Avocado- Pine Nut Salad

I’ve been making this Avocado- Pine Nut Salad for YEARS. First discovered at my sister’s house eons ago while plowing through her loads of cookbooks, this has since become a classic family favorite. Need a great salad for a potluck? This is it. Need a salad that most people will eat? I’ve got you covered.  Need a new side salad for dinner because you’re tired of the same old thing? This is the one.

It’s simple, and it’s darn good. Many in my extended family and network of friends have now incorporated this salad into their meal rotations. It’s that good!  Add grilled chicken to make this a main dish salad.

Yield: 8 Servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Avocado- Pine Nut Salad

This has been my family's favorite salad recipe for years and years. Every family gathering we have, this salad makes an appearance!


2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped
1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
1 large avocado, chopped
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

4 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Place dressing ingredients in shaker jar. Shake well and refrigerate until chilled.

2. Prepare salad ingredients and toss with chilled dressing.

3. Serve immediately.


*An easy way to roast raw pine nuts is to dry roast them in a heated saucepan, stirring often so that they do not burn (they burn easily if not watched).
*Grill some chicken and marinate it in the salad dressing for a great summer, main-dish salad!

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/8th of the salad
Calories per serving: 179
Fat per serving: 14g
Saturated Fat per serving: 2g
Sugar per serving: 1g
Fiber per serving: 6.25g
Protein per serving: 5g
Cholesterol per serving: 2.5mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 12g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 5 Old Points Program: 5.5

SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

12 Responses to “Avocado- Pine Nut Salad”

  1. postedApr 7, 2010 6:41 AM

    Saw this on twitter and just had to come and look. Avos are just the best and coming ripening fast on my tree….thx for sharing!

  2. postedApr 7, 2010 6:48 AM

    I like everything about this recipe!

  3. postedApr 7, 2010 6:49 AM

    Except for the mustard… this looks wonderful!

    • April 7th, 2010 @ 7:40 AM

      Trust me… the mustard mixed w/ the white wine vinegar makes a wonderful, tangy dressing. We use it for everything!

  4. postedApr 7, 2010 6:54 AM

    Definitely going to try this one! And we can use raw milk mozz to make it a raw meal. Thanks, Lori!

  5. postedApr 7, 2010 7:12 AM

    Love this combination; switch the lettuce for pasta and the white vinegar for balsamic and you have the makings of my favorite summer dish too!

  6. postedApr 7, 2010 10:59 AM

    So making these! Gotta find the pine nuts though.

  7. postedJul 5, 2013 8:38 AM

    This salad is great! I used kale, red lettuce and iceberg and it was a big hit with my family!

  8. postedDec 1, 2013 8:28 AM

    Is the cheese regular Mozzarella or the raw Mozz? Thanks

    • December 1st, 2013 @ 7:39 PM

      Just regular shredded mozzarella.

  9. postedFeb 25, 2014 12:25 PM

    Why,why,why do people take a well thought out recipe and change so many things out? If the posted recipe caught your attention and sounds good…..then that is a recipe…..if you are changing things out you should have your own recipe sight and post your changed up recipes…..if it aint broke..dont fix it! Nice recipe!!!

  10. postedApr 21, 2014 4:35 PM
    Nancy Long

    I use avocado and some kind of nut and cheese in most all salads I make. Love, love, love! Also, my vinaigrette is similar, sometimes add a touch of honey

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