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When I was a young child, I use to watch my mother eat avocados and enjoy them so much. She would often offer me some, however, after a couple of times tasting them I was determined they were not for me. I went many years assuming I did not like them and never would. This was a big mistake!

Many years later, I decided to give avocados another chance. I bought a couple and added them to my salad. To my surprise, I actually liked them, not just a little but a lot. How could this be? Well, the simple answer is our taste buds do change. Therefore, I learned an important lesson, we should not be quick to label a food “nasty” and assume we will never like it.

Avocados can be added to your salads, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, smoothies, etc. They are a good source of potassium and are high in monounsaturated fats which may lower your LDL “bad’ cholesterol.

If you have children, remember to be patent with them when you offer a new food. They might have to try it 10-15 times before they develop a taste for it. Also, if you have never tried avocados, give them a chance. Remember, you too might have to try them several time before you enjoy them…it happened to me.

Avacado Salad

Med Instead of Meds Recipe

This is a colorful and tasty salad that is especially good during summer months. It is easy to prepare and only has a few, simple ingredients. For variation, add chopped onions, black beans, and/or red pepper according to taste preference.

Serves: 4
Serving Size: 1 cup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 10-20 minutes
Total Time: 25-35 minutes


  • 1 ear corn on the cob, husk, and silk removed
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 large tomato, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Paprika


  1. Cook the corn on the cob in the microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Cut the corn off the cob and collect the kernels in a bowl.
  3. Mix the corn kernels, avocado, and tomato in a big bowl and toss with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with paprika.
  6. Serve cold.

Nutrition Information per Serving:
(Based on 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper)

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Vegetables: 1 cup
  • Fruits: 0 cups
  • Calories: 138 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 12 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Sodium: 592 mg

Source: Med Instead of Meds

Written By

Seydel Cropps, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSeydel CroppsEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Associate Call Seydel E-mail Seydel N.C. Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center
Updated on Sep 29, 2020
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