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Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime

Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime is one of my favorite combinations for a summer tomato salad, and this tasty vegan salad is also easy, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly, and if you use an approved seasoning blend it’s Paleo and Whole 30! 

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This simple but perfect Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime is a favorite summer combination I came up with on a hot summer day in 2008, and when my former neighbor Carol stopped by I shared some with her.  Carol loved this combination just as much as I did, and even though it’s a spin-off from my Summer Tomato Salad with Tuna, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime, I decided that vegetarians were never going to look at that salad so this one deserved a post of its own.

The recipe calls for a lot of cilantro, which is no doubt one of the reasons I’m so enamored with the salad, but if cilantro is not your thing I think thinly sliced green onion would also be great.  And if you’re lucky enough to have fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers at this time of year, this salad is a perfect way to use them! I realize tomatoes are not that low in carbs, so if you’re wanting a lower-carb version of the salad, just double the cucumbers and use half as many tomatoes and it will still be absolutely delicious; enjoy!

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Start by cutting up the tomatoes and letting them drain for a few minutes in a colander.  (You can catch that flavorful tomato juice and use it in another recipe if you don’t want to waste it.) Dice up the avocado(s), toss with 1 tablespoon lime juice, and season with salt. Cut up the cucumber into bite-sized pieces.  I peeled strips off these European cucumbers, but if you have fresh garden cucumbers peeling is definitely optional. Coarsely chop a generous amount of cilantro (or sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan.) Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, Spike Seasoning (or other all-purpose seasoning blend) and Vege-Sal (or salt) to make the dressing.

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Gently combine the avocado, tomatoes, and cucumber and stir in the dressing mixture. Then stir in the chopped cilantro and serve.

Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime found on KalynsKitchen.com

I would eat this for a light summer lunch, but it’s also perfect for a side dish!

More Delicious Vegan Salads for Cilantro Lovers:

Asian Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Vidalia Onions ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cilantro Slaw from Andrea’s Recipes
Thai Cucumber Salad with Mint, Basil, and Cilantro ~ Cafe Johnsonia
Garbanzo, Tomato, and Cilantro Salad with Lime and Chile Dressing ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Want More Summer Tomato Salads?

Check out Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads (plus Honorable Mentions) for more amazing salad ideas for summer tomatoes!

Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime

Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime is the perfect ingredient combination for a light summer lunch.



  • 6 medium tomatoes, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups diced tomatoes)
  • 2 medium cucumbers, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 cup diced cucumber)
  • 1 or 2 avocados, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 T fresh squeezed lime juice (to toss with avocado)
  • Vege-Sal or salt to taste (for seasoning avocado)
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (use more or less to taste; use thinly sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 T fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 T best quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Spike seasoning (optional, but good; can use another all-purpose seasoning blend if you don’t have Spike)
  • salt to taste (I used Vege-Sal, but sea salt would be great here)


  1. Cut up tomatoes and put them in a colander placed in the sink to drain for a few minutes.
  2. Whisk together 2 T lime juice, olive oil,  Spike seasoning, and Vege-Sal to make the dressing.
  3. Peel avocado(s) and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I use this method for peeling and cutting an avocado.)
  4. Put avocado pieces into plastic or glass bowl and toss with 1 T lime juice.
  5. Season generously with salt.
  6. Chop cucumbers into bite-sized pieces, peeling off thin strips if the peel is thick.  (Fresh garden cucumbers won’t need to be peeled.
  7. Coarsely chop cilantro.
  8. Combine the avocado(s), tomatoes, and cucumbers and gently stir in the dressing.
  9. Then stir in the chopped cilantro and  serve immediately.
  10. This doesn’t keep well, so only make as much as will be eaten right away.


Amounts of each ingredient can be adjusted to taste. This recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Every ingredient in this Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime is perfect for the South Beach Diet, or any other low-glycemic eating plan, although you should stick to one avocado if you’re making this for South Beach. Tomatoes aren’t that low in carbs, so for a lower-carb version I would double the cucumbers and use half as many tomatoes.

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44 comments on “Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime”

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  2. So glad you have enjoyed it Althea.

  3. Hi Kalyn. I don't know if I left a comment in the past about this wonderful recipe. I make it often,either using it over a salad or a salsa dip. I haven't made the dressing yet because it is so good without it I don't go any further. Avocados are so good for us so it's extra special knowing that we are eating something very healthy. Thank you for posting this.

  4. Great idea to use this on fish tacos!

  5. This is going to be so good on fish tacos! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Recently your blog has come up several times when I am searching for different info or recipes.
    I really enjoy your style and will continue to follow you. Thanks!

  7. Thanks, so glad you like it!

  8. YUM! This looks right up our alley! Great recipe!

  9. I never had it with cilantro. That's sounds delicious. It looks like I'll be running to the store. I can't understand why people think it's too expensive to eat healthy. It's more expensive to have bad health.

