Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Avocado Salad with Strawberries and Blueberries




I was recently contact be Latina Bloggers Connect and Avocados from Mexico to make a special post using avocados. I spent several nights not being able to sleep trying to think of all the different things that I can do and alternatives if they don't work out, but then if occurred to me that I should share with you my favorite avocado salad recipe!

Awhile back, my brother brought over a recipe for avocado salad that he wanted my mom to make for our Sunday get together. It was a simple recipe with avocados, strawberries, and a light dressing. It sounded so odd, I originally didn't think it would be very good but the flavors were wonderful together and my family makes the salad often now!

Over time, I've changed the recipe to fit my tastes which is reflected below. (The original recipe didn't include blueberries and used pistachios instead of pine nuts.) Last time I made this, Joe said, "We should eat this all the time and it's super healthy too." He also thinks strawberries are too sour so he liked that I used blueberries.

Don't be turned off by the avocados and the fruit-- they work together perfect! The buttery creaminess of the avocados are perfectly contrasted with the fruit and the dressing really brings out the sweetness of the fruit. This is a great summer salad that only has a few ingredients, and it is fast and easy to put together. And it's gluten-free for any Celiac or gluten-intolerant readers!

There are four things to remember with this recipe: 1) Use avocados that aren't too ripe or mushy. They need a little firmness. 2) Only use enough dressing to coat the fruit. 3) Don't overmix the salad. If you don't follow any of these three steps, the salad can become mushy and get a really weird and unappetizing look and texture. The forth thing is very important as well: Use enough salt! Taste the salad to check if it has enough salt because it really brings out the flavors of the fruits.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you'd like to check out other recipes with avocados, you can check out Avocados from Mexico's community page with other several avocado recipes as well as submit your own original avocado recipe!


This post was sponsored by Latina Bloggers Connect and Avocados from Mexico. I did receive compensation from this post, but the content and opinions of this post are entirely my own. 









Avocado Salad with Strawberries and Blueberries

Salad:
1 c. fresh strawberries, diced
1 c. fresh blueberries
2 large avocados, diced (make sure that the avocados aren't too ripe, they need a slight firmness to them)
1/4 c. pine nuts, toasted

Dressing: (You won't use all the dressing)
2 1/2 Tbs. lemon juice
3 Tbs. olive oil
3 Tbs. honey
1/4. tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground pepper


Directions:

Whisk all the ingredients of the dressing together in a small bowl.

Place all the salad ingredients in a medium or large bowl, then spoon enough dressing over to coat and toss together gently. Start off by only using a couple tablespoons of dressing, then add more to taste. You don't want to use all the dressing because it will become mushy. The secret to this salad is to add enough salt because it brings out all of the flavors, so taste the salad and add more salt and pepper to your liking.

Let sit for a couple minutes so that the the avocados and the fruit marinate a little bit, then serve immediately. This salad isn't good for leftovers.

Because you don't use all the dressing, you can halve the recipe or save the rest to make again.


8 comments:

  1. I love the combination of fruits and avocados. I need to try this soon. Love your pictures too!!

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    1. Woohoo! Let me know how it turns out! :-)

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  3. I've done almost every fruit with avocado, expect for blueberries. i need to try this immediately! [you should try figs with avocado...yum!!!]

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    1. Oooh, that's a great tip! I love figs!!

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  4. What a beautiful little salad! Great mix of flavors and textures! The pine nuts make it for me. :)

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  5. Gorgeous! Sounds wonderful, the dressing really pulls it all together :)

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