Categories: MeatlessSalads

Celery, Avocado and Cucumber Salad

It’s time to start thinking about healthy, cool, refreshing recipes for summer.  Christine Datian’s Celery,
Avocado and Cucumber Salad hits all those marks!

You can make this dish as simple or elaborate as you like. Christine offers some yummy suggestions at the end of her recipe that will really give the salad pizzazz and jazz-up any summertime meal.
Christine Datian’s Celery, Avocado and Cucumber Salad
Celery, Avocado and Cucumber Salad
by Christine Vartanian-Datian
Serves 6
6 cups sliced celery, tender leaves included, sliced on an
2 large avocados, cut into pieces or sliced
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, diced
2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced or 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut
in half
1 cup canned garbanzo beans, washed, drained
1/2 medium red onion, sliced thinly
6-8 radishes, chopped or sliced thinly
1/2 cup each chopped flat-leaf parsley and mint
1/4 cup marinated black olives
**** **** ****
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 or 2 lemons (or red wine or balsamic vinegar to
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon sumac (or lemon zest)
Olive oil
Garnishing Options:
Crumbled feta cheese, ricotta cheese or queso fresco, toasted pine nuts, pecans
or walnuts, fresh lemon or lime wedges
Salad Preparation:
Combine the celery, avocado and cucumbers with the
remaining vegetables and olives; toss.
Dressing Preparation:
In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice,
minced garlic, salt, pepper and sumac (or lemon zest).
Before Serving:
Toss dressing with salad to coat. Adjust seasonings if needed,
cover, and marinate for one hour in the refrigerator.
When ready to serve, transfer salad to a serving plate with
a slotted spoon (leaving behind any excess liquid).
Garnish with cheese and/or toasted nuts; if desired.
Serve with fresh lemon or lime wedges.
Christine’s Suggestions: To
jazz things up a bit, optional additions to this salad may include orange or
grapefruit segments, diced apple, chopped dates, pomegranate seeds, dried
cranberries, golden raisins, pears, marinated artichoke hearts or mushrooms, or
fresh grapes. Toss with a citrus poppy
seed dressing or other dressing of your choice in place of oil and lemon juice.
*Christine’s recipes have been published in the Fresno Bee
newspaper, Sunset magazine, Cooking Light magazine, and at

View Comments

Recent Posts

Easter Menu Planning? Look no further!

  I don’t know about you, but in our family, we’re all about tradition when…

2 months ago

St. Sarkis Day and 3 celebratory recipes

It’s that time of year again! St. Sarkis Day, the moveable feast day on the…

4 months ago

A Traditional Recipe for Armenian Christmas Eve – Nevik

Way back in 2010 Ara Kassabian shared his family’s recipe for Nevik with The Armenian…

5 months ago

Thanksgiving Recipes Revisited

With Thanksgiving Day just hours away, I thought I’d share a few of our favorite,…

6 months ago

George Mardikian’s Chicken Tchakhokhbelli recipe, dish favored by Georgian princes.

My family and I had the distinct honor of meeting George Mardikian at his restaurant,…

11 months ago

Antonio Tahhan and his recipe for Kbeibat, Middle Eastern dumplings

My first encounter with Antonio (Tony) Tahhan, the Syrian-American food writer, researcher, and storyteller, spans…

11 months ago

This website uses cookies. find out more.