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Ensalada de Aguacate y Tomate - Avocado and Tomato Salad


Avocadoes, called aguacates or paltas, are a salad staple in South America. This recipe from Venezuela pairs them with tomato and onion in a vinaigrette dressing for an everyday meal favorite.


  • 2 heads romaine or butterhead lettuce, rinsed
  • 3 small avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes, blanched, cooled, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced into rings
  • 1/3 cup Spanish or virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Wash the lettuce, if necessary, wrap in paper towels until dry, then tear into bite-sized pieces. Use immediately or refrigerate until needed.

To serve, arrange the lettuce leaves on individual plates. Top the lettuce portions with avocado, tomatoes and onions. Mix the olive oil, salt, vinegar and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over the salad and serve.

About 6 servings.

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