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


  6. Hi Judee,
    I could eat this salad every day! Thank you for sharing your healthy and delicious Cherry Tomato, Fresh Basil, and Avocado Salad recipe with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.


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