Friday, August 09, 2013

Summer Tomato Salad Recipe with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

I think this Summer Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime is the perfect lunch on a hot summer day.

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(For Phase One Fridays I highlight Phase One recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and this simple Summer Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime tastes amazing when it's made with ripe garden tomatoes.)

When it's truly hot outside, nothing tastes better to me than a salad like this Summer Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime. The salad started as a lunch inspired by the need to use up some cilantro, but I added juicy tomatoes, avocado, Italian tuna,  and and a dressing with lime juice and it turned out to be a salad recipe I'm sure I'll be making over and over.

I used my favorite Tonno Genova Italian tuna packed in olive oil, which is probably one of the reasons this tasted so good to me. This brand is much less expensive than the imported olive oil packed tuna, and after I found it last summer, I used it in so many salads and never got tired of eating it. Tomatoes don't keep well in the fridge, so I'm giving you the recipe for only two servings. Bookmark the recipe now, so you can make this every summer when you have ripe garden tomatoes.

Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime
(Makes 2 servings, but can easily be doubled. Recipe created by Kalyn.)

1 avocado, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
salt to taste (I used Vege-Sal)
1 can tuna (I love Tonno Genova Italian tuna)
2 cups diced tomatoes (cut into 1 inch pieces)
1/2 cup sliced green onion (or less)
1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro (measure after chopping)
2 T + 1 T fresh squeezed lime juice (I like sour flavors, but you might want to use less lime juice for the dressing.)
2 T extra virgin olive oil
fresh ground black pepper

Peel avocado and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I use this method for peeling and cutting an avocado.) Put avocado pieces into a plastic bowl and toss with 1 T lime juice. Season generously with salt. Cut tomatoes and add to avocado in bowl.

Drain tuna well, flake apart slightly with a fork, and add to bowl with avocado and diced tomatoes. (I chopped the green onion and cilantro while the tuna was draining.) Add sliced green onions and chopped cilantro, then stir very gently to combine. (You will be stirring a bit more when you add the dressing, so don't overmix at this point.)

Whisk together 2 T lime juice and 2 T olive oil. Add dressing to the salad and stir a couple of times, just enough to distribute dressing through salad ingredients. Season salad with fresh ground black pepper and more salt if desired. Serve immediately.

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South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
This salad is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet and for me it was a perfect phase one lunch with nothing else. All the ingredients here are low-carb foods, so this is great for any carb-conscious eating plan, including Paleo. For a more substantial meal for phase one, this would taste great with Chipotle-Lime Deviled Eggs.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Summer Salads with Tomatoes, Including a Couple That May Have Subliminally Inspired This One:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro

Tuna Stuffed Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime

Garbanzo, Tomato, And Cilantro Salad with Lime and Chile Dressing

Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs

Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme

Avocado Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes from Simply Recipes

BLAT Salad from Vicarious Foodie

Tomato, Avocado, and Red Onion Salad from The Spicy Skillet

Mango, Tomato, and Avocado Salad from Mango and Lime

Avocado and Tomato Salad from Karma-Free Cooking

(Want even more recipes?  I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. amazingly, greeks will use parsely in many dishes, but cilantro is virtually unknown here, even though it looks so similar to parsely. i found it once in a supermarket, and never since then (and thanks for your prompt reply to my email problem)

  2. YUM! I can't wait until tomatoes are in season so I can try this.

  3. Looks good! I miss the pictures in my reader already.

  4. Oh goodie, a recipe that uses my new (thanks to you!) supply of Vege-Sal. We've been getting some great greenhouse tomatoes from our local organic farm -- not quite the same as field-grown, but pretty darned delicious.

  5. Hi Kalyn.

    This salad looks wonderful! I've been eating my own tomato, avocado, red onion, cucumber, cilantro and albacore tuna combination with a sesame-lime vinegarette for many years, but didn't think it would be interesting enough to post about. Well, you have proven me wrong on that thought. Thank you for sharing. Great photo!

  6. Sounds like a perfect lunch salad!
    We are finally getting some summer weather, too. And I might even have some tomatoes later. That's my entire garden this year... 5 tomato plants ;-))

  7. This is one of those dishes I look and want to grab!! So beautiful Kalyn!

  8. Tuna in olive oil is so good; I'll have to look for the brand you mentioned! Your South Beach suggestions have made me very curious about that eating philosophy, so I just checked the book out of the library and will start reading it tonight.

  9. Kalyn, you hit all the summer high-notes here. Though I wonder if snails would be a possible substitute for the tuna? Just in case of global food chain interruptions. :-) (Oh, okay, I'm just interested in snails!)

  10. That looks so wonderful to me. I also love Tonno tuna, and always have a few cans in the pantry. My tomatoes are just about ready and after I have that first tomato sandwich, I'll make that salad.

  11. Delicious - such gorgeous colours. I'd use a really grassy olive oil to compliment the lime and coriander.

  12. I love the ingredients in this salad, Kalyn. My tomatoes are starting color up (fingers and toes crossed) so it won't be long before I'll be making it myself.

  13. it's always difficult to get kids to eat something that looks quite new to them, and i can imagine cilantro is something they will either look at in disgust, or spit it out as soon as they bite into it. and so it is with snails!

  14. Med Kiwi, that is unfortunately true!

  15. Kalyn, it's winter here - cold, rainy, gray. But I would love to have this salad anyway!

  16. Well if I've gotten even more distracted than usual from responding to comments it's because I'm tending four kids aged 13, 11, 7, and 4. Believe me I didn't feed them anything remotely as fresh and healthy as this (more like mini-corn dogs and waffles). These kids were quite interested in the snail post, although when they saw Med Kiwi's daughter eating the snail they went "ewwww."

  17. Kayln-
    You are a kick! Thank you for sharing your talents. I look forward to trying your recipes and the food recommendations. This is new for me, I have never responded to a blog before, but yours is well worth it.

    Cindy B.

  18. Gosh, so many of my favorite things and I have a bunch of just-picked cilantro just waiting to be used. Thanks for the recipe!


  19. gosh kalyn, it's a whole encyclopaedia's worth of writing to think up of ways to get kids to eat 'real' food. the snails have been BlogHer-ed - if you're the culprit, i'd like to thank you!

  20. Kalyn, this looks very yummy! Some of my favorite ingredients! Cheers!

  21. What a fresh looking salad! I like the idea of using tuna in a salad.

  22. My favorite flavors- all in one place. I added this to my gluten-free recipe picks for the week! Thanks, Kalyn.

  23. My kids completely turned up their noses to this but it's my lunch for the day and it's quite good!!
    All your recipes have been fantastic thus far, a huge thank you from someone clueless about South Beach even if I've read the book 4 times now. :)

  24. Love all the fresh summer flavors in this salad Kalyn - great for lunch or dinner!

  25. Thanks Jeanette; love this kind of salad when the tomatoes are good!

  26. Oh, now I'm starting to regret the decision not to grow tomatoes in my garden this year.

  27. Lydia, farmer's market! My tomatoes aren't growing at all so I'm wondering what I should do about next year.

  28. This does sound like a perfect salad for summer! And I love tuna! They have the best imported canned tuna at Caputos Market if you ever are there!

  29. Becky I do love that imported tuna, but this brand that I get is less than half the price, and it's really quite good, so I usually don't splurge on the expensive stuff

  30. What a great way to use up my farmers market tomatoes, and to remind me that I have been eating too many bad carbs and it is time to get back on the SB wagon! Thanks. Shelly

  31. Now THIS sounds like a great tuna salad!!

  32. Pam, love it! The flavors really shine in this one.


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