Guacamole Salad

By Katie, 5:05 am

WARNING: If When you make this, you will have trouble containing yourself after the first bite. You will want to shovel it into your mouth as quickly as possible, not because you are eating emotionally, but because it is simply that good.

I urge you to contain yourself, but I also understand if that just isn’t possible. ;-)

But wait, it gets better. Delicious isn’t the only name of the game here. This salad also takes approximately zero time to make (ok, not exactly zero, but close to it!). All you really do is chop everything up, so it’s a great opportunity to work on those knife skills (which, believe me, make cooking so much faster and easier).

You can use it as a chip-dip at those upcoming football game parties. You can plop it on top of crushed tortilla chips for a taco-salad-like meal. You can wrap it into a tortilla. Or you can eat it as is. The choice is yours. 

Guacamole Salad
from Branny Boils Over (originally from the Barefoot Contessa, so no wonder it’s delicious!)
Serves 4

1 large tomato, diced
1 large avocado, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed if from a can)
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tsp minced jalapeno
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper (or to taste)

1. Chop all of your ingredients according to the ingredient list. Combine first seven items (through minced garlic) in a large bowl.

2. Whisk together lemon juice, salt, and peppers. Pour over salad.

3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Avocados: Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? No strong feelings towards ‘em? By themselves I don’t think they’re anything special, but with a dash of sea salt they make me swoon.


Do you have a dish that makes you go weak in the knees? One that forces you to pace yourself, otherwise you’ll go bananas because it is THAT good? ;-)

47 Responses to “Guacamole Salad”

  1. I either love avocados, or I hate them…I’ve had some that have been deliicous, and some that have been foul! All chance…
    Haha, tempeh with hummus, or tempeh with a cashew-banana-maple sauce – both make me go weak at the knees!!!

  2. I love avocados, but generally when they’re combined with something else. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten one alone.
    I love palak paneer. I can’t get enough of that creamy, chessy, Indian dish.

  3. I want to eat this with a spoon!

  4. Love em, for sure.

  5. Lauren says:

    I’ve made such a similar salad before and I couldn’t agree more, you just can’t stop eating it! I LOVE avocados so much! I could eat an entire one whole as a meal and be completely satisfied.

  6. LOVE avocado! And that salad looks lovely!

  7. yeah…you don’t have to tell me twice to make this! and i know full well that self control flies out the window when i do :)

  8. Sarah says:

    I love, love, LOVE avocados. And this dish looks absolutely delicious!

  9. Holly says:

    WOW – I am copying and pasting this right now!! Looks right up my alley. :-)

  10. I love avocados, and Katie this looks delicious!

    I have to pace myself with mexican type dishes: tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salsa/chips, because I tend to have little control and I can eat it so quickly. I think this recipe would be one of those as well!

  11. brandi says:

    I want to be Ina’s best friend. I LOVE this recipe and have made it tons of times, changing ingredients each time. It’s SO easy and is great for potlucks!

  12. Yum! What a good looking salad :-)

  13. I love avocadoes! I eat at least 1/4 of one per day, sometimes more. This recipe looks perfect! :D

    Another recipe that makes me swoon is a shrimp salad with tomato, avocado, red onion and cilantro.

  14. Jessica says:

    I love avocado! This looks soooo good!

  15. Amazing!!! I forgot what it was like to get avocados all the time. Here we have a bomb avo season where you can get a huge bag for like a dollar and then three weeks later they disappear never to be seen again… can´t wait for that at home so I can make this!

  16. Jill says:

    I have an unnatural love of all things avocado. I have been known to eat avocados right off the half shell!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  17. Katie, that looks so goooood! I recently made homemade salsa and have been in such a fresh Mexican food mood! As far as avocados go, I like when they are in or on things — but I don’t really just eat them plain. I know people who just take the pit out and go to town!

    There are certain things that I create that I want to keep eating and eating: rice krispy treats when they are warm and gooey, fruit/chocolate fondue, salsa cream cheese dip! Nommers!

