Update Your Salad Style: 5 Avocado Salad Recipes

I’m a big fan of salads. They are a fresh, delicious way to get my seasonal veggies in and I try to top them with a substantial protein. Besides chopping time and the occasional hand-cramp when chopping in a hurry, it is a pretty easy meal!

When it comes to salad and avocados, most people I encounter think of sliced avocado on a bed of greens and various veggies. However, California Avocados are incredibly versatile and make a delicious secret ingredient to mix-in with many popular salads, salad dressing recipes, and salad sandwiches. Plus, they are delicious and good for you. It’s a win-win! A few of my favorite salad styles include California Avocado swapped in for mayo in tuna salads, chicken salads, egg salads, potato salads and even pasta salads.

5 Salads with Avocado Superfood

Read on for five avocado salad recipe ideas.

Potato Salad

Doesn't potato salad just remind you of summertime picnics? This Guacamole Potato Salad recipe has only six ingredients and is surprisingly simple to make. The best part is that it provides 45% of the Daily Recommended Intake of Vitamin C, while being a super low sodium dish (less than 140 mg of sodium per serving). If you plan to pack this avocado potato salad to-go or serve at a spring shower, try storing and serving in 4 oz glass jars. Because avocados will oxidize over time if left exposed to the open air, try to serve this one as close to prep as possible, or add the avocado right before serving if making ahead.

Guacamole Potato Salad

If you’re ready to mix things up, try the Wasabi & Avocado Potato Salad recipe for an extra kick or this Lemony Potato Avocado Salad from Epicurious.

Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is an easy-to-make lunch. I typically use it as a topping for salad or in lettuce wraps using either endive or romaine hearts. Most recipes call for mayo, but I like to swap in California Avocados to mix with tuna. I found this recipe for Loaded Veggie Avocado Tuna Salad from Pop Sugar on Twitter and can’t wait to try it!




You can also keep the tuna salad simple like “Sammie” in her recipe we discovered on Instagram, by topping a bed of greens with tuna, sliced California Avocado, and a little balsamic vinegar. Yum!

Chicken Salad

When spring hits, so does my craving for chicken salad sandwiches. This Cobb Chicken Salad recipe by America’s Test Kitchen is a delicious indulgence for a special lunch (hello, bacon!). I also like to stuff half of a California Avocado with chicken salad and eat it by the spoonful when I’m watching what carbs I eat. Avocado Cobb Chicken Salad Recipe

Egg Salad

Egg salad sandwiches are another recipe to swap California Avocado for mayo. I like to start with an existing recipe and experiment with different combinations. I recently found the following two avocado egg salad sandwiches and am inspired to get in the kitchen.







Pasta Salad

One of our most popular recipes, Avocado Dijon Pasta, was a winner from our 2013 All American Recipe Contest – Healthy Summer Recipe category. The recipe combines Dijon mustard and honey over penne pasta, and calls for cubes of Fresh California Avocado right before serving.

Avocado Dijon Pasta Salad Recipe

If you’re more into elbow pasta (or happen to have macaroni readily available), try this California Avocado Macaroni Summer Salad by Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD of the Meal Makeover Moms.

Bonus: Salad Dressing Recipes

On most days, I’m not ready to whip up a fancy salad sandwich. I’m more likely to throw together a green salad with whatever local produce is in the refrigerator. Whether I have an abundance of cucumbers or kale, I (almost) always add Fresh California Avocados and homemade dressing. One easy dressing is 1/5 of an avocado and 2 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (per serving). Tweet this and see how it compares to a generic creamy dressing:

Avocado Dressing Nutrition

Another favorite of mine is Avocado Basil Vinaigrette (remember this from the Pickling and Preserving Avocados blog post?). For a less vinegary dressing, try playing around with the following recipe combination:

  • 1 Tablespoon of citrus juice (lemon is my go-to)
  • 1/5 of a California Avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon of oil (olive, avocado or grape seed are delicious)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Basil, oregano, garlic or other herbs and spices
  • (optional) Honey to taste

Do you have a favorite salad or dressing combination that you think I’d like? Share it with me in the comments!