Outdoor cooking is an art. And a skill. It’s scary. It’s fun. It can be intimidating, but will elicit pride almost unequaled when done well. There are some secrets to pulling off the perfect outdoor meal. And one of those secrets is to make sure that some of your outdoor cooking doesn’t actually require cooking! I’ve got you covered with this melt-in-your-mouth-you’ll-feel-like-you-died-and-went-to-heaven Fresh Avocado and Tomato Salad.
Maybe it’s just me, but I used to get a bit stressed when planning and cooking an outdoor meal. It’s hard to manage the temperature of the food. Controlling that flaming box we call a BBQ grill feels a bit like witchcraft. And there’s a lot of running back and forth from the kitchen to the outdoor food area. A lot! It just seems difficult.
The first time I gave an honest attempt at a full outdoor meal was 7 years ago when I first moved back to Arizona. The weather was perfect (as usual), I had family all around, and I had started dating a pretty nice guy. So I went all out and spent the day planning and prepping. I brined the chicken breasts that I was planning on grilling. I spent quite some time working out very complicated and detailed side dishes. And I’m pretty sure I even made dessert (although I can’t even come close to remembering what it was). My family showed up with bottles of wine and huge smiles on their faces. The guy didn’t. (I’m not talking about wine or smiles…. he didn’t even show up! He did call a few minutes before dinner with a “very important” excuse, though.)
I learned a few things that day. I learned that I actually can successfully grill chicken on the bone. I learned that a little prep goes a long way. I learned that it’s WAY easier to plan at least one dish that doesn’t require outdoor cooking. And I learned not to date a self-absorbed-my-life-is-way-more-important-than-yours guy. All good and valuable lessons.
No Cooking Outdoor Cooking Side Dish
So what’s the hands-down easiest no-cooking-required outdoor cooking dish? This amazing fresh avocado and tomato salad, of course! There’s one very important piece to the deliciousness of this side dish – everything must be ripe. If it’s not, then don’t make it. (Maybe get store bought macaroni salad instead…? Desperate times call for desperate measures.) And how easy is? Four ingredients. Three steps. Now that’s easy!
- Dice the red, ripe, juicy, fresh tomatoes and the buttery, rich, creamy avocados
- Whisk together some olive oil and white wine vinegar
- Mix everything together
- You’re welcome!
Hopefully my mistakes can be lessons learned for you too! Keep your outdoor cooking simple. You’ll be much happier, and much less stressed out! (And don’t date self-absorbed men… unless you like it when you spend all day planning every detail of a meal and he can’t bother to show up. Just sayin’!)
If you’re looking for something easy to grill to go with this no-cook side dish, try my homemade hamburgers! Don’t forget to Like, Yum, Tweet, or Share this recipe to anyone thinking of having an outdoor party this summer!