This avocado tomato arugula salad recipe is light and refreshing and so easy to put together. Whether you're looking for a healthy side or a simple way to impress guests, this salad will get the job done!
Why I love Arugula Salad
The spring and summer weather always has me craving salads. I typically eat a salad with dinner every night and sometimes I also have one at lunch time. Somehow, I think this will offset any dessert that I eat. Besides, it always makes me feel healthier. I like to vary up the salads I eat and I get inspired by ideas from restaurants.
A while back, I was invited to sample the new spring menu offerings at Seasons 52. They served this delicious tomato and Haas avocado salad with a balsamic dressing and grilled bread. It was just one highlight of the dinner. I couldn't stop thinking of that salad and decided to create my own version. I love the taste of avocados and will also add them to anything any chance I get.
I have been eating this arugula salad as a way to start off dinner but it would be great as an entree if I topped it with some grilled shrimp or chicken. In fact, that just might be my lunch tomorrow. This salad is especially good when it is NJ tomato season!
- When it comes to the dressing, you could substitute almost any vinaigrette and achieve the same refreshing lightness but switch up the flavor.
- If you're not a fan of arugula, baby spinach greens or mesclun mix would also work well with this recipe.
- This avocado tomato salad may also benefit from some added crunch; try topping with sunflower seeds, almonds, croutons or my homemade Parmesan Frico (cheese crisps).
- For some extra protein, chickpeas would make a delicious addition without bogging down all of the flavors.
- Top with grilled shrimp or chicken and turn this into a main course!
- Perfect tomatoes look plump and juicy, and their skins are smooth.
- The skin should be free of bump or bruises, but some cracking near the stem is perfectly normal.
- Ripe tomatoes have a lovely fragrance to them. If there’s no aroma whatsoever, this could mean the tomato was picked before it was ready and won’t ever ripen properly.
- Planning on using the tomatoes right away? Try to pick ones that are soft to the touch. But if you know you won’t need them for a couple of days, aim for tomatoes that are a bit firmer.
- Picking avocados for your avocado tomato salad depends on how long you’re going to store the avocados before preparing the dish.
- If you know you’ll be making your salad right away, look for avocados that are darker in color. Place the avocado in the palm of your hand and give it a gentle squeeze; if it has some give but doesn’t feel mushy, it’s nice and ripe!
- Are you planning to wait a couple of days before making your arugula salad? Aim for avocados that are brighter green and have a much firmer texture. At this point, it will be 4 or 5 days before they reach proper ripeness.
- If you need to speed up the ripening process, place the avocados in a paper bag with a banana or apple.
- More detailed information about avocado ripeness can be found here!
- Choose arugula that looks fresh; the leaves should have a vibrant green hue.
- Avoid leaves that are wilted or yellow, and any sliminess is an indicator that the arugula has gone bad.
- Prepackaged arugula should be inspected for excess moisture within the bag, which can promote rotting.
- Arugula is at its peak during the summer, but quality arugula can also be found in late spring and early fall if you keep your eyes peeled!
Tips for your Avocado Tomato Salad
- If you want to make this salad ahead of the day it's being served, don't make it too far in advance. Give yourself one day, maybe two. Immediately after you put the arugula salad together, store it in the fridge in an airtight container to keep out excess moisture. Add the dressing right before serving or you will have a soggy salad.
More Arugula Recipes
- Pan Roasted Potato Salad with Arugula and Crispy Prosciutto
- Arugula Salad with Beets and Fennel
- Blueberry Caprese Salad with Balsamic Dressing
- Grilled Arugula Salad Pizza with Prosciutto via Swirls of Flavor
Serve your Avocado Tomato Salad with these Main Dishes
- Roasted Spicy Ranch Salmon with Asparagus
- Pappardelle Pasta with Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
- Mushroom Chicken Thighs with Rosemary
- Asian Pan-Seared Scallops with Spinach
- Cumin Rubbed Steak Kabobs with Mexican Street Corn Salad
- Dutch Oven Corned Beef and Cabbage
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Avocado, Tomato and Arugula Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette
- 2 TBS finely chopped cilantro
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1 ½ TBS Balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 TBS water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 to 3 cups baby arugula
- 1 medium size tomato chopped
- 1 avocado peeled, pitted and chopped
- 2 TBS shredded Parmesan cheese
- Salt to taste if necessary
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cilantro, oil, vinegar, sugar, water, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Toss together the arugula, tomato and avocado.
- Mix together with dressing.
- Top with Parmesan cheese. Season with extra salt if necessary.
First Published April 2012; Last Updated May 2021
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I had one for lunch but it didn't look this good!
claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine
I just cant wait to try this all my favorites nice one!
What a beautiful and delicious looking salad.
I've been getting some really great salads at restaurants too!
Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
It looks delicious, I love avocados in a salad.
Love Seasons 52!! thi salad sounds wonderful! I could drink that dressing
I always have arugula in my house and I can't wait to make this one with avocado and tomato!
Amazing tips on how to choose the produce! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe
I love avocado and tomato and I'm growing my own arugula so this salad is in my future for sure!
What a great idea this delicious salad. I love all the flavors!
This is such a perfect time for salads! This Salad recipe of yours looks really tasty and refreshing to eat.
Fresh and delicious salad - a lovely side dish, or light lunch!
Mama Maggie's Kitchen
This dish looks amazing. I wish I could eat that right now!
So much summer yumminess.
This is a great salad recipe with wonderful flavors!
Fantastic side salad to go on the dinner table!
The salad looks vibrant and hearty. Healthy choice with a protein side.
I'm not a fan of cilantro, so substituted flat parsley. Also used mixed salad greens, which did have arugula in it, some croutons. Very Good. This was an accompaniment to your Tenderloin of beef with mushrooms recipe....Delicious.