It's fresh tomato season, and I swooned over this Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad with Tahini-Balsamic Vinaigrette! And this tasty salad is low-carb, gluten-free, meatless, and South Beach Diet friendly.
It's tomato salad time, and even though I definitely have my favorite tomato salads that I make over and over each summer, when juicy vine-ripened tomatoes are abundant, I can't help coming up with new ways to use them. This Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad with Tahini-Balsamic Vinaigrette was just an idea that popped into my head, partly inspired by my recent purchase of Soom Tahini, which I read about in my friend David Lebovitz's post about Zahav Restaurant. I bought this amazing tahini from Amazon.com, but sadly it's now out of stock there, so if anyone knows where to get Soom Tahini please chime in with a comment.
I'm not sure what else to say about this salad except that the combination of perfect summer tomatoes, ripe avocado, salty Feta cheese, and a drizzle of tahini-balsamic vinaigrette was about as good as it gets for a summer lunch. This would also make a very impressive side dish for a pot-luck gathering. I'd cut the tomatoes, mix the dressing, and crumble the feta at home; then when you get to the party grab a knife and slice the avocado, assemble the salad, and drizzle on the dressing. Yum.
Of course this amazing summer salad idea is my Meatless Monday offering for this week. If you have ripe summer tomatoes, get the other ingredients and make this soon! (You can find more meatless recipes by using the photo-index category for Meatless Monday or by checking Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes in the recipe index.)
Cut the tomatoes in thick half-slices and cut the avocado into 8 slices. Whisk together the white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, tahini, salt, and olive oil to make the dressing.
Arrange tomato and avocado slices on a serving plate. Drizzle over desired amount of dressing; then sprinkle with a generous amount of Feta cheese. Season with a little salt and a lot of fresh-ground black pepper and serve.
Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad with Tahini-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Makes about 4 servings; recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Soom Tahini.
4 vine-ripened red summer tomatoes, cut into thick half-slices
2 medium avocados, cut into slices
2 oz. crumbled Feta (more or less to taste)
sea salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 T white balsamic vinegar or sherry vinegar (Use a mild light-colored vinegar if you don't have one of those kinds.)
2 tsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice.)
1 tsp. Tahini (Soom Tahini is wonderful if you can find it.)
salt to taste; I used about 1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 T + 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Cut off a thin slice from the both ends of the tomatoes and then cut tomatoes into thick slices and cut each slice in half to make half-moon slices. Peel the avocados and cut into slices. Whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, tahini, salt, and olive oil to make the dressing. Crumble the desired amount of Feta.
Arrange tomatoes and avocado on a serving plate. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with crumbled Feta. Season with a little sea salt and a generous amount of fresh-ground black pepper. Serve right away.
To make ahead for a party, slice the tomatoes, mix the dressing and crumble the feta ahead. When you're ready to serve, cut the avocado, assemble the salad, drizzle with dressing, top with Feta, and season.
South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
With a moderate serving size, everything in this salad is a good choice for all phases of the South Beach Diet and this salad is also great for most other types of Low-Carb eating plans.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use the Recipes by Diet Type photo index pages to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to Follow Kalyn's Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I'm sharing there.
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. Or if you're a member of Yummly, you can use the Yum button on my site to save the recipe and see the nutritional information there.
More Tomato Salads to Make You Swoon:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet or Low-Carb friendly; check ingredients.)
Middle Eastern Tomato Salad ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Tomato Salad with Basil Cream Dressing ~ Lottie + Doof
Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Avocado Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Simply Recipes
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)