This Cucumber Avocado Salad is so refreshing on a hot day. Cool, creamy, and tangy with the richness of avocado paired with the crunch of cucumber. Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! Salad perfection!
On hot days we default to cold side dishes like my Zucchini Salad, Carrot and Cucumber Salad, and Cauliflower Salad. But we are always happy to add some new choices to our summer side repertoire. This Avocado Cucumber Salad recipe was a winner and will be made frequently! Feel free to change it up and add some tomatoes, chopped romaine, or crumbled cheese.
I kept this simple and just used olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. That is really all you need to bring out the flavors in this simple gluten free low carb side dish.
Cucumbers - I like seedless English cucumbers in this recipe. If you have regular cucumbers with large seeds remove the seeds before chopping.
Avocado - Make sure your avocado is fresh and ripe.
Olive Oil - Extra virgin olive oil works well but you can use avocado oil, light olive oil, or another mild flavor oil if you prefer.
Lime Juice - Since this avocado salad recipe only has a handful of ingredients I highly recommend using fresh lime juice.
Salt & Pepper - You may season this to taste with black pepper and sea salt, kosher salt, or pink salt.
How to Make Cucumber Avocado Salad
This easy 5 ingredient recipe comes together in just 5 minutes.
Step One: Cut and cube the cucumber. Remove the skin and pit from the avocado and cube.
Step Two: Add the olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
Seasoning - Add some garlic powder, onion powder, Tajin seasoning, or cumin.
Veggies - Add finely chopped red onion, bell pepper, or jalapeno pepper.
Bottled Dressing - If you prefer you can just toss the vegetables in a bottled lime dressing.
Lemon Juice - If you don't have limes you can sub in fresh lemon juice.
How to tell if avocados are ripe
Avocados can be tricky. They seem to go from unripe to overripe in minutes. It's almost impossible to find a perfectly ripe avocado in a grocery store so they are normally sold unripe. And then you have to be patient and wait a few days for them to ripen. I feel my avocados to tell if they are ripe. They need to be slightly soft all over.
The most important part of being able to tell if avocados are ripe is knowing if they are half ripe or all ripe. I've cut open many an avocado to see that only half of it is actually ripe. That's why I press it gently on the top, bottom, and all sides. When all of those yield a tiny bit to gentle pressure it is ready. If you aren't going to eat it that day put it in the refrigerator to keep it longer.
How to cut an avocado
To cut an avocado I run the knife around the pit of the avocado and then spin it. If it is ripe (see above on how to tell if avocados are ripe) it should spin easily and release to look like the above picture.
Next is the tricky part. Do not hold it in your hand and attend to poke the point of the knife into the pit. No no no. I've read many tales of people ending up in the er when the knife slips in their kitchen. Instead, put it down on the cutting board and swing the knife down so the flat side goes into the pit. If your knife is sharp this should happen easily. Then spin the avocado to release the pit. Or you can point the tip of the tip down to piece the avocado (just not while holding it, please).
Can I add other salad ingredients?
Absolutely. Go ahead and add tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, scallions, peppers, onions, or some of your other favorite ingredients. All of the above would taste delicious in this avocado cucumber salad.
Add some grilled chicken or shrimp for a healthy complete meal.
This was my inspiration for my Mexican Avocado Salad with Grilled Shrimp.
How do I store avocado salad?
Because of the avocado, this doesn't save well. I recommend making and eating it when it is fresh.
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- 1-2 avocados chopped ***
- 1 cucumber chopped
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- cilantro is an optional topping
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well to coat and mash up the avocados a bit.
- If not serving all at once, skip the salt and salt each individual serving to prevent the cucumbers from releasing their water. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Originally Published April 23, 2019. Revised and Republished March 6, 2023.
Julie Wood says
Could you tell me please if your carbohydrate count is total or net carbs
10 total carbs minus 7 fiber equals 3 net carbs.
I added some halved cherry tomatoes, delicious!
I love it!! I’m learning to eat the right way and I am a picky eater.
This recipe is delicious and I will make it again.
We enjoyed this alongside a Mexican dish for supper tonight. Scrumptious!
This fresh and yummy salad will be on repeat at my house all summer long!
Renee Goerger says
This may well be the salad I live on this summer. I'm kind of obsessed with it!