It’s no secret I love salads. Most (but not all) of my salad recipes contain some sort of greens. But I have to say, I do love a unique side salad made without lettuce… for example, this Tomato Avocado Salad (Whole30). It’s really simple, tastes great with any protein, and is especially good when served with Mexican food. 
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Tomato and Avocado Salad (Whole30) garnished with cilantro and pine nuts on white plate


The Tomato and Avocado Salad (Whole30):

This simple salad has only a few ingredients: cherry tomatoes, avocados, pine nuts, and a cilantro lime vinaigrette! So fresh, so light, so flavorful and Paleo/Whole30 compliant. Need to learn how to peel and dice an avocado? <—Click!

Tomato and Avocado Salad (Whole30) on white plate surrounded by lime wedges and pine nuts


The Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette:

To make this dressing, whisk together good quality extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, sea salt, pepper, and chopped cilantro. Voila! A tasty, healthy, dressing that adds just the right finishing touch to this already amazing salad. If you are one of those people that have a brain that tells you cilantro tastes like soap, first, I am sorry, second, feel free to skip it! The salad will still be delicious, I promise.

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette in a white ramekin with a green and white dish towel on the right


What to Serve it With:

Serve alongside my Spicy Lime Chicken (pictured), my Grilled Tri-Tip or  with my Fresh Fish Tacos!

Tomato and Avocado Salad (Whole30) topped with roasted chicken thighs garnished with cilantro

Tomato and Avocado Salad (Whole30) on white plate with lime and dish towel in background



The Recipe: Tomato and Avocado Salad (Whole30)

What you need:  a good knife and a hand held juicer  for juicing the limes.

Tomato and Avocado Salad (Whole30)
Prep Time
12 mins
Total Time
12 mins

An easy salad to toss together. Great with Mexican food or a side dish to any protein.

Course: Salad, Salad Dressing, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy salad, Lime vinaigrette, summer salad, whole30
Servings: 4
  • 1 pound grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ripe but firm avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup roasted pine nuts
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Lime Vinaigrette:
  • 1/8 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped (depending on how much you want, or if you want to use more for garnish)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Prep tomatoes and avocado and place in bowl or platter. Add pine nuts (toast if in a small pan medium heat if they aren't already toasted) Sprinkle salad with sea salt and pepper, set aside.

  1. Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, sea salt and pepper. Dress salad, toss gently, serve!



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