Perfect Summer Salad

When there are ripe avocados at the store and when farmers’ markets feature heirloom tomatoes, it’s ripe time to try this salad.  It’s so simple and easy, but it’s simply divine when the ingredients are fresh and in season.  I’ll admit, I still make it during the winter with imported tomatoes because I can’t resist, but it’s not nearly as tasty.

This simple salad includes tomato, avocado, mozzarella, and basil.  It’s a simplified version of a summer salad my mom made for a cookout one summer that also had sweet corn and black beans.  I combine all these ingredients in different combinations depending on what’s available, and they always compliment each other well.  I’ve done just avocado and tomato; avocado, mozzarella, raw corn, and red onion.  Any vegetable would be great.  Some nuts, like pine nuts, or different kinds of herbs make good additions as well.

This is the most essential, basic version of the recipe: normally a 2:1 ratio of tomato to avocado (although I love avocado so much, I normally add more), just a bit of fresh, chopped mozzarella cheese, basil, a drizzle of lemon juice (about the amount it would take to coat all the added avocado and keep it from browning), a good drizzle of olive oil, and salt.  I chop all the veggies and cheese first, salting each addition to make sure it’s seasoned properly, and then I dress the salad with lemon juice and olive oil.  Only stir it gently to coat, otherwise the avocado pieces will break down and dissolve into the dressing.

With the weather becoming so warm, it’s making me crave backyard cookouts, pool parties, and tasty picnics.  I cannot wait for summer and for enjoying this cool, refreshing salad while lounging in the sun.  These ingredients simply make me think of summer and make me smile whenever I eat them.  What are your favorite summer salad recipes?

One Response to “Perfect Summer Salad”
  1. Mom says:

    This is making me hungry – maybe we can make this over the weekend.

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