Quick Tomato Salad with Avocado and Basil

Summer tomatoes are at their finest right now, so you should really make this Whole30 Quick Tomato Salad with fresh herbs, cucumbers, and avocado!

It’s made with fresh heirloom tomatoes, cucumber & avocado, then it’s tossed with thinly sliced shallots, fresh basil, and thyme. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it’s drizzled in the best and easiest herby balsamic vinaigrette. I like to serve it with grilled chicken for a complete meal or leave it as-is for a vegetarian side dish.

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Whole30 Tomato, Cucumber and Avocado Salad - Completed Dish tossed together with the dressing in a large gray bowl. Two large spoons are in the salad, ready to serve!

Farmers Market Weekends = The BEST Tomatoes!

The sun was shining yesterday when I opened my eyes, and I could already smell the coffee my husband was brewing. I love Saturday mornings that start like that, don’t you?

One of my favorite things to do on a summer Saturday is wake up early, grab a cup of coffee, and head right to the Farmer’s Market! If you get there early enough, it’s still cool out and the vendors have their very best produce out for the choosing.

I try to let my boys help choose some of the produce that we’ll take home, and they’re way more likely to eat something I make if they’ve been part of the process.

A variety of different sizes, shapes and colors of summer tomatoes fresh from the farmer's market, in a stainless steel colander. The tomatoes are sparkling with water droplets because they've been freshly washed.

Farmers Markets with Kids:

The Farmer’s Market is a fun opportunity to teach kids about where food comes from. Farmers are actual people who live near us, and it’s cool to see them start to understand that. It’s also fun to teach them about the different produce available each season.

I like giving each kid a job at the market.

My 3 year old loves cucumbers, so he (very carefully and painstakingly to the point where I was like, “COME ON, KID!”) touched every single cucumber on the table before he finally chose two to take with us. “These will be good for your tomato salad,” he said. Haha!

My oldest cares a little less about these things, so he was quick to pick out some heirloom tomatoes based solely on their color. If he liked the color, we got them. If he didn’t, he passed. I don’t think there’s such a thing as a bad summer tomato, so that worked just find for me!

We got a few other things, too… fresh peaches from the orchard just 20 minutes away, some herbs, shallots, and more. Goodness, I love living close to farmland!

The Whole30 Tomato, Cucumber and Avocado Salad, all mixed up in a gray bowl. The vegetables are drizzled with the vinaigrette and sprinkled with a little salt. A serving spoon is in the mixture, ready to serve up some deliciousness onto your plate!

The Fastest Whole30 Tomato Salad Recipe

Once we got home, I was in full-on tomato salad mode. This easy tomato salad is probably the simplest summer dish you could ever make!

Sliced tomatoes are totally the star of this dish. Everything else is just there to help them shine!

  • Here, I just slice a few tomatoes, an avocado, a cucumber and herbs, tossed everything with a quick balsamic vinaigrette, and bam, it’s a show-stopper.

But one of the really great things about making this quick tomato salad is that you can customize it with whatever you have on hand.

Pretty much any produce you have in the kitchen will pair beautifully!

Recipe variations & ideas:

  • Add thinly sliced zucchini or summer squash
  • Add fresh sliced peaches
  • Add mozzarella pearls or crumbled feta (not Whole30, but it is low carb!)
  • Top it with grilled chicken for a complete meal

I really can’t think of anything in the world that can beat summer tomatoes.

They’re juicy, sweet, unbelievably fresh and flavorful, and I simply cannot get enough of them! I LOVE to take those beautiful tomatoes and eat them simply sliced with a little salt, or make something really special out of them!

If you like summer tomatoes as much as I do, check out my Whole30 Bruschetta Salmon recipe!

Quick Tomato Salad Recipe notes:

  • Just before serving, sprinkle the entire salad with flakey sea salt. The tiny bit of salty crunch is an amazing surprise!
  • You could prepare this whole salad in advance, letting the vegetables marinate in the vinaigrette. Just wait until just before you serve it to slice and add the avocado. You don’t want it to get brown and mushy!

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Completed Dish served in a gray bowl with a silver spoon - sliced tomatoes, shallots and avocado all mixed together and drizzled in salad dressing.
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Herby Quick Tomato Salad with Avocado and Cucumber

Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Course Dinner, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken salad, No Cook
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 317 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mixed heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 small cucumbers
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 avocados
  • 8-10 basil leaves
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Easy Whole30 Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves garlic depending on your tastes
  • 1 tsp compliant mustard

Instructions

Make the Vinaigrette

  1. Whisk all the ingredients but the oil together in a bowl. Slowly drizzle the oil in, a few tablespoons at a time, continuing to whisk, until combined.

Make the Salad

  1. Wash and slice all the vegetables and herbs, except for the avocados. Mix everything together in a bowl. Wait until just before serving to slice and add the avocado. Toss with as much of the balsamic vinaigrette as you'd like (I use about half of what this recipe makes), and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

  • Just before serving, sprinkle the entire salad with flakey sea salt. The tiny bit of salty crunch is an amazing surprise!
  • You could prepare this whole salad in advance, letting the vegetables marinate in the vinaigrette. Just wait until just before you serve it to slice and add the avocado. You don’t want it to get brown and mushy!
Nutrition Facts
Herby Quick Tomato Salad with Avocado and Cucumber
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 801mg23%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 866IU17%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.