Avocado, Heirloom Tomato and Walnut Salad

     I had a ripe avocado that was begging to be used before I leave for Tucson, Arizona tomorrow. I wanted something light and summery to match the beautiful weather we’ve been having here in Southern California. Enter my inspiration: Lemonade!

I first visited Lemonade during my first blogger meet-up back in August, and fell in love with their avocado, cherry tomato and pine nut salad tossed in a lime vinaigrette. I’ve been dreaming about it for months!
Avocado, Heirloom Tomato and Walnut Salad
(inspired by Lemonade)
1 ripe avocado
2/3 cup baby heirloom tomatoes, cut in half
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1/2 lime
1 tsp olive oil
1 tablespoon cherry balsamic vinegar
     1. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
     2. With the tip of a sharp knife, trace a checkerboard design into the flesh of the avocado and gently scoop the diced flesh into a mixing bowl.
     3. Add the heirloom tomatoes and walnuts to the avocado.
     4. In a small mixing bowl, combine the juice of the lime, olive oil and cherry balsamic vinegar and whisk until emulsified.
     5. Pour the dressing over the avocado, tomatoes and walnuts and gently toss to cover. 
Makes two servings.
If you don’t have cherry balsamic, any balsamic vinegar will do. The balsamic MADE the salad! Don’t skip that ingredient!
     This salad is buttery, tangy and refreshing, with a nice crunch from the added walnuts. I have a feeling I’ll be making this a LOT over the holidays for my brother and his wife who are both vegans, and visiting from snowy Colorado. One of the perks of living in California is having avocados year round! I have to share the wealth!
Another perk is hiking in 68 degree weather while the rest of the country is spiraling into a deep, cold winter.
I’m off to Arizona again tomorrey!


Filed under avocado, blogger meet-up, cherry balsamic vinegar, heirloom tomatoes, hike, Lemonade, lime vinaigrette, Southern California

6 Responses to Avocado, Heirloom Tomato and Walnut Salad

  1. Ameena

    Back to Lemonade…where it all started. 🙂 Great recipe and I agree that the balsamic totally makes this salad!

    Have a great trip to Arizona!

  2. Heather

    I really need to go try that place; looks so good.

  3. Anonymous

    wasn't that blogger meetup a blast!? your seriously one cool blogger (in person and on site).
    Have a great trip!

  4. the actor's diet

    great idea to copy a lemonade salad – they're all terrific! have a wonderful trip.

  5. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin'

    Mmmm… I didn't try that salad during our meet-up, but it looks delicious! I might have to re-create it at home, too!

    And I love that we have avocados year-round– I'm getting ready to travel for work, and I'm really appreciating all of CA's fresh produce while I still have it!

  6. Bexter

    @Megan @ Healthy Hoggin'
    I was actually going to make your choco-cado pudding that night, but decided I should have something savory instead. The pudding is up next!