  18. Kate D says:

    I used to avoid avocados (I believe Susan Powter was very anti-avocado.) But the first time I mashed one with some salt and lime juice I was a happy camper. This salad looks amazing. I bet it will become a staple in my house!

  19. I LIVE for avocado. LIVE!!! Especially in combination with black beans. That salad looks divine!

  20. Anything with avocado is AMAZING! I make a similar salad/dip and you are right, I usually end up shoving all of it down my throat so quickly :)


  21. I’m starting to really love them, I just always forget about them when I’m planning meals/snacks. I really like avocado slices in sandwiches, too…just adds that special something.

  22. Looooove avocados! They are one of my favorite foods – I will eat them plain anyday! I have a friend who says no meal is complete without either avocado, cheese, or chocolate. :) Lol.

    Have you ever had half an avocado with cottage cheese spooned on top and salsa on top of that, then eat it with a spoon? It’s so good for a snack or light lunch even with something on the side.

    • Katie says:

      I would never have thought to pair those things together, but now I want to give it a try! :)

  23. Dorry says:

    Great recipe – I make something similar and feel the same way: I can’t get enough! I love avocados. They are incorporated into a meal almost everyday. I’ve been on an Italian kick lately but my favorite meals include avocados, tomatoes, black beans, CUMIN, salsa and chips for dipping. :)

  24. Julie says:

    Oh….YUM! I’m totally making that for dinner tonight!

  25. Erica says:

    This looks awesome! I am a sucker for anything with avocados! Saving this recipe!

  26. McKella says:

    Oh goodness glaciers, I adore avocadoes! I can eat them plain! I will definitely make this. And cookies, because those ALWAYS sound delicious.

  27. I love avocados and guacamole! So delicious!

  28. I adore avocados. I didn’t always though. My favorite way to eat them is in a brown rice roll. I think I may get them tonight. Thanks for the dinner idea!

  29. I love, love, LOVE avocado! And I would scarf that yummy looking salad in 60 seconds flat for sure!

  30. Oh yeah please to avocados! If it’s a good avocado I can eat it by the spoonfull.

  31. christina says:

    i haven’t even made that yet and i’m actually having trouble containing myself just from the photo! sheesh!

  32. homecookedem says:

    I love avocados!! So healthy and delicious!! :) Your guac salad looks awesome, great idea for a dip this football season!!

  33. i want to lick the screen!!

    i used be not be a fan, but now that I have discovered some different guacs and having them on sandwiches I LOVE THEM!!

  34. Mmmm…I’m totally making this as soon as I can get to the store again! Yummy!

  35. Lena says:

    YUM! That salad looks so good; definitely adding it to my recipe file. I love avacados but and have recently started to buy them more often. This summer I was hooked on California Cobb salads.

  36. This salad has all my favorite flavors. I LOVE avocados. I make a similar salad without the avocados. I’ll have to add some next time!

  37. Ohh my gosh that looks incredible!! I wanna rip it from my screen!

  38. I made an avocado salsa (with peaches) yesterday and was thinking the same thing – I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make, and how delicious it was! I love avocados but have to admit I like them best in a salsa or salad, when in small chunks. I could never eat one plain.

  39. Meg says:

    I LOVE avocados. This salad sounds amazing. All those flavors!

  40. haha thanks for the warning. This does look THAT amazing! I love avocados and guac and pretty much every ingredient in this, so I will definitely be making it ASAP. :)

  41. Christine says:

    Looks awesome! I bet it would be amazing with some chopped mango in there, too. Love the way you mix in recipes and less-serious posts with some really heavy, get-you-thinking kind of stuff. Your entries seem incredibly genuine, well thought out, and well-intentioned. I’m truly so glad to have found your blog.

  42. Kristy says:

    That salad looks amazing and I bet it was! :)

  43. [...] a whole foods masterpiece. (Which is exactly what happened when I checked my inbox and found this Guacamole Salad recipe from Katie at Health for the Whole Self. Thanks, Katie! I just happened to have all the ingredients [...]

  44. What a colorful salad!!

  45. I’m so excited to make this today! I’ll let you know how it goes =)

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