Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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This combination of tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, and cilantro is one of my favorites!

(Updated with step-by-step instructions and better photos, July 2014.)  This simple but perfect Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime is a favorite summer combination I came up with on a hot summer day in 2008, and when my former neighbor Carol stopped by I shared some with her.  Carol loved this combination just as much as I did, and even though it's a spin-off from my Summer Tomato Salad with Tuna, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime, I decided that vegetarians were never going to look at that salad so this one deserved a post of its own.

The recipe calls for a lot of cilantro, which is no doubt one of the reasons I'm so enamored with the salad, but if cilantro is not your thing I think thinly sliced green onion would also be great.  And if you're lucky enough to have fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers at this time of year, this salad is a perfect way to use them!

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Start by cutting up the tomatoes and letting them drain for a few minutes in a colander.  (You can catch that flavorful tomato juice and use it in another recipe if you don't want to waste it.)

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Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, Spike Seasoning (or other all-purpose seasoning blend) and Vege-Sal (or salt) to make the dressing.

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Dice up the avocado(s), toss with 1 tablespoon lime juice, and season with salt.

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Cut up the cucumber into bite-sized pieces.  I peeled strips off these European cucumbers, but if you have fresh garden cucumbers peeling is definitely optional.

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Coarsely chop a generous amount of cilantro (or sliced green onion if you're not a cilantro fan.)

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Gently combine the avocado, tomatoes, and cucumber and stir in the dressing mixture.

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Then stir in the chopped cilantro and serve. 

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And just for fun, here's the original photo of this salad from 2008.  Apparently I was into the ultra close-up shots in those days!

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Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime
(Makes 2-4 servings, recipe created by Kalyn. Amounts of each ingredient can be adjusted to taste.)

6 medium tomatoes, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups diced tomatoes)
2 medium cucumbers, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 cup diced cucumber)
1 or 2 avocados, diced into bite-sized pieces
1 T fresh squeezed lime juice (to toss with avocado)
Vege-Sal or salt to taste (for seasoning avocado)
1 cup chopped cilantro (use more or less to taste; use thinly sliced green onion if you're not a cilantro fan)

Dressing Ingredients:
2 T fresh squeezed lime juice
1 T best quality extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. Spike seasoning (optional, but good; can use another all-purpose seasoning blend if you don't have Spike)
salt to taste (I used Vege-Sal, but sea salt would be great here)

Cut up tomatoes and put them in a colander placed in the sink to drain for a few minutes.   Whisk together 2 T lime juice,  olive oil,  Spike seasoning, and Vege-Sal to make the dressing. 

Peel avocado(s) and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I use this method for peeling and cutting an avocado.) Put avocado pieces into plastic or glass bowl and toss with 1 T lime juice. Season generously with salt.

Chop cucumbers into bite-sized pieces, peeling off thin strips if the peel is thick.  (Fresh garden cucumbers won't need to be peeled.  Coarsely chop cilantro.  Combine the avocado(s), tomatoes, and cucumbers and gently stir in the dressing.  Then stir in the chopped cilantro and  serve immediately.

This doesn't keep well, so only make as much as will be eaten right away.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Every ingredient in this salad is perfect for the South Beach Diet, or any other low-glycemic eating plan, although you should stick to one avocado if you're making this for Phase One. I'm always being asked for example of what a vegetarian could eat on South Beach, so here is a perfect idea for lunch. Of course if you're not a vegetarian, but just a cilantro lover like me, you can still enjoy it, maybe with something like Chipotle-Lime Deviled Eggs on the side.

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 Delicious Vegan Salads for Cilantro Lovers:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Lime and Cilantro ~ Cooking in Westchester
Asian Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Vidalia Onions ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Cilantro Slaw from Andrea's Recipes
Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Cucumber Salad with Lime and Cilantro ~ Laylita's Recipes
Black Bean and Pepper Salad with Cilantro and Lime ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Thai Cucumber Salad with Mint, Basil, and Cilantro ~ Cafe Johnsonia
Garbanzo, Tomato, and Cilantro Salad with Lime and Chile Dressing ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Sweet Tomatoes Baja Bean and Cilantro Salad ~ CopyKat Recipes
Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

Blogger Disclosures:
This recipe was first posted for for Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Marija from Palachinka.

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Mallika said...

I made a very similar salad the other day but with celery instead of cucumber. Love the vibrant colours!

Maven said...

I appreciate the salad recipe - it looks simple, fresh, and delicious. And thankyou for providing those links.

elkit said...

Well, wuddaya know! There's a bunch of cilantro in my fridge that needs using. And an avocado. And cucumbers (the smallish Persian ones). And tomatoes. All I need is a lime. I think I can probably snatch one from the neighbors' tree. Perfect timing!

Oh, and it was so great meeting you in person at BlogHer!

Kalyn said...

Mallika and Maven, so glad you like the recipe. This might be my "salad of the summer," I've made it so many times!

Elkit, great meeting you too! (And I am beyond jealous that you have a neighbor with a lime tree.)

Nevis said...

Cilantro pot pie?
I’ll have to ask you to leave.
Just ridiculous.

Dusty said...

