This delicious Avocado Cucumber Salad is the perfect healthy summer side dish recipe. It's super easy to make and has tons of flavor.

Serve it with our Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts or our Tender Grilled Pork Chops.

This delicious Avocado Cucumber Salad is the perfect healthy summer side dish recipe. It's super easy to make and has tons of flavor. Plus it's a naturally vegan + gluten-free + paleo recipe and can easily be made Whole30 compliant! | theendlessmeal.com

This Avocado Cucumber Salad was a favorite of mine for a long time. It's crazy easy to make and the crunchy cucumbers with the creamy avocados is a combo that's hard not to fall in love with.

The original recipe comes from Bon Appétit. I've adapted the recipe mostly by changing the process of how it is made and how it is served. I like to keep things simple so the recipe is altered to reflect that. I've made it the original way and my way both many times and my simple version tastes just as good as the original.

Here's to keeping life simple!

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This delicious Avocado Cucumber Salad is the perfect healthy summer side dish recipe. It's super easy to make and has tons of flavor. Plus it's a naturally vegan + gluten-free + paleo recipe and can easily be made Whole30 compliant! | theendlessmeal.com

Everything works about this salad: the crunchy but slightly softened cucumbers, the creamy avocados, the earthy cilantro, and the hint of spice that tingles your tongue.

That this salad can be made ahead of time and transports easily is a bonus. For some serious cuteness factor, put it in single-serving sized mason jars and pack it along for your picnic. Or make a giant bowl of it and bring it to a BBQ, or serve this perfect side dish at your own party.

This delicious Avocado Cucumber Salad is the perfect healthy summer side dish recipe. It's super easy to make and has tons of flavor. Plus it's a naturally vegan + gluten-free + paleo recipe and can easily be made Whole30 compliant! | theendlessmeal.com

What's up with pre-salting the cucumbers …

Making this cucumber and avocado salad requires you to do something called maceration, or so Bon Appétit says. It's basically tossing the cucumbers in a little salt and sugar then letting them sit at room temperature while some of the juice is drawn out of them.

The process softens the cucumber just a little and makes a sort of dressing for the salad. Yum!

This delicious Avocado Cucumber Salad is the perfect healthy summer side dish recipe. It's super easy to make and has tons of flavor. Plus it's a naturally vegan + gluten-free + paleo recipe and can easily be made Whole30 compliant! | theendlessmeal.com

If you make this Cucumber Avocado Salad make sure to snap a pic and tag @theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create.

This delicious Avocado Cucumber Salad is the perfect healthy summer side dish recipe. It's super easy to make and has tons of flavor. Plus it's a naturally vegan + gluten-free + paleo recipe and can easily be made Whole30 compliant! | theendlessmeal.com

Avocado Cucumber Salad

This Avocado Cucumber Salad is light, refreshing, and is the perfect crunchy and creamy combo. This cucumber recipes can be made ahead of time too!

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup minced ginger
  • 2 English cucumbers, quartered and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, use coconut sugar for paleo, omit for Whole30
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Thai red chili
  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • ¼ cup EACH: basil leaves and cilantro, chopped

Instructions 

  • Place the ginger, cucumbers, sea salt, sugar (if using), garlic, and red chili in a large salad bowl. Mix it around a little so that everything is mixed together. Set the bowl aside on your counter for a half-hour.
    ¼ cup minced ginger, 2 English cucumbers, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, 4 cloves garlic, 1 Thai red chili
  • Add the celery, oil, and lime juice to the salad bowl and toss well. Season to taste with sea salt. Add the diced avocados, basil, and cilantro and gently toss once more.
    4 stalks celery, 1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil, Juice from ½ lime, 2 avocados, ¼ cup EACH: basil leaves and cilantro
  • Serve within a half hour.

Notes

The total time to make this salad is 50 minutes, but most of that is hands-off.
You can prepare it ahead of time by combining the cucumbers and spices in the bowl but NOT sprinkling the salt and sugar over. Place the bowl in the fridge for up to 8 hours. When you are ready, take the bowl out of the fridge, add the salt and sugar, let it sit for a half hour then continue with the rest of the preparation.
Serving: 1 serving = ⅙ of the recipe, Calories: 158kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 417mg, Potassium: 576mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 384IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1mg
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