Avocado Cucumber Salad in bowl.

Avocado Cucumber Salad

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!

Avocado Cucumber Salad in bowl.
Avocado Cucumber Salad

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.

Avocado Cucumber Salad in a serving bowl with limes and avocados in the background.

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.


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.

Step 1 of how to make Avocado Cucumber Salad.

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!

Steps 2 and 3 of how to make Avocado Cucumber Salad.


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!


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


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
Chickpea Salad

A bowl of Avocado Cucumber Salad with red onion, lime juice, and jalapeños.

Avocado Cucumber Salad

Avocado Cucumber Salad is as simple as making a chunky guacamole! This cucumber salad recipe is utterly simple and goes well with all your summer barbecue!
Avocado Cucumber Salad in bowl.
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5 from 4 votes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 80kcal


  • 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!


Can I make this salad ahead?
Absolutely. This salad can easily be made ahead of time, up to a day before. The lime juice prevents the avocados from browning, but be sure to store in a glass bowl (or some kind of non-reactive bowl) in the refrigerator overnight.
Can I use another cucumber other than English cucumber?
Yes! Persian cucumbers, which are smaller and with nice crunch work well. If you use regular cucumbers, you may want to seed the cucumber to remove excess moisture: simply cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the soft seeds.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. Kate

    5 stars
    Love everything with avocado! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  2. Liz

    5 stars
    Such a perfect summer salad!! With the refreshing cucumbers and creamy avocados, it can’t be beat!!!

  3. lea davenport

    I’m going to try and keep those ingredients in my home for the summer….Thanks for the pup show. I really needed that today!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Cristina

    Those are great basic ingredients to always have on hand during the summer months. So versatile. Fresh, flavorful and welcoming salads. Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  5. betsy

    These avocado salads look terrific. Too bad I have trouble keeping avocado in the house! Looks like I will have to try harder so I can try out one of these recipes.

  6. I Sicilian

    I love these kinds of salads, they are refreshing and love to use them as side dishes to caribbean entrée. Your pictures are lovely

  7. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Wow, gorgeous photos and love healthy, refreshing salads like this! I’ve made tomato, corn, black bean or green bean salads but have two avocados sitting on my counter waiting to be used. Thanks and Congrats on being in the Top 9.


    Beautiful, beautiful new site Liren! And lovely recipes and photos to boot – all ingredients I keep on hand during the season as well; so many choices, so little time! How’s that new grill doing?

    • Liren

      Thank you Kelsey. Yes, those items are always on my shopping list. I’m so excited that this made Top 9!

    • Liren

      Thank you :) It tastes good and summery too, if I say so myself :)

    • Liren

      Hi Denise – these bright summery colors are just so happy, aren’t they? I love summer!

  9. The Housewife

    Love avocados in any form and dish! I have three sitting in my fridge right now and can’t wait to try this!

  10. The Cilantropist

    I really love the number of times you used the word ‘riff’ in this post. :) And I agree: I always have avocado, jalepenos, and of course, cilantro. Now the limes.. that is an inspired idea!

    • Liren

      Oh dear, did I use it too many times? I thought I counted three, including the title! :)

  11. Liz

    Nice post for your new digs! I have all three in my frig right now and will be adding them to a grilled chicken breast!

  12. gastroanthropologist

    Love your new digs! Both salad looks delicious and fresh, the one with corn looks especially tasty. I sometimes do a similar corn salad during summer with leftover grilled corn, a bit of bell pepper and always avocado =).

    • Liren

      Thank you- glad you like the newish site! Ah, love the bell pepper — I’ll be adding that next time I make this salad.

  13. Angela L

    We really seem to think alike when it comes to food. I did corn salad with your chicken marinade and it was amazing. All about the corn though, wish I could take credit. Yum.

    • Liren

      Angela, great minds think alike! I’m so glad you enjoyed the POM marinade — and it’s true — the corn right now is so delicious, they are the star of the salad.

  14. Jean

    Beautiful salad. I always have these four ingredients at home, too, but I’ve never put them together this way–my husband would really like this.

    • Liren

      Thank you, Jean! Hope you make the salad(s) soon – they’re so refreshing.

  15. Donna - Dishy Goodness

    GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! Love the photos and the composition. So beautiful, Liren. Nice work. :)

    • Liren

      Thank you Donna!! I’m so glad you love it — your thoughts on photos always mean so much!

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