Perfect First Day of Summer Salad

I don’t know where the time goes lately. I’m thrilled with all the new ventures in my life, but now I really need to revamp my to-do list/schedule. Time management is definitely going to be my priority this weekend. I am excited to share everything that’s been going on, but that will have to wait until I have more details pegged down.

Today was the first day of summer, and the weather finally felt like it. It was mid-90′s today! I love it. I just wanted to be outside all day – dang lab job was getting in the way.

In honor of the first day of summer – I made the best farmer’s market fresh salad.

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Summer’s Best Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad

Serves 1

This salad is simple, but the freshness of the in season tomatoes and cucumbers really makes it something special. And avocados are always the perfect addition to anything. It is lightly dressed with lime juice and fresh ground pepper. Easy, peasy. Exactly what you want for summer meals so you can maximize your time outdoors.


  • 1 medium-large beefsteak tomato
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/3 avocado
  • juice from 1 lime
  • fresh pepper


  1. Cube produce
  2. Mix to combine
  3. Squeeze lime juice over the top
  4. Top with ground black pepper

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To make a full dinner, I combined mine with some wilted kale and 1 cup of cooked red/white quinoa.

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A smidge of goat cheese might have made an appearance too. Well simply because just like an avocado, a little goat cheese just makes everything better.

Now, I’m off to find indulge in another joy of summer – ice cream!!

What did you do on this summer solstice??

I’ve really been waiting for the arrival of summer all year, let’s hope it doesn’t go by too fast!


  1. mmmm looks wonderful! the red quinoa finishes it off so nicely

  2. Down here in Sydney, it was actually the winter solstice today, instead of summer. I guess I’ll have two shortest days this year. :(

  3. Ooh that DOES sound like the perfect summer salad. Cucumbers and tomatoes are always so refreshing :)
    I spent day 1 mostly inside too, but when I did head out it was HOT, too hot to enjoy almost! I need to get a pool.

  4. I love the simplicity and fresh ingredients this salad!

  5. Yum! The Union Square Greenmarket is one of my favorite Saturday activities- especially in the summer. Actually, summer just makes everything better. :)

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  7. All of the best salads have Avocado in them!

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