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Avocado Salad

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This 3 Ingredient Simple Avocado Salad Recipe is the perfect substitute to guacamole for avocado lovers out there. With just three ingredients, you’ll be mind-blown at how delicious and healthy this avocado salad is!

I love avocado in salads – avocado corn salad, shrimp avocado salad and avocado egg salad, they all taste amazing!

Avocado Salad

3-Ingredient Easy Avocado Salad Recipe

I love guacamole, it’s true! In fact, I love it so much that I have no less than three recipes already shared, including a super simple guacamole recipeGreek yogurt guacamole, and salsa guacamole. I also have a Greek yogurt avocado dip with buffalo sauce, which is delicious. However, this time I’d like to share something a little different with this quick and easy avocado salad!

In a way, this avocado salad is a little like a deconstructed guacamole. However, with the careful selection of green onions in place of the classic cilantro, this healthy green salad manages to hold its own without simply tasting like un-mashed guac. All you need is just five ingredients – avocado, lemon juice, green onions, and salt and pepper! What could be easier?! Really, it’s only 3 ingredients too, since no one counts the salt and pepper as separate ingredients in recipes!

sliced avocados for avocado salad

And sure, avocados pair wonderfully with other veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, etc. as we’ve already proven with this chickpea salad and Mexican kale salad. However, the star of the show in this easy salad really is the avocado! But I will, of course, list some of my favorite optional add-ins for this salad below too!

Avocado is probably actually one of my favorite additions to any fresh salad. So much do, that it’s part of over a dozen salads on the blog including the two mentioned above plus a healthy taco salad, Mediterranean quinoa salad, smoked salmon salad, and more! This time, we’re going right back to the basics to really appreciate this antioxidant-rich, creamy, delicious ingredient.

While this pairs wonderfully with all your favorite Mexican and Tex Mex dishes, it’s also a great addition to any meal needing a simple salad side and the addition of some healthy fats too. Keep reading for all my favorite suggestions!

How to Choose, Store and Ripen Avocados

  • Look for fruit that is firm yet gives slightly when gently squeezed. If it’s overripe it will be too soft and ‘mushy’ when squeezing.
  • If the avocado is hard, it’s not ready to eat yet. You can then follow the tips below to ripen it.
  • Ripening avocados on a counter takes about 2-4 days depending on the temperature and how unripe they were to begin with.
  • To speed up the ripening process, place them in a paper bag with a banana. The ethylene gases produced by the bananas will help to speed up the ripening process.
  • You can refrigerate unripened avocados until you are ready to ripen them. I always stock up.
  • Once beginning to ripen, store any avocados you don’t want to use immediately in the fridge. That way it’ll slow down the ripening rocess.

Bonus Tip: I recently realized you could even freeze whole avocados. I usually only do this when I’m going to use the avocado within smoothies and recipes where it’s not the ‘key ingredient’ as the texture can change a little.

The Ingredients

  • Avocado: If you’re wanting to make the avocado ‘on the day,’ then purchase your avocado ripe. Otherwise, it’s best to purchase them unripened rather than risk them going bad before you get around to the recipe.
  • Lemon Juice: Or optionally lime juice. Please don’t use bottled, this salad has such simple ingredients that you really need to use the best, freshest ingredients.
  • Green Onions: Thinly sliced green onions pair amazingly with ripe avocado. You can also experiment with other herbs like parsley but be careful of cilantro as it will just make the salad taste like guacamole.
  • Salt & Pepper: To season, nothing complicated is required for this recipe!
ripe avocados in a glass bowl

Optional Add-Ins

Obviously, there are tons of ways to adapt this avocado with tons of extras, but there’s no point in me mentioning every little thing, otherwise you’ll end up with completely different salad. However, here are a few simple add-ins you may enjoy that still keep avocados as the star.

