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Avocado and Herb Salad




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avocado and herb salad in a white bowl with lemon and parsley

This Avocado and Herb Salad is a delicious example of the new trend in healthy eating ~  fat (the good kind) is back!  There’s no sacrifice involved with decadent avocados and lots of bright fresh herbs, in fact this easy vegan salad deserves a recurring role in your weekly meal plan.

Avocado and herb salad in a white bowl

Want to get your daily dose of superfood in the most delicious form possible?  Try this fresh and creamy avocado and herb salad, it couldn’t be easier to throw together.  It’s hard to believe that something so decadently silky and rich can be so healthy, but it’s true.

The avocado fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) is packed with vitamins and minerals, fiber, and the best kind of fat.  It’s also low carb and full of cancer fighting antioxidants.  If you’re looking to make a few healthy changes in your diet, the avocado should be one of your first stops.

And don’t be scared off by the whole calorie thing…a half an avocado only has about 100 calories (and that’s the good kind of calories, too!)

healthy avocado and herb salad in a white bowl with spoon

This salad should be made right before serving, avocados are notorious for going south soon after they’ve been cut.  You can prep the other ingredients and have them all ready to toss with the avocados to make a very quick job of it.  I always wash and dry my herbs first and then plop them in a mason jar full of water to keep them fresh, then all you have to do is lop off a handful and give them a rough chop.

avocado and herb salad in a white bowl

The nice thing about an avocado salad is that it can be a year ’round treat, avocados are always available in the supermarket thanks to overlapping growing seasons in California and Mexico.

Tips for buying and using avocados~

  • Plan ahead!  The only way to buy avocados, if you ask me, is to buy them firm and let them sit on the counter for a few days.  If you try to grab perfectly ripe ones at the grocery story you’re bound to end up with bruised, mushy, sub par fruit.
  • Use very ripe, soft avocados for applications like guacamole or avocado toast where you’ll be mashing the flesh.  Choose firmer fruit if you want to serve it in neat slices.
  • Store hard or unripe avocados in a paper bag on the counter (not in direct sun) for several days to a week to ripen.
  • If you’ve got a fully ripe avocado that you aren’t ready to use, you can store it in the refrigerator, and this will slow down the ripening.

Serve this avocado and herb salad  for a luncheon or dinner.  I think it would go great with chicken salad summer rolls,  grilled chicken skewers, or Mediterranean sheet pan salmon.  For a vegan meal, serve it with my rainbow summer rolls.


Reader Rave ~

“How light and flavorful! All those herbs really speak to me in this simply wonderful combination. Beautiful too! Go green!!!!”  ~Tricia


 


*recipe lightly adapted from The New York Times

Avocado and Herb Salad
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Category: salad

Cuisine: American

Servings: serves 4

Avocado and herb salad in a white bowl

Avocado and Herb Salad ~ a super easy way to kick your diet back into gear.  There's no sacrifice involved with decadently nutritious avocados and lots of bright fresh herbs, in fact this vegan salad is a delicious example of the new trend in health ~  fat (the good kind) is back!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 ripe but firm avocados
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced (leave out seeds and membrane for a milder heat)
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro, stems removed and rough chopped
  • a large handful of fresh parsley, stems removed and rough chopped
    dressing
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp orange blossom vinegar or your favorite, red or white)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the avocado into thin slices and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Add them to a wide shallow serving bowl along with the green onions, capers, herbs, and jalapeño.
  3. Whisk the dressing together and drizzle over the salad. Serve asap with a fresh grinding of coarse black pepper.

Make this avocado and herb salad your own ~

  • Make it with basil if you don’t care for cilantro.
  • Make it a main course by adding grilled shrimp or thinly sliced grilled steak.
  • Make it with citrus segments or great tomatoes, cut in wedges, either in place of, or in addition to, the avocado.

 

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11 Comments

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    Kelly
    August 14, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    This looks delicious! I love avocados now, though interestingly couldn’t stand them as a kid. I would happily go through bowls of this now!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 20, 2019 at 8:41 am

      The foods that we learn to love over time are always the most powerful, I think. Enjoy!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 14, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Such a great salad! And since it’s the time of year when we can get reliably good avocados, I will definitely be trying this one :)

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    Chris
    August 13, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    This looks clean and simple. I’m going to have for dinner tomorrow with some sliced cilantro lime chicken. Can’t wait! Thanks Sue!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      Clean is a great descriptive for this, thanks Chris :)

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 13, 2018 at 10:35 am

    How light and flavorful! All those herbs really speak to me in this simply wonderful combination. Beautiful too! Go green!!!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      It gives a whole new dimension to the same old ‘green salad’ doesn’t it?

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    Terry
    August 13, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I love most of your recipes! I especially like your explanations and tips. Thanks

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 13, 2018 at 10:13 am

      I’m so glad to hear that Terry, it makes all the work worthwhile :)

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    berni
    August 13, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Oh, I cant’ wait to make this one this week! Thanks!

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    angiesrecipes
    August 13, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Simple yet DIVINE! We eat avocado daily :-)