This Cucumber Avocado Salad is quick and easy to make. Perfect for if you need to whip up a quick gluten-free cucumber salad to bring to a gluten-free dinner party, potluck, or picnic.
Cucumber salads are versatile salads that contain a variety of ingredients depending on the flavor and experience you are going for. When I make a salad it’s generally a combination of vegetables I already have on hand. Though the two key ingredients you don’t ever want to skip are pickled vegetables (like these probiotic pickled red onions) and dressing. These are both quick and easy was to add a ton of flavor to a dish easily.
As I mentioned above, cucumber salads can feature a wide-variety of ingredients, but let’s talk specifically about the ingredients in this Cucumber Avocado Salad! All of the ingredients in this cucumber salad are vegan and gluten-free. And with some modifications, this recipe can be friendly to a non-responsive celiac diet.
First, this salad has cucumber (duh). This is what bring a nice refreshing crunch and brightness to the salad. What’s great about cucumber is that it’s flavor is somewhat mutable, so everything else just blends well with it.
Next this salad has avocado. Avocado is an essential addition to this salad as it brings in fat that help us absorb some of the nourishing nutrients in the vegetables. Not only that, but it adds mouthwatering creaminess to the salad. AND the fat helps make this salad satisfying.
Additionally, this salad has pickled celery. If you’re not pickling your celery, you’re seriously eating celery wrong. Pickled celery will change your life. Regardless, the pickled celery adds flavor in every bite. If you don’t have pickled celery, you can also just dice up some pickles and add them in.
And last but not least vegetable-wise, this salad has diced bell peppers. Not only do the peppers add color but they also add a sweetness to the salad that is most welcomed in the midst of savory and mild flavors.
Dressing wise, it’s got a simple vinaigrette which also adds some more fat for added fullness and nutrient absorption! This dressing is made with oil, vinegar, spices, and dijon mustard. To keep his recipe Fasano Diet Friendly, omit the garlic powder and dijon mustard.
Now, the exciting part about this Cucumber Avocado Salad is cutting the cucumbers for the salad. In the photos, I chose to cut this cucumber into halved cucumber slices, or wedges. But you can get really fancy with your cutting cucumbers for salads.
You can cut cucumber into cubes, halves, rounds, and even sticks if you want. Alternatively you can use a potato peeler (affiliate link) and peel the cucumber into ribbons which can serve as delicious noodles. Or you can use a spiralizer (affiliate link) and turn your cucumber into fancy noodles.
How you prepare your cucumber for salads is entirely up to you and your preference. I personally cut cucumbers depending on my mood. I think noodles and ribbons are more fun but if I’m just trying to get a refreshing salad in my belly, I’m probably going to chop the cucumber.
On a serious health note, let’s talk about the health benefits of this salad. Because both cucumber and avocado are good for you (that’s why so many people push using them in smoothies).
Avocados firstly, are great for you. They’re a source of gluten-free fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, choline, and omega-3s.
Cucumbers are just a nourishing, offering fiber, water, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants. Combined these two vegetables are a satisfying and delicious pairing. Of which offers many benefits due to the nutrients found in these vegetables. From supporting heart health to managing blood sugar.
So, what should you serve with this healthy Cucumber Avocado Salad? There is a lot you can do with this recipe.