Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Easy, Healthy, Lettuce-less Salad

This is a super easy, very versatile salad that you can whip up in a few minutes. I really wanted some hearty bites with dinner the other night, and I always have these veggies on hand. You can use other veggies or add different ones (bell pepper, mushrooms, radishes...), but these were my go-to veggies that night.

Start by gathering these ingredients:

1/3 of a cucumber
1 tomato
1 avocado (you can use half, but I LOVE avocado so I used the whole thing!)
1 green onion
a handful of cilantro
1/2 of a lemon OR lime
a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.
salt & pepper to taste
a sprinkle of walnut pieces (this is a key ingredient!)

Chop all of the veggies into bite-sized pieces and toss in a small mixing bowl, except the avocado. When all of the other veggies are mixed together, THEN you can add the avocado, tossing gently. The avocado is so delicate that it could break down if it's mixed to hard. Salt & pepper the veggies to taste. Squeeze the lemon and drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette dressing on top and toss one more time. Pour the salad into your serving bowl and top with walnut pieces. Walnuts are rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Not only are the health benefits awesome, but they pair perfectly with the creamy texture of the avocado. Divine!

This was enough for me to eat with a small portion of dinner because it's so rich with flavor, however, this would be enough for two people to enjoy!

Just look at how beautiful this is!!


  1. This looks amazing... I cant wait to make it! This is one the top of my list to try. Along with almost everything else on your blog.

  2. one=on