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Cucumber Avocado Salad

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 Avocado Salad - Dairy-free, gluten-free, fasano diet friendly, gluten-free salad- Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

What to Put in Cucumber Salads

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.

Cucumber Avocado Salad Ingredients

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.

different cucumber cuts for cucumber salads

How do You Cut Cucumbers for Salads

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.

Is Cucumber and Avocado Good for You?

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.

Cucumber Avocado Salad - Dairy-free, gluten-free, fasano diet friendly, gluten-free salad- Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

What to Serve With Cucumber Avocado Salad

So, what should you serve with this healthy Cucumber Avocado Salad? There is a lot you can do with this recipe.

  • Serve it as a side dish to grilled or baked meats. I think this would go perfectly next to some grilled chicken breast.
  • Bring it to a picnic or cook-out as your dish for sharing. It will be a crowd favorite and is so easy to make.
  • Make it a meal by adding in some gluten-free canned beans and cooked meat/tofu. Bringing in some starches and protein.
  • Swap out the pickled celery for pickled red onions to add a boost of color and even more flavor.
  • Make it more filling by mixing in some gluten-free whole grains. Cooked quinoa would be especially yummy with this, bringing in a nutty flavor.
  • Double the recipe and pack it as a side for lunch. This is a great way to easily boost your vegetable intake in a delicious way.

Cucumber Avocado Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Course: probiotic, Salad, Salads, side dish
Cuisine: American, Cook-Out, Dairy-Free, fasano diet, Gluten-Free, grain-free, Vegan / Plantbased
Keyword: Avocado Cucumber Salad, Cucumber Avocado Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 200kcal
Cost: 5

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 medium cucumbers, diced (or prepared how you prefer)
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 3 pickled celery stalks, diced
  • 2 tbsp oil of choice (I used extra virgin olive oil, it's perfect for salads)
  • 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar (raw vinegar offers probiotics)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (omit if on Fasano diet)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (omit if on Fasano diet)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare the cucumber, bell pepper, pickled celery, and avocado and combine in a large bowl
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, dijon mustard (if using), garlic powder (if using), and salt and pepper. It should come together to form a dressing
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and mix to combine until the dressing is evenly coating the vegetables
  • Serve within 2 hours, or let sit to soak up the flavors
  • Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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