Avocado Tomato Salad with creamy avocado, fresh sun-ripened tomatoes, crispy cucumber, and aromatic basil, is such a refreshing salad not only on hot summer days but all year long!
Avocado Tomato Cucumber Salad is my go-to salad that everyone in my family loves. I especially love to serve it when we have company, who are big meat-eaters with children. This salad usually goes fast with everyone asking for more.
Tomatoes contain an abundance of lycopene, an antioxidant known to counteract the effect of free radical damage in the body.
It is also known to prevent and fight against prostate, cervical, rectum, and breast cancer.
Tomato is a rich source of vitamins C and A, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and sulfur. They have been shown by studies to increase the skin’s ability to protect itself from ultraviolet rays by 33%
Cucumbers make a very cooling and hydrating salad, which is essential at this time of year, because of their high water content.
They contain vitamins C and A as well, and caffeic acid. The hard skin contains fiber, silica, potassium, and magnesium. The silica is very beneficial for skin health.
Even though we have been told to stay away from avocado due to its high caloric content and fat content, it has been eaten by native people for thousands of years without any detrimental effect.
Avocado is now shown to be beneficial for a healthy heart, to control diabetes, and for lovely skin and to prevent cancer.
Avocado is high in fiber, folate, potassium, and monounsaturated fatty acids.
The monounsaturated fats in avocado are beneficial in lowering cholesterol. A low-fat diet which includes avocado has been known to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and increase the levels of HDL or healthy cholesterol.
Avocados contain about 10 grams of fiber per avocado. Fiber is known to prevent certain types of cancer, heart disease, and lower blood pressure by helping the stools and cholesterol leave the body.
Potassium in avocados also lowers the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and cancer.
Eating foods high in potassium and magnesium such as cucumber is known to lower blood pressure
- 3 cucumbers, diced
- 2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1/2 Vidalia onion, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 tablespoon basil, chopped
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
Chop cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, onion, and garlic, place in a bowl. In another bowl stir together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, nutritional yeast flakes, and basil. Toss dressing with salad and serve immediately.