Cretan Avocado and Orange Salad with Olive Oil Dressing

January 21, 2013

Avocado Orange Salad

I first tasted this recipe when I was in Crete for a culinary event organized by the Cretan olive oil company Biolea. I was curious as to why they included avocado in an otherwise traditional Cretan menu. Discussing with the chef Giorgos Makris, he noted that although avocado is not part of the traditional Cretan diet, it has been cultivated in Crete for over 25 years now and they have developed ways and recipes to incorporate it with the rest of the traditional diet.

And they did it very well. Avocado, along with oranges, olive oil, lemon juice and cumin makes a very healthy, Mediterranean and flavorful salad. At first I thought it was too much to add olive oil to the already rich in (good) fat avocado. But surprisingly all the ingredients mingled well to make a fresh tasting salad.

I used Cretan avocados, Spartan oranges (known to be some of the best) from my cousin who owns orange groves there, and olive oil from my families olive groves. For such a simple recipe, good ingredients are important, so try and source local and fresh ingredients when you can.

You don’t need to make a large amount as this salad is filling and yes rich, but it is also extremely healthy. Plenty of the good monounsaturated fats from the olive oil and avocado, vitamin C from the orange and lemon juice and of course fiber.

I chose to cube the avocado and oranges, the small cubes help you get all the flavors together in one bite. And while you are peeling the orange try to leave some the white skin (pith) on, it is a source of antioxidants.

Cretan Avocado and Orange Salad with Olive Oil-Lemon dressing

Yield: 2-3

Cretan Avocado and Orange Salad with Olive Oil-Lemon dressing


  • 1 large avocado peeled and cubed (about 7-8 ounces)
  • 1 large orange peeled and cubed (about 4 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Make the dressing by mixing olive oil, lemon juice cumin, salt and pepper in a small jar or bowl.
  2. Peel and cut avocado and orange. Place in a bowl and mix carefully so as to not mash the avocado.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and blend gently.

Many thanks to Chef Giorgos Makris

Photo by Olive Tomato

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  • Reply γαστρονομία January 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Elena!
    Thank you for that great appetizer! I didn’t know it and I didn’t know that Crete has avocado.
    The combination of avocado and oranges seems to be very tasty. If I understand well you mention that avocado is rich. Can you please explain to me what do you mean? rich in calories, in vitamins?
    Generally, do you think it is good to eat avocado? I am asking because I love it!

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD January 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you! By rich I mean that avocado is high in fat, but the good fat so it makes for a rich (but healthy) tasting fruit.

  • Reply April Armstrong June 17, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Since finding this recipe two weeks ago, I have made it multiple times. It is DELICIOUS!

    • Reply Elena June 22, 2017 at 6:02 am

      Great -Glad you are enjoying it!

  • Reply CzechDaughter October 12, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    wow! i am so happy to find THIS recipe here! I actually thought I created it. Sometimes I use a Texas Ruby Red grapefruit. and, sometimes i add a bit of greens or maybe mint.

  • Reply 5 Epic Mediterranean Salads You'll Love | Olive Tomato September 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    […] also try cutting the avocado and orange in smaller pieces and making a salsa. Click here to get the recipe from my friend and Cretan chef Giorgos […]

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