Low-Carb Recipe: Mexican Avocado Salad

When it's too hot to turn on the oven or stove this summer, try this ridiculously easy guacamole-inspired salad.

Once the Super Bowl and Cinco de Mayo have passed, our excuses to mix up a bowl of guacamole seem to be gone, too. But instead of waiting ‘til next winter or spring to enjoy the creamy dip, learn how to work it into a healthy summer side dish—sans tortilla chips, which don’t have anything to offer in the nutrition department.

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Mexican Avocado Salad is a spinoff of guacamole and, as you’ll notice, most of the ingredients are the same. Serve it as is, or omit the lettuce, mix the avocado into the tomato mixture, and serve as a salsa over grilled chicken or fish. Marinating the tomatoes enhances their flavor, but if you want to get this dish onto your plate ASAP, skip step one.

MEXICAN AVOCADO SALAD

Ingredients:

  • 24 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ medium yellow or white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ medium head iceberg lettuce, cut into ½-inch ribbons
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados, seeded, peeled, and chopped

Directions:

  1. Combine tomatoes, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Add onion, jalapeño and cilantro; toss well.
  2. Arrange lettuce on a platter and top with avocado. Spoon tomato mixture on top and serve.

Nutrition (per serving): 100 calories, 9 g fat, 7 g carbs, 2 g protein, 4 g fiber

Makes: 8 1-cup servings

 
From The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook by Colette Heimowitz. Copyright (c) 2011 by Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. Printed by permission of Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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