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 community cookbooks, this has since become a classic family favorite.

It’s a simple salad with a short list of ingredients.  The dressing is tangy and and delicious!

Avocado Pine Nut Salad recipe from RecipeGirl.com

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.

Avocado Pine Nut Salad recipe from RecipeGirl.com

This has been my family’s favorite salad recipe for years and years. Every family gathering we have, this salad makes an appearance!  And every event you bring it to, everyone will ask you for the recipe!

Tip:  to quickly toast the pine nuts, just put them in a small fry pan over medium heat.  Watch them closely, and use a wooden spoon to move them around until they are lightly toasted.  Be careful- they’ll burn if you don’t tend to them!  Pour them onto a paper towel to cool before adding them to your salad.

Yield: 8 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Avocado Pine Nut Salad



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


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


  1. Place dressing ingredients in shaker jar. Shake well (or whisk in a bowl) and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Add salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss with the chilled dressing (add a little at a time until you have used a desired amount).
  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: 179, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Fiber: 6.25g, Protein: 5g, Cholesterol: 2.5mg, Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS per serving:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 4, Points Plus Program: 5, Old Points Program: 5.5
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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15 Responses to “Avocado Pine Nut Salad”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. postedApr 7, 2010 6:48 AM

    I like everything about this recipe!

  4. postedApr 7, 2010 6:49 AM

    Except for the mustard… this looks wonderful!

    • postedApr 7, 2010 7:40 AM

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

  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

    • postedDec 1, 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

  11. postedJan 8, 2018 4:39 AM

    That sounds so good. I’m a huge fan of both avocados and pine nuts, so I know I’d love it! Thanks for the shout-out for my baby arugula salad.

  12. postedFeb 2, 2018 11:07 AM

    I love a salad, this looks spectacular!

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