Summer Tomatoes & Avocado Salad
Summer Tomatoes & Avocado Salad makes a beautiful appetizer as well as the main salad event along side other summer dishes. The combination of the tomatoes and avocado makes its own dressing and is ready to serve in about 10 minutes with only a few minutes of prep.
Summer Tomato & Avocado Salad is more of an inspiration by the vibrant taste of the beautiful summer tomatoes and delicate lettuce from the Farmers market than it is a recipe. It is simply combining the ingredients on a platter and letting the natural flavors tell the story. Its a reminder that the fresher and best grown fruits and vegetables don’t need much prep or intervention to make a delicious, healthful dish.
Summer Tomatoes from the Farmers Market
For this summer tastiness, I selected and combined several types of tomatoes, each with a unique flavor profile. During the summer and into fall, the Farmers market is full of tomatoes in a rainbow of colours and flavors. The Green Zebra tomatoes have a more tart flavor than the red and orange varieties. The orange tomatoes were sweet and “fruity” and the red tomatoes had a beautiful balance of tartness, sweetness and slightly spicy flavor.
It Makes Its Own Dressing
The summer tomatoes and avocados make an oil-free dressing just by combining the two together and allowing to marry for a few minutes. After cutting the tomatoes into wedges and adding the avocado slices into the same prep bowl, the tomato juices that release and the avocado combine to make the best dressing without any other ingredients. The tomato liquid will also keep the avocado slices from turning brown too quickly. Allow the tomato wedges and avocado slices to sit a few minutes (but not too long) and give the bowl a gentle toss. When the tomato liquid and avocado marry for a few minutes they come together in a perfect balance of tanginess from the tomatoes and richness from the avocados.
If you like the dressing more tart, add some lemon juice. It will depend on the tomatoes and your palette of course. A little sea salt may be welcome too. But without that little sprinkle of salt this summer tomato salad is a naturally SOS free dish (sugar-free, oil-free, salt-free).
Leafy Lettuce like the “Lollo Rosso”
Any of the leafy lettuces will be good for this particular salad. The lettuce featured in this summer tomatoes & avocado salad is the “Lollo Rosso” also from the Farmers market. It has a medium delicate leaf, green at the base and red to purple around the edges so looks as beautiful as it tastes.
Tools Used in this Recipe
- cutting board
- salad spinner
- very sharp pairing knife and/or slicing knife
- prep bowl
- serving platter