Strawberry Avocado Salad

My life alternates between salads and dessert. I am currently in a salad phase. My fridge is stocked with an array of beautiful colors, fresh ingredients, and it brings me joy. Next week may be a dessert week, one can never tell. For this reason, I must always be prepared with a fully stocked pantry. Enough flour, sugar, and butter to make 10 pies. Really, one must always be prepared, but unfortunately this is a concept I struggle with daily. I have the inability to be prepared, unless it involves butter, sugar, and beer. Then, for some reason, I am always prepared. I am the neighbor who you can reliably count on for an extra cup of milk, or 1/4 cup of sugar. A pint of beer or two. 

In the kitchen, I am prepared. In life, a little less. I do insane things like forget to pack water and snacks on hikes. I often forget to eat. I plan multi day trips into the wilderness, and never intend to bring a map. There has been a few unprepared trips, which have led to one too many uncomfortable nights spent lying awake on a park bench. I once decided to buy a puppy, and I really didn't plan for that either.


My life is full of unpreparedness, many uncertainties, and a few irrational decisions. It has all seemed to work out, although I believe it stresses Mr. H to no end. He is a very patient man, indeed. Undoubtedly, I find myself becoming a little irrational and unprepared these days. I spent last week reorganizing the house, scrubbing the patio, labeling shelves, sorting pens. I believe this to be a coping mechanism to deal with my feelings of uncertainty . Yesterday, I watched the Rum Diaries, brilliant movie I might add. It has and now left me longing for tropical beaches and undiscovered land. I can't explain the itch, but I've had it for as long as I can remember. The feeling that I always need to be moving. Not forward, nor backward, just somewhere else, le sigh.

Mr. H loves his job to pieces, for this reason we will stay put. I also love my job to pieces, but am quite fortunate in that my work can travel with me, and has the ability to become significantly more exciting in a foreign land. In the mean time, I will eat healthy, make beautiful salads, and take care of my puppy. I will try to become a little more prepared in life. I will promise to clean out the lint drier, because I realize it has the potential to burn down the house. I will also stop placing items in front of the heater vent, because this too could also burn down the house. 

In a life filled with unpreparedness, it is a blessing to live above a grocery store. I remind myself of this often, especially when the desire to move somewhere different creeps up. People often ask me how I come up with the recipes on my blog, and what inspires me to make each recipe. Honestly, I wake up in the morning, pick an ingredient that inspires me that day, and go from there. This morning it was strawberries and salad. I decided on some soft buttery spinach, creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, with a sweet citrus dressing. It was a beautiful salad, one that I will gladly create again. 

STRAWBERRY AVOCADO SALAD RECIPE
makes 4 salads

INGREDIENTS
4 cups baby spinach
1 avocado, diced
2 cups strawberries, halved
2 - 3 shallots, sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
cracked pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds

In a large serving bowl, add the spinach and top with avocado, strawberries, and shallots.

In a small jar with a lid, combine the olive oil, lime juice, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Cover and shake.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad, and sprinkle on the almonds.


17 comments:

  1. I always go through a similar phase, but not a dessert phase, I'm more of a bread girl but this salad sounds great, I never thought that strawberries and avocado worked together

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  2. Sometimes my day just doesn't feel complete until I've had a slice or two of bread ;)

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  3. This is such a gorgeous combination of colors! Looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you very much Cathleen.

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    2. I love the your photography! It really does look delicious!

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  4. What a wonderful looking salad, so pretty and colourful :-)
    You live above a grocery store? That's awesome, I've always wanted to live about a grocery store, or a restaurant.

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    1. Ya, It's amazing and dangerous at the same time.

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  5. Wow! So delicious looking salad. I really love salads. Better try this one out. :)

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    1. Thank you. Let me know how it goes.

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  6. My roommate went to the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City last weekend and brought back a flat of strawberries. I was looking for ways to eat them other than strawberry shortcake and your recipe came up on pinterest. Making it for our cookout tomorrow before the ball game. Can't wait!

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    1. yay. I'm so excited. Hope it's a success!

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  7. Made this on St. Patty's Day and loved it! Plus, it's so beautiful. Thanks for the great recipe. Gorgeous photos, as well.

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  8. Anonymous10 June, 2012

    I think what your referring to is wanderlust. I get it from time to time. Although, I don't usually get to act upon these feelings. I was never cut out to be the Donna Reid type. I wanted to go to be, to have fun with my kid's.I have enough job security to last way past I'm gone.

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  9. This recipe looks so healthy and delicious! Can't wait to make it!

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  10. I was making this a couple weeks ago for my family that came to visit from NY and my husband was skeptical as he was watching me prepare it... Ha I proved him wrong. He raves on and on about this salad. Thank you Heather for this scrumptious salad!

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  11. Kindred soul - exactly my way of eating: salads or desserts. Well maybe a little steak in between with a glass of red wine - but mostly the above :-)

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