Knife and Fork Salad with Gazpacho flavors

June 11, 2010

Author Notes:

Summer is here! On long hot summer days, there is nothing I love more than cold gazpacho for dinner. Here is a salad that I made tonight that satisfies my gazpacho craving without all the heavy lifting. The refreshing sweet crunch of the cucumber shines in contrast to the creamy avocado and spice of the dressing. NOTES: I made the dressing without measurements so feel free to use less or more as needed, to taste. When I made this tonight I drizzled the dressing on everything. In the recipe I suggest only drizzling into the avocado, allowing the action of cutting to release the dressing into the frisee. Choose whichever method suits you.


Serves: 4


for the salad

  • 1 small head frisee, leaves washed well and torn
  • 2 ripe but still firm avocados
  • 1/2 japanese cucumber
  • 2 handfuls ripe grape tomatoes, washed

for the dressing

  • 1 small lime
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha chili garlic sauce
  • 3 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • sea salt, to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Arrange torn frisee in four serving bowls
  2. Halve each avocado. Carefully peel and discard skin from each half. Slice away any bruised spots, keeping each half as intact as possible. Distribute halves among bowls.
  3. Cut cucumber in half, lengthwise. Cut each half in half again. Chop cucumber quarters and arrange evenly in avocado halves.
  4. Halve grape tomatoes. Evenly distribute among four avocado halves.
  5. In a small bowl, juice the lime. Add sriracha. Add olive oil.
  6. Coarsely chop cilantro and add to dressing. Using a fork, stir vigorously to emulsify, adding sea salt to taste.
  7. Using a spoon, drizzle dressing into each avocado half.
  8. Instruct guests to use fork and knife to cut up avocado, allowing dressing to mix with frisee. Enjoy!

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

AntoniaJames August 13, 2010
Gorgeous! Picking up a few extra avocados at the market this weekend to make it! ;o)
healthierkitchen August 13, 2010
Thanks for the info. I will try - will just pick the bumpiest local cucumber I find at the market!
healthierkitchen August 13, 2010
Looks lovely but I don't think I've ever seen Japanese cucumber. Is it much different than the English seedless?
Author Comment
gingerroot August 13, 2010
They are very similar and you can substitute one for the other. One main difference is that Japanese cucumbers have bumpy skin. I hope you try it, it is quick, healthy and full of flavor.