the avocado pieces in between the tomatoes. Sprinkle with basil leaves.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking together the garlic, vinegar, salt, and olive oil.
  3. When ready to serve, drizzle the dressing over the tomatoes, avocado, and sprinkle with basil. Serve immediately.

Notes

Here are some options for adapting the recipe for resistant eaters:

  • Deconstruct it! Serve a few cherry tomatoes and sliced avocados on a plate, with the dressing on the side.
  • Allow him to help you assemble the salad. Kids who help with prep are more likely to sample the finished dish.

 

6 comments to " Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad "

  • Aimee

    So many wonderful recipes! Is there a way to print them nicely?

    • Robyn Downs

      Aimee, I’m happy you like the recipes! One of the drawbacks of the platform I use for publishing (it’s called Squarespace) is there there isn’t a way to nicely format recipes for printing. I’m hoping they’ll build in the functionality soon, but until then I know some of my readers simply copy and paste the recipe text onto a word doc and then print. 🙂

  • Megan

    I want to pack this in mason jars and bring it to a picnic/outdoor movie tomorrow night. Will the dressing keep the avocados from browning if I dress it right before I head out the door?

    • Robyn Downs

      Megan, picnic/outdoor movie night sounds SO fun! Yes, gently coated the avocado should keep it from browning for a few hours. Enjoy the evening!

  • Tim

    “BASIL” is in the name of the article and recipe but I don’t see it in the ingredients lists or quantity/amount needed. I’ll “wing it” for my meal but just wanted to bring it to your attention.

    • Robyn Downs

      Tim, yes, I see the basil was in the instructions by omitted from the ingredient list. The recipe’s been updated!

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