We love this guacamole salad. It’s the perfect light and refreshing side dish to your favorite tacos or enchiladas – and has all of the components of guacamole! So delicious and simple and customizable.
My favorite dip in salad form? Um yes, hi, hello!
I’m very excited to share our new go-to side dish when I’m doing any kind of taco or tex-mex night at home. This is such a lovely side dish – it can be a salad-like side you eat with a fork or something you scoop up with chips. All the things that you love in guacamole are tossed here in a bowl with tons of lime!
This is embarrassingly easy and doesn’t necessarily require a recipe, but is one of those things I like to share with you so it’s on your radar. In your mind when you’re planning means and thinking of what to make or eat. Sort of like my hummus quesadillas or smashed potatoes or ranch dressing.
I want this to have a home!
Since guacamole is one of my favorite snacks ever, I am verrrrry thrilled about this option. Let’s just say it’s constantly in rotation these days. It’s essentially chunky guac with lettuce… that I’m calling salad.
See, our local Mexican restaurant serves many of their entrees with “guacamole salad.” It happens to be a bed of shredded lettuce topped with traditional guac, which doesn’t sound like much. But it’s super good and a nice light side. Something more refreshing and lighter than rice or beans, you know?
Sometimes it’s a second side to the dish too. So you get rice AND guacamole salad. I love that.
Since it’s their guacamole, I tend to take chips to the guac salad. This isn’t unusual as I do the same with a burrito bowl even if it has rice and lettuce. But all I could think about was making my own guacamole salad with the guac components – instead of mashing up the guac and serving it with lettuce. Like chunks of avocado, tomato, etc.
So that’s what I do now and we LOVE it! The kids love this. It is such a nice side dish to have, especially if you’re having a heavier dish like enchiladas or even tortilla soup.
The other great thing is that you can add anything you love in here. If you like red peppers or more diced onion in your guacamole, you can toss it in. You could toss in crumbled cotija cheese or extra cilantro.
I like to serve this with shredded or chopped lettuce – but you can also do larger torn leaves of lettuce too. There is really no right or wrong way.
Oh and here’s the thing – it’s not like I’m saying NOT to make guacamole. I want guacamole always always always. There is never a time that I don’t want it. But if you’re looking to switch things up, or make a satisfying side/dish salad for dinner (our family LOVES side dish options!), this is IT.
- 8 ounces shredded lettuce
- 2 avocados, chopped
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced (optional!)
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- kosher salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Combine the lettuce, avocado, tomato, jalapeños and cilantro in a bowl. Season all over with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle with lime juice and olive oil. Toss well and serve immediately.
Plus doesn’t guacamole salad just SOUND better than regular salad? Yep.