Tradie’s Lunchbox – Spicy Chorizo, Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad

tradie's lunchbox spicy chorizo salad

This Spicy Chorizo, Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad recipe is one of my favourite recipes so far for Tradie’s Lunchbox. It’s a hearty vegetable salad that keeps beautifully. If you want to add some carbs, add a crusty bread roll. Alternatively, you can use this salad in a wrap or use it in a burrito. Just change the chorizo to mince or crumbed chicken. Or even keep the chorizo for extra protein and ‘spice’.

tradie's lunchbox spicy chorizo salad

I have had one fail with a recipe last week that looked fantastic when taken from the oven, but didn’t taste so good on its own. It was ideal for a tradie’s lunchbox but the taste was quite bland. And lunch is an important meal of the day. Why waste it eating food that doesn’t taste nice?

The Idea Behind Tradie’s Lunchbox

Nevertheless, I’m enjoying creating these recipes because it’s helped me have a healthy and filling lunch. I was notorious for munching on chocolate or a muesli bar for lunch to keep going so I could maximize Phoebe’s nap time to get work done. I also know that buying lunch each day can be a drain on your finances.

tradie's lunchbox chorizo salad ingredients

Every week when I create these recipes, I test them in lunchboxes and my fridge to make sure they can be made ahead of time, and won’t go soggy and limp if kept in the fridge or in an insulated cooler bag/esky.

spicy chorizo salad tradie's lunchbox

This recipe works well because the lime juice keeps the avocado green and adds a delicious dressing to the salad itself.

tradie's lunchbox chorizo salad ingredients

Most of these recipes can be made to feed a crowd, but they taste just as good individually portioned to make filling a lunchbox easier.

tradie's lunchbox chorizo salad ingredients

You will notice I ‘caramelized’ the spicy chorizo in one of the photos. Pan fry the chorizo to your liking. I ate it both lightly pan fried and shall we say ‘well done’. Both tasted sensational.

Serves 2

Tradie’s Lunchbox – Spicy Chorizo, Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad

10 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

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  • 1 lime
  • 1 Sprig of coriander, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 firm, but ripe avocado
  • 200gm cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced
  • 1 spicy chorizo sausage
  • 1/4 teaspoon rice bran oil


  1. Slice the chorizo and lightly pan fry in rice bran oil, 1 minute each side - or as brown as you like. Remove excess oil by laying each piece on paper towel.
  2. Cube avocado and mix it with the tomatoes, corn, onion, coriander and minced garlic.
  3. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the salad. Leave one half (or quarter) to garnish the salad for extra dressing.
  4. Layer the pan fried spicy chorizo on top


Pan fry chorizo to your liking.