Freelance Fitness Quick Lunch: Avocado and Tomato Salad

on May 10, 2010 in Freelance Fitness
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I know I'm a little bit late on this week's Freelance Fitness post, but it's recipe time, so here it is.

One thing I want to do with this series is feature extremely quick and easy breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas for those freelance writers who work from home. Why? Because the easier and faster it is to make or grab nutritious foods, the less likely we'll reach for the "bad stuff" just because we're close to the kitchen and they happen to be convenient.

I'm not a big fan of your typical lettuce or spinach-based salads (although I prefer spinach when I do make them). But here's a simple salad that I absolutely love. And it makes a great lunch!

Avocado and Tomato Salad

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion (diced) - optional
  • 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

How easy is this? Just take your diced avocado and toss it in a bowl with some washed tomatoes. Add some diced onion if you want to (personally I don't enjoy raw onions). Drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar on top. That's it. Eat up!

If you want to mix things up a bit, you could swap out the vinegar for some salt and pepper, a bit of olive oil, some lemon juice, or any other seasoning you think would work. I usually don't make this in advance -- I make it right at lunch time, and it's ready in less than five minutes. It might take a bit longer, but you can also slice up the small tomatoes to get their flavor spread over the avocados a bit (or do that if you prefer using other types of tomatoes). If I need something a bit more substantial, I'll add some diced up fresh mozzarella. Then again, I'll pair fresh mozzarella with just about anything!


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Do you like avocado and tomato salad? There are a lot of ways to make it. What's your favorite?

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.

5 Comments

  1. Dan Smith May 11, 2010 Reply

    I love avocado and prawns, so if I was wanting to make this a little more substantial (hey, I’m a growing boy), I’d throw in some prawns, a bit of rocket and a fresh chilli, as prawn and chilli works SO well.

    Dammit that sounds good.

  2. Jennifer Mattern May 11, 2010 Reply

    Seafood — ewww. lol If you’re into that, it sounds like it might be a great option. I wouldn’t think of chili in there, but yeah… I can see how that might actually be a good fit. :)

  3. Dan Smith May 11, 2010 Reply

    I’d have added a little mayonnaise and tomato ketchup to the prawns, but that’s not entirely fitting with the whole ‘freelance fitness’ thing.

    The avocado-prawn mix is actually quite a traditional Christmas dinner starter over here in the UK and although it does sound a little weird, it works really well.

  4. Wendy S. Johnson May 12, 2010 Reply

    Yum. I haven’t had Avocado and Tomato Salad in awhile. In the past, if I had any leftover corn, I would add that. I’ve also served the Salad on a little bit of cottage cheese, but I’ve never thought to add some mozzarella to it. That sounds interesting.

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