  10. TC, sounds tasty (and more avocado is always good!)

  11. Made this the other day with a few adjustments due to what I had on hand. I only had 1 cucumber, but added a 2nd avocado. I didn't have any limes, so I used lemon juice. And I had 1/2 ear of grilled corn which needed using up so I added that and a can of rinsed black beans for some protein. It was delicious! I can't wait to make it with the lime juice as I just know that will be even better :O)

  12. I am a cilantro lover..I garish most of my curries with cilantro…I like cilantro dip too.yummy vegan salad.I liked your idea of adding avocado. will definitely give a try.

  13. this was fantastic! had it for dinner tonight with a chicken burger (no bun) and it was awesome.

  14. That looks marvellous! Nick and I are both in the cilantro lovers camp – although I can see how the taste might not be everyone’s cup of tea!

  15. Anonymous, I love that idea! Thanks for sharing.

  16. i am always looking for new salads. I am not crazy about cilatro or fresh parsley so I made this recipe with fresh baby dill instead. It was wonderful!

  17. Another delicious use for cilantro – and you know how much I LOVE it. I think it is time to head to the market to buy more.

  18. I see I’m seriously behind on responding to comments again. I do read them all when I publish the comment, and really appreciate the nice thoughts even if I don’t always get back here.

    I’d love it if one of you cilantro haters tried this with Italian Parsley, because I’m betting it’s pretty good.

  19. Well, you know I’m one of those cilantro haters; I’d just as soon add dish detergent to my food as add cilantro! But this looks gorgeous, Kalyn. Your photo is beautiful enough to cause me to overlook the cilantro. Plus, I love that it’s vegan and contains avocado.

  20. I made this today with garden tomatoes and cucumbers. It was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

  21. I had every intention of planting cilantro in my herb garden this year… Thinking that if I grew it myself I would have to like it.
    Well, we know what the road to hell ispaved with… No garden at all this year. But I still have the seeds so will try next year.
    In the meantime I’ll enjoy this lovely salad with parsley (that came up by itself)

  22. This looks amazing, thanks for the post and inspiration to make it!

  23. oh, that looks reallly pretty Kalyn! one of my fav herbs too:)

  24. Avocado AND cilantro? I am so there.

  25. Really gorgeous colors! I love this combination too. Lately I’ve been using leaves of Romaine to scoop up dips and salads in lieu of bread or tortilla chips. I think this would be that way too.

  26. I know how much you love cilantro — but I’ll swap that for some fresh flat-leaf parsley from my garden. I love avocado and cucumber together, not just for the color, but for the contrast in textures.

  27. I love avocado, lime and cilantro! Gotta try this one. Will have to get some tomatoes at the farmer’s market tomorrow and make this. YUM.

  28. Sounds totally delicious–and I just happen to have all those ingredients on hand! 🙂

  29. I am a love cilantro kind of gal. I don’t understand how my idol, the Barefoot Contessa, can despise it so.
    You can’t go wrong pairing it with avacado, your salad looks so healthy and refreshing. Perfect on the deck with a girlfriend and a glass of sauv blanc.

  30. I’m going to see if I can make this TODAY! 😉 Thanks!


  31. Delicious salad! And I love all the ingredients, although, cilantro is extremely difficult to find in Serbia. I grow my own on the apartment balcony, but this year I had only a few plants that I already used 🙂

    Thanks for your entry and for giving me opportunity to host such a wonderful event!

  32. how fortunate that i just so happen to have all these ingredients on hand. this shall be my lunch today, and i’m not kidding. excellent combination! 🙂

  33. That looks totally YUM. Cilantro is not the first thing I would grab to combine with tomatoes and avocado but I can imagine the flavour and look forward to trying this!

  34. I am not a cilantro lover but I would eat this with parsley or basil quite happily. I wanted to say thanks for looking out for the vegetarians – I can look at recipes and think about them without the meat or fish but it is so nice not to have to do creative somersaults in my head!

  35. this looks very yummy. i will have to give it a try. I am in love with all the ingredients!

  36. oooh! I think I know what I’m having for dinner now. DH is out of town so I’m doing the vegan thing. Yum!

  37. Looks quite simple, yet delicious! I love all of these ingredients actually.

  38. While traveling in Turkey a few years back this is what was served whenever salad was ordered. I love it.

  39. Cilantro pot pie?
    I’ll have to ask you to leave.
    Just ridiculous.

  40. Mallika and Maven, so glad you like the recipe. This might be my “salad of the summer,” I’ve made it so many times!

    Elkit, great meeting you too! (And I am beyond jealous that you have a neighbor with a lime tree.)

  41. Well, wuddaya know! There’s a bunch of cilantro in my fridge that needs using. And an avocado. And cucumbers (the smallish Persian ones). And tomatoes. All I need is a lime. I think I can probably snatch one from the neighbors’ tree. Perfect timing!

    Oh, and it was so great meeting you in person at BlogHer!

  42. I appreciate the salad recipe – it looks simple, fresh, and delicious. And thankyou for providing those links.

  43. I made a very similar salad the other day but with celery instead of cucumber. Love the vibrant colours!

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