A delightful & refreshing romaine salad with avocado and tomatoes sprinkled with pine nuts and shaved parmesan drizzled with dijon balsamic vinaigrette.

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If you’re in the mood for a refreshing and nutritious salad that bursts with vibrant colors and flavor, we’ve got just the recipe for you: avocado tomato romaine salad.

This delightful dish is the perfect blend of creamy avocados, juicy tomatoes, and crisp romaine lettuce, all tossed together in a tangy dijon balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Fresh Ingredients on Cutting Board


All you need are these fresh ingredients.

1 head of romaine – a head of romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped, provides a crisp and refreshing base for the salad.

3 tomatoes – chopped Roma tomatoes. Grape or cherry tomatoes would also be delicious.

1 avocado – a perfectly ripe avocado cut into chunks. Feel free to add an extra avocado or two if you’re an avocado lover.

Small package of pine nuts – add pine nuts for a subtle nutty flavor and satisfying crunch. Find regular pine nuts in the snack or baking sections of your grocery store.

8 ounces of parmesan cheese – shaved parmesan is our favorite (and a bit ‘fancy’), but you can also use shredded parmesan.

Dijon balsamic dressing – we love to make our own dijon balsamic (it’s so easy and yummy!), but you can buy pre-made dressing if you prefer.

Romaine, Roma Tomatoes, Avocado, Parmesan, Pine Nuts on Marble Surface

Supplies & Favorite Tools for Chopping Salads

Here are a few kitchen tools you’ll need.

Cutting board and knife – we recommend a non-slip cutting board and a chef’s knife to chop the romaine lettuce and tomatoes.

Avocado slicers (or pairing knife and spoon) – to slice and remove the avocado you can use an avocado slicing tool or a paring knife and spoon.

Serving bowl and spoon – use a medium-sized bowl and a mixing spoon to combine all the ingredients together.

Salad spinner – not required, but salad spinners work great to remove water from the lettuce after rinsing.

Avocado Tomato Romaine Salad in Bowl with Towel and Dressing Behind

How to Make Avocado Tomato Romaine Salad

Follow these simple steps to make this yummy, flavorful salad.

Note: If you plan to make homemade balsamic dijon, follow this recipe and chill in the fridge while preparing the salad.

Step 1 | Slice avocado into chunks

Slice the avocado and remove it using a spoon or avocado tool.

Scoop and Slice Avocado

Step 2 | Chop the tomatoes

Wash and chop the roma tomatoes.

Chop Roma Tomatoes

Step 3 | Cut the romaine

Wash and chop fresh romaine lettuce. Use a salad spinner to remove any excess water, if necessary.

Chop Romaine Lettuce

Step 4 | Assemble the Salad

Add the chopped romaine lettuce to a medium serving bowl.

Add Lettuce to White Bowl

Add the sliced avocado and tomatoes.

Add Ingredients to White Bowl

Top with pine nuts and shaved parmesan cheese.

Top View of Salad Ingredients in White Bowl

Gently toss to mix all the ingredients together.

Mix Salad (Left) and Closeup (Right)

Step 5 | Drizzle with Dressing

Drizzle the dijon balsamic dressing over the salad just before serving.

Adding Dijon Balsamic Dressing to Salad

Another option is to have guests add their own dressing. This way people can customize the amount of dressing to their liking. Plus, the salad won’t get soggy if you have any leftovers.

Drizzling Dressing Over Salad with Spoon

Step 6 | serve & ENjoy

Serve immediately and enjoy!

More About This Salad – Why We Love It

  • This salad is loaded with wholesome, colorful produce making it so refreshing and perfect for Summer.
  • You can serve this avocado salad as a light lunch on its own or a side dish for a barbecue or get-together with friends and family.
  • We love serving it with grilled entrees like gorgonzola steak, flank steak, or chicken kabobs.

Fun Fact – we’ve been making this salad for years. Our college friend used to make it after a night out. Skip the pizza or tacos—instead, she would whip up this salad and homemade vinaigrette.

Avocado Tomato Romain Salad Finished in White Bowl

Additional Topping Ideas

While we love this classic salad as-is, you can try different toppings. Here are a few delicious options.

  • Bacon crumbles
  • Grilled chicken
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Red onions
  • Feta cheese
  • Sliced almonds
  • Edamame

🥗 Find more salad topping ideas here.

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A delightful & refreshing romaine salad with avocado and tomato, sprinkled with pine nuts and shaved parmesan drizzled with dijon balsamic vinaigrette.

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 1 small package pine nuts
  • 8 oz shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Dijon balsamic vinaigrette (see our homemade recipe)


  1. Chop the romaine, roma tomatoes, and avocado. Add to a medium-sized serving bowl.
  2. Top with pine nuts and shaved Parmesan cheese.
  3. Gently toss to mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the entire salad and toss before serving or allow your guests to add their own.
  5. Serve and enjoy immediately!


  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 189
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 247 mg
  • Fat: 14.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.3 g
  • Protein: 8.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.6 mg
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Avocado Tomato Romaine Salad in White Bowl

Final Thoughts

This romaine avocado tomato salad is so easy to make. Just prep the fresh ingredients, toss them together in a bowl, and drizzle on the tasty dijon balsamic dressing. In minutes, you’ll have a salad that is made for Summer!


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Salad Ingredients in White Bowl (top) and Closeup (bottom)

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