Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A salad for people who don’t like salads

I’m not a big fan of salad.

I realize that this is quite unfortunate (and ironic) for a person who has spent several years of her life as a vegetarian.

But I have recently discovered a salad that I not only will eat, but also look forward to eating. And, consequently, I feel it is my duty to share this recipe in the interest of improving the health of anti-salad folk everywhere. It’s called Sunny Avocado Citrus Salad, and if you like avocado, grapefruit or oranges, and onions, then read on.

If, however, the mere mention of the aforementioned ingredients makes you want to toss your cookies, then you should probably bow out now...

This recipe hails from a weekly coupon packet that is delivered to our home from our local grocer. I followed it verbatim, (save for the grapefruit, which I’ll explain a little later in this post). The thing that distinguishes this salad from most others is that it’s just…different. The honey lends a sweetness that nicely compliments the heat of the jalapeno peppers, and, similarly, the avocado gels with the red onion. This salad is just plain good. Honestly, it is unlike any that I have ever tasted.

Here’s what you do:

1 cup cucumber, julienned
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 large grapefruit, sectioned (juice reserved)*
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. honey
4 ½ tsp. jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
¼ tsp. salt
2 avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
4–8 Romaine lettuce leaves, chopped (depending on size of salad desired)
*As soon as I returned home from the market with all of my ingredients, only then did I realize that I had neglected to buy a grapefruit. (Dammit!) So I used the next best thing: about five or so of Scotty’s Halo tangerines.

Combine cucumber and onion in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons grapefruit (or tangerine) juice, oil, honey, peppers and salt until well blended. Pour mixture over cucumber and onions and toss. Add grapefruit and avocado and gently toss again. Divide chopped Romaine lettuce evenly on 4 plates. Top each with an equal portion of salad mixture. Refrigerate any leftovers. Serves 4. Or, if you literally inhale this salad like I do, then it will only serve one.

Let me know what you think, should you make this. I’d love to know…

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21 comments:

  1. I actually love eating salads! You can put just about anything in them! Thanks for this recipe Courtney, I'm going to pin it for later.

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    1. Ugh. Louida, good for you-- I wish I could say the same about loving salads. I'm just not that girl. Now, sauteed spinach or, say, brussel sprouts? I will be all over that like a cheap suit!

      Thank you for commenting!

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  2. Yum this looks so good! I like salads every once in awhile. But lately I have been enjoying chopped salads

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    1. Hey, Amanda! What do you put into your chopped salads? I'm curious...I'm always on the hunt for something that will magically transform me and make me into a someone who will choose a salad over, say, a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

      That will probably never happen, but I can dream. ;-/

      Thank you for commenting!

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  3. Oh Courtney, my mouth is watering! I heart salads!! How in the world did you make it as a vegetarian and not like salads?! Maybe this is opening a whole new door for you....a salad loving door!

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    1. "A salad loving door."

      Susie, is there such a thing? I am more used to opening a Sweedish Fish-loving door, or, say, a French fries-and-mayonnaise-loving door. lol

      It was actually quite easy being a vegetarian w/o eating salad. I mean, I did eat a few here and there. The problem was that I was never able to commit to eating them regularly because I tired of them easily. My staples were quinoa, granola, couscous, nuts, fruit -- a TON of fruit. I got by just fine.

      But try this salad, Susie! You won't be sorry! Thank you for commenting!

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  4. So I am going to go out specially for these ingredients this weekend and just chow down!!!! Mmmmmm, it is OK that I eat this all for myself right? ;)

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    1. Are you kidding me, Ray? It is recommended that you eat it all by yourself. Tell The Hubs and your daughters: "This is Mommy's food. Do NOT test me unless you are interested in drawing back a nub." lol

      Let me know what you think after you've made it. I need to know!

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  5. Okay I just ate and now I'm hungry again o_O this looks so yummy! I'll make this for sure...I can't imagine not liking salad lol

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    1. Cookie, as great as this looks, it tastes even better!

      Please, PLEASE try it for yourself and tell me what you think! <3

      You say you can't imagine not liking salad? We're like two sides of the same coin because I can't imaging LIKING it! lol

      I hope to get to your level someday...

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  6. Yessss this looks delicious!!! Pinning and will be making soon for sure! xo

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    1. Hi, Sara! Thank you for reminding me!! I forgot to pin it to MY own Pinterest page this morning! Ooooops.

      Thank you for commenting...and let me know what you think after you've made it!

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  7. This is a salad I can totally get behind. Well, maybe not the grapefruit because I have a weird vegetable/fruit mixing aversion. But I'm seriously in love with Avocados. I could eat them all day, every day. And I hope that doesn't make me sound really, really weird.

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    1. Nope. I'm not weirded out one single solitary bit about your affinity for avocado. Hell, I ate them morning, noon, and night, while pregnant with Scotty, and love them just as much today...

      But, please, do reconsider on the grapefruit. I totally get the no-mixing fruit and veggies thing. I get it. I do. But the acidity and sweetness of the citrus blends SO WELL with the jalepeno.

      You mustn't miss out on this splendor.

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  8. Hi Courtney, your salad looks amazing. I have nominated you for an award! I do hope you accept as I like you blog!
    http://julieslifestyle.blogspot.com/2014/05/i-have-received-award.html
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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    1. Okay, Julie, I am majorly humbled by this. THANK YOU.

      But, and I am not happy to have to say this, I'm going to pass at this time, only because I recently accepted The Liebster myself! (I have The Liebster badge on the right side of this page, which leads to the post I wrote about it.)

      I am so glad and grateful that we have connected, though! I've become a follower of your blog via Google Friends Connect, and have also begun following you on Twitter and Pinterest.

      Again, thank you so much, Julie. Let's stay connected!

      xo

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  9. Girl, there's nothing I love more than salad especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Now I can tell you I was never a fan of avocado until I had my son. For some reason I tasted it and wondered why I never liked it, so I do include that in my salads now. I love fruit in salad too, strawberries or mandarin oranges. The more I can put in a salad, the better.

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    1. Hey, Angela! I do agree with you there: I do tend to enjoy a salad more if it has everything but the kitchen sink in it, and avocado always makes a salad taste better, in my opinion!

      And speaking of avocados and pregnancy, I practically lived on them during the first and second trimesters when I was carrying Scotty, which I believe is why he loves them as much as I do! :-)

      Thank you for commenting!

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  10. I love avocado and this looks amazing...sans the grapefruit. I totally would have subbed Halo's too! I am pinning this...as Spring is salad time...gotta get in a bathing suit soon.

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    1. Yes, do try it with the Halo's which are even sweeter than grapefruit, so this is a definite case where I think the substitute is better than the original...

      As for bathing suit season, sigh, it has already begun here...in a way: Scotty's latest round of swim lessons began a few weeks ago, so I'm already in my bathing suit. The class stipulates that a parent must accompany their child in the pool at all times.

      I am not happy about this.

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  11. I love salad and I love avocado! I have to switch it up so I don't get sick of them so I will have to try this. Grapefruit, avocado, peppers! You have so many delicious ingredients in this! I bought a salad spinner because I hate wet lettuce and it has motivated me to make salads because it's so easy. Great photo!

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