This 5-ingredient cucumber avocado salad is a healthy keto recipe for a quick lunch or side to BBQ meat. This easy keto salad recipe is also a keto vegetarian recipe perfect for those looking for meat-free recipes on their keto diet.
A cucumber avocado salad is one of the easiest salads to make for a quick light lunch or to serve as a side to grilled meat.
All you need to make a simple cucumber salad with avocado are:
First, trim the cucumber ends and chop them into cubes. Feel free to peel the cucumber entirely, halfway or not at, based on your preferences. Place the chopped cucumbers onto a large bowl. Set aside.
Then, chop the tomatoes in quarters and add them into the mixing bowl with the cucumber cubes.
Next, cut the avocados into cubes.
To do so, slice the avocado lengthwise until your knife hits the pit. Remove the knife, rotate both avocado halves clockwise to split. Remove the pit.
Then, using the tip of the knife, draw lines in the avocado flesh to form cubes – see picture below.
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Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh from the avocado. It will form cubes of different sizes that you cut recut into smaller pieces on a chopping board if desired.
Add into the salad bowl.
Before serving the salad, toast pine nuts and prepare the salad dressing you love choosing one of the low carb keto dressing recipes suggested below.
Finally, toast the pine nuts in a frying pan with a drizzle of garlic olive oil or no oil at all, both options works. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes until roasted and golden brown.
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Stir in the hot pine nuts into the salad just before serving.
Finely chop herbs just before serving the salad. If you don’t like flat Italian parsley, you can use other fresh herbs that marry well with avocado and cucumber, like:
Serve the salad immediately with the dressing on the side.
You can store this gluten-free keto salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day. After that time, the avocado color and texture change.
It gets darker and bitter, so you can’t store this salad much longer.
Yes, you can make this salad the day before. But, if you are making this cucumber avocado salad ahead, store the chopped vegetables in an airtight container in the fridge, and don’t cut the avocados more than a few hours before serving for best taste and color.
Also, to prevent the avocados from browning too fast, you can squeeze some lemon juice on them.
You can use the three most common cucumber varieties to make cucumber salads, including:
This keto cucumber avocado salad recipe makes a delicious keto side dish for grilled meat or summer BBQ.
It’s also a delicious and fulfilling keto lunch served with a slice of toasted keto bread.
Of course, you can play with flavors and add some more ingredients to this simple cucumber avocado salad recipe, including:
The best keto-friendly salad dressing options for your avocado cucumber tomato salad are listed below.
Otherwise, for a light salad dressing, pick a simple Italian vinaigrette or red wine vinaigrette.
If you love keto salad recipes as a light lunch or side dish, below are some other delicious low-carb salad recipes to try:
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