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A summer "salad" without the lettuce

August 14, 2014 - Taste Buds
With a bevy of fresh produce available and Buds that get bored easily with the same old thing, we're constantly looking for some new recipes.

It's a surprise to no one that the Buds love salads, but even we can get tired of run of the mill greens. So we did some thinking (and internet research - thanks for the ideas, Google!), and found a great idea for a summer "salad" without lettuce that also doubles as a great way for using fresh garden herbs and veggies.

With a little modification, here's what we came up with:

1 or 2 medium-sized fresh tomatoes

1 ripe avocado

Handful of fresh basil leaves (use as much or as little as you like)

Lemon juice

Extra virgin olive oil

Dice the tomatoes and the avocado and chop the basil leaves and toss them into a large bowl.

Add about 1/4 cup of lemon juice (we just eyeballed it), and about 1/3 cup of olive oil (again, we just guestimated).

Mix everything together with a big spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can adjust your ingredients based on your preferences. Use less juice and oil for a "drier" salad. If you don't like basil, fresh parsley makes a nice substitute. Or for a Mexican kick, use lime juice in place of the lemon juice and cilantro in place of the basil.

This tomato-avocado-basil salad keeps well in the fridge in a sealed container for several days -- that is, if it lasts that long!


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