Summer Avocado Salad – Easy Picnic Recipe & Science Project

Summer is all about easy and cool. This versatile Summer Avocado Salad is both. Add or drop ingredients to fit your family’s tastes and pantry supplies. We always have CSA veggies to use up and canned beans are a stock item in our kitchen, so we created this meal around those items. Mix, match, eat and have fun.

Summer Avocado Salad

This easy summer salad can be easily altered to fit your family. Don't like kidney beans? Ditch them. Want more protein? Add some grilled chicken. You can even drop the avocado if you want!
Servings 4


  • 1 Avocado chopped (or more if you like).
  • 1 Bell pepper (any color) chopped (if you like spicy, use jalepeno)
  • 1 can Kidney Beans rinsed & drained
  • 1 can Black Beans rinsed & drained
  • 1 can Garbanzo Beans rinsed & drained
  • 1 can Sweet Corn rinsed & drained
  • 3 Vine Tomatoes chopped (or whatever tomatoes you have on hand)
  • Fresh Cilantro to taste
  • 1 clove Garlic diced
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive Oil to coat


  • Mix it. 
  • Eat it.

Science Fun with Your Summer Avocado Salad Grow an Avocado Tree

We love to grow things with our kitchen scraps. It’s fun, it’s science, and it is basically free. Plus, since our kitchen is always creating scraps it can be done spontaneously. Who can beat that?

Avocado plants make very pretty houseplants, but according to this article, plants grown indoors from seed are unlikely to grow fruit. It’s best to consider it a free, homegrown houseplant. Here are the basic directions.

  1. Save the seed when making your salad
  2. Wash it off under the faucet and pat it dry with a towel.
  3. Find a jar that is wide enough to fit your seed but not too wide, we’re going to be balancing it with toothpicks in the next step.
  4. Press a few (3-4) toothpicks into the center of the seed so only the fatter end (notice the seed is an oval) sits in the water. Big end down, small end up – like tulips.
  5. Since its summer, set the jar outside somewhere that it can soak up lots of indirect light. (If you are doing this in another season, a window or grow light will work).
  6. Check your jar daily to make sure the water level is still up around the seed.
  7. Then wait.
  8. Read the Carrot Seed every day for a few weeks (maybe 2, maybe 6). Just like the little boy in the story, don’t give up too quickly, but bring it indoors if it starts to get too cold out. If nothing sprouts after a couple months, buy more avocados and try again.
  9. Once you start seeing a good amount of roots, you can plant it in a pot.

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Apartment Therapy has some good advice for caring for the plant once you have put it in a pot.

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