While traveling in Turkey a few years back this is what was served whenever salad was ordered. I love it.

Hillary said...

Looks quite simple, yet delicious! I love all of these ingredients actually.

Cheryl said...

oooh! I think I know what I'm having for dinner now. DH is out of town so I'm doing the vegan thing. Yum!

Courtney said...

this looks very yummy. i will have to give it a try. I am in love with all the ingredients!

Johanna said...

I am not a cilantro lover but I would eat this with parsley or basil quite happily. I wanted to say thanks for looking out for the vegetarians - I can look at recipes and think about them without the meat or fish but it is so nice not to have to do creative somersaults in my head!

Yu Ming Lui said...

That looks totally YUM. Cilantro is not the first thing I would grab to combine with tomatoes and avocado but I can imagine the flavour and look forward to trying this!

Grace said...

how fortunate that i just so happen to have all these ingredients on hand. this shall be my lunch today, and i'm not kidding. excellent combination! :)

Marija said...

Delicious salad! And I love all the ingredients, although, cilantro is extremely difficult to find in Serbia. I grow my own on the apartment balcony, but this year I had only a few plants that I already used :)

Thanks for your entry and for giving me opportunity to host such a wonderful event!

Paz said...

I'm going to see if I can make this TODAY! ;-) Thanks!


Natashya said...

I am a love cilantro kind of gal. I don't understand how my idol, the Barefoot Contessa, can despise it so.
You can't go wrong pairing it with avacado, your salad looks so healthy and refreshing. Perfect on the deck with a girlfriend and a glass of sauv blanc.

Ricki said...

Sounds totally delicious--and I just happen to have all those ingredients on hand! :)

Katrina said...

I love avocado, lime and cilantro! Gotta try this one. Will have to get some tomatoes at the farmer's market tomorrow and make this. YUM.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I know how much you love cilantro -- but I'll swap that for some fresh flat-leaf parsley from my garden. I love avocado and cucumber together, not just for the color, but for the contrast in textures.

Amy Sherman said...

Really gorgeous colors! I love this combination too. Lately I've been using leaves of Romaine to scoop up dips and salads in lieu of bread or tortilla chips. I think this would be that way too.

Cate said...

Avocado AND cilantro? I am so there.

Mansi Desai said...

oh, that looks reallly pretty Kalyn! one of my fav herbs too:)

Dawn said...

This looks amazing, thanks for the post and inspiration to make it!

katiez said...

I had every intention of planting cilantro in my herb garden this year... Thinking that if I grew it myself I would have to like it.
Well, we know what the road to hell ispaved with... No garden at all this year. But I still have the seeds so will try next year.
In the meantime I'll enjoy this lovely salad with parsley (that came up by itself)

Liza said...

I made this today with garden tomatoes and cucumbers. It was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

SusanV said...

Well, you know I'm one of those cilantro haters; I'd just as soon add dish detergent to my food as add cilantro! But this looks gorgeous, Kalyn. Your photo is beautiful enough to cause me to overlook the cilantro. Plus, I love that it's vegan and contains avocado.

Kalyn said...

I see I'm seriously behind on responding to comments again. I do read them all when I publish the comment, and really appreciate the nice thoughts even if I don't always get back here.

I'd love it if one of you cilantro haters tried this with Italian Parsley, because I'm betting it's pretty good.

Jerry said...

Another delicious use for cilantro - and you know how much I LOVE it. I think it is time to head to the market to buy more.

Anonymous said...

i am always looking for new salads. I am not crazy about cilatro or fresh parsley so I made this recipe with fresh baby dill instead. It was wonderful!

Kalyn said...

Anonymous, I love that idea! Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne said...

That looks marvellous! Nick and I are both in the cilantro lovers camp - although I can see how the taste might not be everyone's cup of tea!

miz_g said...

this was fantastic! had it for dinner tonight with a chicken burger (no bun) and it was awesome.

Degchi said...

I am a cilantro lover..I garish most of my curries with cilantro...I like cilantro dip too.yummy vegan salad.I liked your idea of adding avocado. will definitely give a try.

TC said...

Made this the other day with a few adjustments due to what I had on hand. I only had 1 cucumber, but added a 2nd avocado. I didn't have any limes, so I used lemon juice. And I had 1/2 ear of grilled corn which needed using up so I added that and a can of rinsed black beans for some protein. It was delicious! I can't wait to make it with the lime juice as I just know that will be even better :O)

Kalyn said...

TC, sounds tasty (and more avocado is always good!)

MoneySavingEnthusiast said...

I never had it with cilantro. That's sounds delicious. It looks like I'll be running to the store. I can't understand why people think it's too expensive to eat healthy. It's more expensive to have bad health.

BusyWorkingMama said...

YUM! This looks right up our alley! Great recipe!

Kalyn said...

Thanks, so glad you like it!

Chef Maureen said...

Recently your blog has come up several times when I am searching for different info or recipes.
I really enjoy your style and will continue to follow you. Thanks!

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Maureen!

Kerri Al-Khazraji said...

This is going to be so good on fish tacos! Thanks for the recipe.

Kalyn Denny said...

Great idea to use this on fish tacos!

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