Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cherry Tomato , Fresh Basil, and Avocado Salad

cherry tomato, basil and avocado salad on Gluten Free A-Z Blog

Sometimes you want a really extraordinarily good salad. This is it !

The sweetness of garden cherry tomatoes, the rich fragrance of the freshly picked summer basil, and the creaminess of Mexican avocados added to these other salad ingredients create a memorable meal. And it is a filling meal laden with important nutrients from some real antioxidant heavy power foods.

To make it a meal, we ended up eating the salad over cooked rice or quinoa , and it was absolutely delicious. Simple to make, extraordinarily beautiful to serve.

1/2 avocado diced
1 container of cherry tomatoes, halved ( I used yellow and red cherry tomatoes)
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 cup basil, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas
4 marinated artichokes, cut in quarters ( from a jar of marinated artichokes)
2 tablespoons of diced red onion
1/2 cup red cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup red pepper, diced
Juice of 1 fresh medium lemon
Olive oil to taste ( about 1/4 cup)
2 cups of cooked rice

In a large salad serving bowl, assemble all ingredients except rice and toss. Place a half cup of  warm cooked rice on each plate, top with 1 cup salad and enjoy!!
Serve immediately

Shared on Cooking with Herbs Lavender and Lovage


  1. Replies
    1. It really is a great salad without any lettuce

  2. That salad is gorgeous! And yes, indeed, sometimes you just do need a good salad; I absolutely crave them ....

    1. Me too.. this salad is one to crave. It's just that good

  3. I really get into cherry tomatoes split in half.. Instead of lettuce , I use them as the base of my salad,.

  4. This salad looks DELISH! I low-carb and would have to leave out the rice. but I suspect grated lightly steamed cauliflower would be a flavor-compatible sub for the rice. With the chickpeas, it might not even need rice or a rice sub at all. Really sounds tasty, Judee!

    1. That is such a great idea about the " riced" cauliflower! I prefer eating low carb as well. Thanks for the idea and suggestion

  5. This sounds delicious - It's exactly the type of salad I love to eat.

    1. It is delicious and I hope that you get to try it. It's a great light summer salad


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