Friday, February 8, 2013

Avocado Salad





I recently made this delicious salad for a family dinner and it was a BIG HIT. Anything with a recipe containing avocados always catches my eye!! The recipe came, via email, from the California Avocado Commission and they gave credit to the original source as The Cafe' Sucre' Farine. I contacted Chris and asked if she minded if I shared this wonderful recipe, and she was gracious to let me post it. I will definitely be making this fabulous salad again. In fact, we did have it and added some leftover steak to it and made it a meal. If you would like to WOW your guests, I suggest you make this recipe!

Dressing
1/3 cup sugar (I used sugar substitute)
1 1/2 T. poppy seeds
1 1/2 T. sesame seeds
1/2 t. paprika
2 t. dried mustard
1 T. minced onion
1/2 t. sea salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
 
 
Salad
12 oz. baby spinach or field greens
2 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded and sliced
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup candied spiced almonds (see the recipe here) or you could use the candied almonds from Accents. I made Chris's recipe and the candied spiced almonds are WONDERFUL!

Instructions

  1. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a pint sized glass jar and shake well to dissolve sugar.
  2. For the salad, place greens and cilantro leaves in a large bowl. Add avocado and dried cranberries and about 1/4 cup of the dressing and toss gently. Scatter candied almonds over salad and sprinkle lightly with sea salt and pepper. Extra dressing can be passed around, if needed.
         Thanks for visiting my kitchen!  xo






16 comments:

  1. OH YUM!!

    And avacados are remoured to be very good for women's health - so yay for that added bonus to this delicious salad, too, eh?

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Kitty, your salad looks so delicious I'm going to have to make this again very soon myself! Thanks for the kind words and the link.I'm so glad you enjoyed it and adding steak is a fabulous idea!

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  3. That's a pretty salad Kitty and the dressing sounds great, Chris is always cooking up something good! Happy Weekend:@)

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  4. I want this NOW! Looks delish ~

    xo
    Pat

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  5. We love anything with avocado! This looks mouth-watering Kitty!

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  6. Sounds perfect. Enjoying avocado in a salad is just about my favorite way to eat them. YUUUMMM!

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  7. This is a healthy and a beautiful salad, I know I would love this recipe!

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  8. Kitty, that looks delicious! And I love the fact that you mention California avocados. Yesterday I was at the supermarket picking up some organic produce and saw avocados. Didn't have my reading glasses, so I couldn't read the label (I always check to see where produce is from). I asked a woman standing near me if she could read the label for me. They were from Mexico, so I put it back. She asked, Do you really care? Yes, I do.

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  9. Yummy! Love avocados and am so glad they are healthy, LOL! Thanks for sharing this delicious salad recipe, I can't wait to try it.

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  10. Kitty -- that looks heavenly. I LOVE avocados and since they are high in potassium, eat them regularly to ward off leg cramps.

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  11. This dressing sounds wonderful. I'm definitely going to try it. I just found you through The Dedicated House. I'm your newest follower and I'm hoping you'll follow me back. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Gorgeous salad.. love the poppy seeds... please bring it by foodie friday today. Folks will love it.

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  13. That gorgeous salad demands my attention. LOVE avocados! Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Have an enjoyable weekend Friend.

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  14. We love avocados...and spinach, add cranberries and almonds...yummy!

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  15. Kitty, I just love the combination of the avocado and cranberries, that is so yummy!
    Hope you are having a great Valentine weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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