Plum Avocado Summer Salad

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Author Notes: This is a creation for a nice quick summer salad! I discovered recently that I love avocado - perhaps I had only had guacamole (not a texture for me) so I missed out a lot of years without avocado. Recently I was on a plum craze and I made this combo which was delicious. Peeling plums can try your patience, but it's worth the sweet fleshy goodness without the bitter skins. - Lena S.Lena S.

Food52 Review: A study in contrasts, this salad blew us away with its unexpected combination of flavors and textures. It's as if the marriage of tart-sweet plum and buttery avocado was always meant to be -- and the fragrant cilantro garlic dressing brings just the right amount of heat to the party, in the form of a dried chili. Don't skimp on the lemon or the salt, as both are crucial for balance. We think dicing the plums and avocados a little finer and using this to top a piece of fish would be another great use for Lena S.'s great dish! - A&MThe Editors

Serves 2

  • 2 medium ripe Avocados
  • 5 medium sized ripe black plums
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • several pinches sea salt (I'm on a pink himalayan salt phase myself)
  • 1 medium lemon
  • a few glugs of olive oil
  • 1 dried red chili pepper
  1. Peel the black plums and cut into cubes (worth the task of peeling!).
  2. Peel the avocado and cut into cubes.
  3. Gently place the black plum and avocado chunks into a dish -- be careful not to mix too much, otherwise the avocado mushes all over. Squeeze with lemon and sprinkle in a couple pinches of sea salt. Do not mix.
  4. In a mortar and pestle, smash up the garlic clove with a little salt. Add the red chili pepper and continue crushing (should still be in big messy chunks). Add the cilantro and continue to mash until the ingredients are combined. Drizzle in the olive oil (1/4 to 1/2 cup) to make the dressing, mashing well.
  5. Drizzle the dressing with a spoon over the plums and avocado. Salt to taste.
  6. Let the salad sit for 5 to 10 minutes to soak in a bit and then enjoy.

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about 1 month ago Amanda Dawson

I made this today for a women's brunch. It met with rave reviews despite initial skepticism. Thanks so much for sharing!


about 1 year ago wietje

Just made it. I used manggo instead. Very nice.


about 1 year ago Lena S.

Thanks for the shout out as recipe of the day!! Made MY day anyways :)


about 1 year ago Sophia Seawell

can anybody recommend a replacement for cilantro? I'm one of those who can only taste soap :(


about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

My husband, too. I usually use flat leaf parsley in its place.


almost 2 years ago Alejandralxndr

Where did you get that mortar and pestle? It's beautiful and I want one!


about 2 years ago Sabine Gagnon

this was a huge hit at my BBQ! Impressive combination. Super delicious.


about 2 years ago Marquis

This is so interesting! Thanks for sharing, I love the combination here .. Very innovative!


about 2 years ago TastyAloha

Surprisingly delicious combination of flavors. I skipped the part with the mortar and pestle and just gently mixed all of the ingredients together in a bowl and it still tasted fantastic.


about 3 years ago kumalavula

i have made this every summer since it appeared and people ask over and over for the recipe. it's a great combination of flavors. i've played around with black plums, pluots and may even try nectarines but i never peel the fruit and it seems perfectly fine. i hope to make this once or twice more before fall settles in.


over 3 years ago susan g

I've been waiting for months to make this -- it finally came together, and I had it with Panfusine's "handvo" -- it works like a chutney, and was a delightful compliment.


almost 4 years ago carlinpatty

Just made this for dinner. Used several different types of plums and served it over a bed of arugula. Wonderful! Agree with others -- doesn't need as much oil, I used less than 1/4 cup.


almost 4 years ago shortnmorose

I added blue cheese to this and it was phenomenal. My cheese guy looked at me funny and I was like, trust me. Plums avos and blu di bufala. YUM!


almost 4 years ago Lena S.

I will have to give it a try - it does sound promising!


about 4 years ago jedverity

I agree with another commenter about using less oil. With 1/4 cup the olive oil flavor was very strong and there was a pool of it, mixed with juices, at the bottom of the bowl. Otherwise, this was amazing!


about 4 years ago Jed

Brilliant! How long do you think it could keep in the fridge?


almost 4 years ago bmallorca

Jed, I made it last week and it kept well for at least two days in the fridge, and then it was gone. We made sure the dressing got all over the avocado, and didn't notice any terrible discoloration. However it was so yummy that no one would have cared!


about 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This was one of my favorite salads last summer. We had a house party-reunion this weekend and I made this last night as a side dish to some grilled pork tenderloins. Everyone, and I mean everyone, just raved about this salad. They loved how it looked and tasted. Everyone wanted the recipe! Thanks for making me look good!


about 4 years ago Lena S.



over 4 years ago Assya

I must say I wasn't sure how this would turn out, mixing avocados and plums seemed weird.
It turned out AMAZING ! I haven't had anyhing that flavourful in a long time, thank you !

HOwever, I cut down on the oil, I think 1/4 cup is enough, maybe even too much
Thank you again


over 4 years ago Lena S.

Glad you liked it! You can definitely cut down on the oil as you prefer and adjust the lemon and chili to your taste!


almost 5 years ago The Good Cook

It's so good!


about 5 years ago jmnookin

Just made this for lunch. Absolutely delicious. My plums were a mixture of varieties and ripeness, and that produced a rather lovely mix of textures, some bites a bit crunchier, some softer & sweeter. I will be making this again for sure!!


about 5 years ago Lena S.

Great! I have tried it both with more tart firm plums and also with super soft sweet ripened plums and it works both ways! A mix sounds divine.


about 5 years ago pauljoseph

Excellent recipe


about 5 years ago Lena S.



about 5 years ago rbnyc

Nicely done. I made this a couple nights ago as a salsa for swordfish. Didn't bother peeling the plums and diced a jalapeno pepper into the mix instead of the dried chili. I had considered adding some fish sauce but it really did not need it. Result was really excellent - highly recommend it.


about 5 years ago Lena S.

Great - I'm glad - I will try with fresh jalapeno some time.