Avocado Cucumber Salad is as simple as making chunky guacamole! This cucumber salad recipe is fresh, so very simple and goes well with all your summer barbecue!
Note: This post first appeared on June 2, 2010. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.
Summer days mean garden-fresh vegetables, whether you harvest them from your backyard garden, find unusual specimens at the local farmer’s market, or buy them from your trusty grocer. Any way you slice it, the beauty of summer is that there is an abundant supply of fruits and vegetables just waiting to be relished.
Plain and simple is fine and dandy, but it’s always fun to throw delicious produce into a salad or a chunky salsa. When the flavors of the vegetables are given some time to marry in a bit of acid and spices, it can never get boring.
All year-round, but during this time especially, there are four ingredients that are absolute basics in my kitchen. I always have on hand: avocados, cilantro, jalapenos, and limes. The possibilities are endless with these four items – I can garnish and I can add some zing, whether it’s a soup, a sandwich, or, you got it, a salad.
HOW TO MAKE AVOCADO CUCUMBER SALAD
Avocados, cilantro, jalapenos, and limes create the base for some fun summer salad riffs. If that’s all you have, of course, you can whip up a mean guacamole. But if you take a step back and leave it diced and chunky, you’ve got a simple salad that’s easy to throw together!
1. Simply toss the avocado and cucumber in a bowl with red onion, cilantro, and jalapeño.
2. Then dress it with a squeeze of lime juice, and season with salt and pepper. Give a toss and it’s ready to serve!
SUMMER SALAD RIFFS
Once you’ve got the base of this summer salad recipe, you can riff endlessly to create delicious sides for your summer grilling. If you’ve got some leftover corn on the cob, slice and save those kernels and thrown them into your salad base, along with some red onions and grape tomatoes for a delicious Avocado Corn Tomato Salad.
Have some mango and black beans? Go for it!
WHAT DO I SERVE WITH AVOCADO CUCUMBER SALAD?
Whatever you choose, it will be wonderful. Serve it on the side, on top of a chicken breast paillard, over pork chops or fish – it will definitely add a lot of pop and color. And the best part: it makes for a simple but healthy weeknight meal. Try pairing this summer salad with these recipes:
Grilled Vegetable Pizza
Grilled Balsamic-Garlic Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Grilled Flank Steak and Fingerlings with Chimichurri
Honey Spice Marinated Grilled Chicken
Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa
MORE SUMMER SALAD RECIPES TO TRY
Avocado Corn Tomato Salad
Fireworks Pasta Salad
Falafel Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing
Citrus and Avocado Salad with Quick-Pickled Fennel
Lemony Kale, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad
Tomato, Corn and Nectarine Chickpea Salad
Avocado Cucumber Salad
- 1 ripe avocado diced
- 1 1/2 cups English cucumber diced
- 1/2 medium red onion finely diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
- 1/2 jalapenño seeded and pith removed, minced
- 1 lime juiced
- Combine the avocado, cucumber, red onion, cilantro and jalapeño in a bowl.
- Add the lime juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Gently stir to combine.
- Enjoy on its own or as a side to your favorite meal!