Avocado Cucumber Salad

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Fresh and healthy, this light tasting green salsa is used to make and Avocado Cucumber Salad that you are going to love, all year long!
An avocado with salsa on top.

What is this?

Here in the mid-western U.S., much of the lingering snow has given way to the brown leaves and blades of 2013,  leaving  a wanting of new green and the arrival of spring, in earnest.
With that in mind, most of us are fully aware that Mother Nature moves to the beat of her own drum and all the wanting in the world won’t change her schedule.   Except for in the kitchen.  That’s where I found myself on Sunday morning, at our small cottage on a small frozen lake, in the middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin.
It is here that  I made the decision to hasten the arrival of green into our world, and I had just the means to do it: A ripe avocado and a fresh cucumber.
 Someone zesting a lemon
Fresh lemon zest adds zest to any recipes!
Like many regions of the country, our winter here was less than hospitable.  Our days of zero or below temperatures flirted with breaking historic weather records and simultaneously wreaked havoc on the patience of the populace.
A close up of a garlic, red onion and sliced cuke on cutting board with knife
The now visible earth and the cacophony of birds are the latest combinations from Mother Nature, trying our patience as we mentally plan our gardens, knowing full well that planting season is still two months away, until Memorial Day.
Thus, it’s days like these when I am especially grateful for the produce section of our nearby markets. I have to confess that I love grocery stores in general but my favorite section is the wide and colorful bins filled with often overpriced citrus, vegetables, and berries.
It’s down this aisle that I meander, going from one side to the other, copping a feel of the melons, taking a whiff of the strawberries, and rolling the tomatoes between my hands.
As I mentioned, some of the finds here are pricey but compared to the cost of the processed and bagged junk food just a few aisles over, it’s a no-brainer on which I will choose to spend my money.
Close up diced avocado, cuke, tomato and cilantro
Yesterday, with my son Joe manning the cart, I found a couple of avocados.  They weren’t large but they seemed ripe and just soft enough that I was compelled to place a couple of them in our buggy.  This seemed like a good decision as once their skins came off back at the cottage, their supple and light green flesh within was screaming with the soft and creamy allure that only a good avocado can offer.

This Healthy Avocado Recipe can be ready in minutes!

A close up of cuke salad, with avocado
Spring is coming, that’s for certain.  It is equally certain that the forces of nature seem to be dragging their feet in ushering in the season.  Nonetheless, we had green yesterday and plenty of it.  If you are ready for the green season to arrive but mother nature has other plans, this light lunch idea might help you get over the hump, as a bonus it makes for a delicious and healthy avocado recipe as well.
Salad atop split avocado with cilntro

If you’re a fan of avocados, we’ve got plenty of other avocado recipes, such as our Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa, Mango & Avocado Salsa, and of course our Guacamole Recipe, one of my personal favorites!

For more great light ideas you may be interested in these:

  • Tomato-Basil Bisque
  • Caprese Avocado Salad
  • Stuffed Tomatoes with Bacon and Ricotta
  • WP Recipe Maker #14651removeAvocado Cucumber Salad Fresh an healthy avocado, filled with a zesty cucumber salsa. Course: lunch Cuisine: Lite Keyword: avocado, healthy Prep Time: 10m Total Time: 10m Servings: 2 Author: Dan from Platter Talk – 2 ripe avocados peeled, halved, and pitted – 1 large cucumber peeled, coarsely chopped – 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion – 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro – 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest – 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice – 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar – 1/2 teaspoon cumin – pinch of kosher salt – fresh ground black peppercorn to taste – lemon wedges 1) Plate avocados and set aside 2) Combine all other ingredients in small mixing bowl and gently stir. 3) Scoop salsa into cavity of avocado halves. 4) Garnish with lemon wedges calories 349 carbohydrates 22 protein 5 fat 29 saturated_fat 4 sodium 18 potassium 1178 fiber 14 sugar 4 vitamin_a 400 vitamin_c 29.9 calcium 45 iron 1.8  
  • Updated from original recipe of March 31, 2014

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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    It doesn’t matter the season. Avocados are always great. I love the freshness of this recipe…and it is gluten-free!

  2. Thanks Dan for joining our #theWeekendSocial. Love to see you back next week!

  3. Geez, looking at the photo made me have a memory lane trip. It is close to the green that was one of my colors in my wedding—-back when the world was flat. Perfect uplifting suggestion for spring. I like the juxtaposition of the crisp of the cucumber with the creaminess of the avocado.

  4. This is such a perfect recipe for summer, Dan! Celebrating avocado in all its simple scrumptiousness. Right up my alley!

    1. Thanks Georgia,
      It’s great to hear from you and once again this post remdinds us of that old “Simple is often Better” rule!

  5. This is pure yummy! We love avocado and cucumbers, and combined this has to be good! Great recipe Dan!