  • Tomatoes: A handful of grape or cherry tomatoes chopped in half will complement the avocado well and make for a beautiful addition too.
  • Cucumber: Just 1/4- 1/2 a small cucumber chopped into quartered slices will add a little crunch to the avocado salad.
  • Red Onion: When combined with any or all of the above and avocado, red onion helps add crunch and a slightly bitter tang. To remove the ‘harshness’ of raw onion, you could soak the onion in ice water for 10-15 minutes before adding it to the avocado salad.
  • Cheese: A little crumbled feta, goat’s cheese, or similar type of cheese will elevate the flavor of this avocado salad recipe further. You can also enjoy mozzarella and avocado in this tomato mozzarella salad.
  • Salad Dressing: If you want to boost the flavor further, then the addition of a simple herby olive oil-based dressing would work wonders as I used for this white bean salad.

For an avocado salad that combines tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and corn with avocado, you’ll love this avocado corn salad.

How to Make Avocado Salad

  • Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit: To do this, abruptly stick the sharp end of a knife into the pit and twist it. Be careful when removing the pit from your knife, learn the correct way in this step by step avocado cutting tutorial! Then cut each half into 2-3 strips (depends how wide), peel and slice. This way, the avocado slices won’t get squashed (which can happen if you try to chop them while only halved.)removing pit from avocado and sliced avocado
  • Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl: Combine the avocados, green onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir gently with a wooden spoon. That’s it! avocado, green onion, salt and pepper in a bowl and lime juice in glass

How To Make Ahead and Store

Storing: Like many avocado recipes, as soon as the fruit is exposed to oxygen, it will start to oxidize and brown. Though the lemon juice will help keep them green for longer, this avocado salad is best eaten within 6 hours. You may be able to keep it for up to a day if it’s stored wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or an airtight container.

To make ahead: You can chop and toss the avocado in the citrus juice up to four hours before adding the remaining ingredients and serving.

What to Serve With Avocado Salad?

The versatility of this easy salad really shines through when it comes to deciding what to pair it with, as there tons of options. Here are just a few of my top suggestions.

simple avocado salad on tortilla with bean sprouts and hot sauce

More Healthy Avocado Recipes

You can also check out my full list of avocado recipes, or even this list of 45 healthy salads!

Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad {3 Ingredients}

This 3 Ingredient Simple Avocado Salad Recipe is the perfect substitute to guacamole for avocado lovers out there. With just three ingredients, you'll be mind-blown at how delicious and healthy this avocado salad is!
4.91 from 11 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs avocados about 7 medium
  • 1/2 cup green onion
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To cut avocados, cut each fruit in half and remove the pit (I abruptly stick sharp end of the knife into the pit and twist it).
    Avocado Salad
  • Then cut each half into 2-3 strips (depends how wide), peel and slice. This way avocado slices do not turn into a mush.
    Avocado Salad
  • In a large salad bowl, add avocados, green onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
    Avocado Salad
  • Stir gently with a wooden spoon and consume within next 5-6 hours. Great on its own, on a toasted pita or in a wrap.
    Avocado Salad

Storing: Like many avocado recipes, as soon as the fruit is exposed to oxygen, it will start to oxidize and brown. Though the lemon juice will help keep them green for longer, this avocado salad is best eaten within 6 hours. You may be able to keep it for up to a day if it's stored wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or an airtight container.

    Make ahead: You can chop and toss the avocado in the citrus juice up to four hours before adding the remaining ingredients and serving.

      Notes

      • Avocado: If you’re wanting to make the avocado ‘on the day,’ then purchase your avocado ripe. Otherwise, it’s best to purchase them unripened rather than risk them going bad before you get around to the recipe.
      • Lemon Juice: Or optionally lime juice. Please don’t use bottled – this salad has such simple ingredients that you really need to use the best, freshest ingredients.
      • Green Onions: Thinly sliced green onions pair amazingly with ripe avocado. You can also experiment with other herbs like parsley – but be careful of cilantro as it will just make the salad taste like guacamole.
      See Recipe Post for more Variations and Tips.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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