Best Salad Recipes – Strawberry Avocado Salad

strawberry-avocado-salad-recipeI love salads for meals, especially in the summer.  The problem is being a mid-western meat and potatoes guy I get bored with salads really fast!  I decided to start experimenting a bit looking for the best salad recipes and came across a Strawberry Avocado Salad Recipe that I love!

We all love strawberries for their sweetness and aroma that just seems to scream “summertime,” but they have some great nutritional value as well.  Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin-c and other antioxidants which we all know are important to good health. Antioxidants are the scavengers of the body that help combat free radicals.

While some people may prefer other berries, I haven’t known anyone who doesn’t love avocado! Here in Southern California you can virtually walk around any neighborhood and see avocado trees growing in neighbor’s yards!

Avocados provide your body with the healthy fats it needs, and similar to olive oil, they can boost levels of HDL or good cholesterol.  They also happen to be a great source of powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients including carotenoids.

Here’s an easy to make Strawberry Avocado Salad Recipe… hopefully it will become one of your best salad recipes too!

You’ll need to grab a couple staples from your pantry first.  I like really simple dressings to as not to distract from the fruits and vegetables.  For the dressing you’ll need:

1 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

3-4 teaspoons honey

Mix or whisk these together and set aside. Like all my healthy recipes I also like to make them as simple as possible, so  I like to mix up my dressings in a tiny 1 cup Ziploc or Tupperware bowl.  Then I just pop the lid on and shake together.  If you have any leftover is easy to store and saves on doing extra dishes.

For the salad:

Grab about 2 cups of mixed greens

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced into cubes

About 10 fresh strawberries sliced

½ Almonds or raw nut of your choice.

Toss the salad ingredients together in a bowl and top with dressing. A little crumble of feta cheese is great on top as well.  This recipe makes about 2 servings.  It also holds up well if made in advance as the lemon juice in the dressing keeps the avocados from turning brown. The best salad recipes don’t have to be complicated!