Looking for a refreshing, healthy, quick lunch idea? Why not an avocado tomato salad!

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Lunch is likely one of the hardest meals for me to plan.  If it’s a work day, I struggle to pack a lunch that is healthy, filling, and won’t get soggy. Some days, I might end up choosing the easier cafeteria option.  If I am at home or school, I still look for something easy to grab and go in the middle of running errands, and might end up skipping lunch all together.

But I have recently taken a liking to avocados and have found that paired with a couple other ingredients, they help form the perfect meal.  Avocados are often misconceived as having too much fat, but they are actually rich in monounsaturated fat, which is a good, heart-healthy kind of fat!  Since they are so easy to peel and chop, I have discovered avocados as a great summer go-to vegetable that makes planning lunches a lot simpler.  One favorite recipe is an Avocado Tomato Salad!

Ingredients:

1 handful of cherry tomatoes
7-8 pieces fresh mozzarella
½ of a ripened Hass avocado
Dash of salt and pepper

Optional:

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup chopped fresh basil
Splash of balsamic vinegar
1-2 tablespoons of lemon zest

Directions:

  • Half the cherry tomatoes, cut the avocado into chunks, and half the mozzarella ballssalad5
  • Tip: If saving the other half of the avocado, make sure to save it with the pit still inside.  It will last a couple days longer in your refrigerator!
  • Place all cut items into a bowl
  • Add  salt and pepper to taste
  • Add desired garnishes (I added chopped cilantro and balsamic vinegar!)
  • Once all ingredients are in your bowl, mix it up and it eat right then and there, or pack it up for lunch on-the-go!  Have a piece of fruit on the side to complete your quick and wholesome lunch!

Nutrition Facts

  2 Servings

Amount Per Serving

  Calories 229.4
  Total Fat 17.6 g
  Saturated Fat 8.9 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 3.5 g
  Cholesterol 40.0 mg
  Sodium 301.2 mg
  Potassium 359.3 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 5.1 g
  Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
  Sugars 1.6 g
  Protein 13.3 g
Neha Jain

About Neha Jain

Neha is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Communications and German. She loves to eat, sing, and tweet.
 
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