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

Rabbit food? Not this salad.

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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.

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

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves: 2
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Calories 22011%
Fat 18gr27%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 85mg3%
Carbohydrates 17gr13%
Fiber 6gr24%
Sugar 4gr8%
Protein 3gr5%

*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 Cholesterol
Lower Sodium
Lower Sodium
Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar