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A Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad Your Heart Will Love

Rabbit food? Not this salad.

This ain’t your typical salad.

This avocado, tomato, and corn salad by wellness chef Charles Chen skips the leafy greens and just makes the chopped veggies the star (well, avocado and tomato are technically fruits). This unique salad makes the perfect side dish and would impress anyone at a summer picnic. Sorry, potato salad: You’ve been retired.

Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”

Although it might seem “less healthy” to have a salad sans leafy greens like spinach or kale, this salad is full of heart-healthy nutrients. The American Heart Association recommends replacing saturated fat (like the mayo in the potato salad) with monounsaturated fats (like in these avocados) to get the right nutrients and prevent cardiovascular disease.

If these flavors are right up your alley, why limit yourself to enjoying it only as a salad? This dish doubles as a unique salsa (put it on your tacos or black bean burgers) or as a heart-healthy dip for your tortilla chips. Here’s how to make baked tortilla chips at home.

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup non-GMO corn
  • pinch each of sea salt and cayenne pepper
  • 1 whole avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • handful of fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil

Instructions

Mix and enjoy!
Charles Chen

This video features Charles Chen. Charles Chen is a chef, host, and wellness expert based in Los Angeles and New York City.

Duration: 1:29. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: Sept. 12, 2017

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 2
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
220
11% Complete
11%
Fat
18g
27% Complete
27%
Cholesterol
0mg
0% Complete
0%
Sodium
85mg
3% Complete
3%
Carbohydrates
17g
17% Complete
17%
Fiber
6g
24% Complete
24%
Sugar
4g
8% Complete
8%
Protein
3g
5% Complete
5%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Lower Carbohydrate
Lower Carbohydrate
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Sodium
Lower Sodium
Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar
Vegan
Vegan
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
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