My girls are pretty funny about salad, and particularly salad dressing. I have one that use to only use salad as a means to eating the dressing, while the other one just likes plain lettuce. I am more of a dressing gal myself – although I certainly don’t eat salad just to consume the dressing. Everything in moderation…pretty much my goal in life. Of course, usually what really happens in my life is the following: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.
Yep, that’s exactly what’s happened with the market basket that I signed up for. This is no ordinary CSA basket, this is a basket on steroids – but the good kind of steroids, the ones that are organic and healthy. Seriously, is there such a thing?? YES – it comes to my door everything Thursday! I am overwhelmed by the bounty, and every week we are scrambling to come up with ways so that we are not wasting a single bit.
The lettuce parade gets us every week. The problem is that’s my go-to lunch at work. When I have no time for anything else, I can at least grab a salad. Plus, I must say – the salad bars are pretty extensive – you can basically find anything you have ever hoped for – which is not typical of my refrigerator, unless it comes from the basket. So, trying to match the type of salad I get at work is pretty tough – but I have been working at it. I found this recipe for an Avocado Salad Dressing in Cooking Light, and I realized that’s exactly what I need to get through the madness. The dressing was much thicker than I imagined, but it was delicious and creamy. I just love avocado in salads, and this made it even better – it coated every single piece of lettuce, instead of just getting some chunks here and there.
Before getting another basket today, I decided I would bring all the lettuce from last week to work for my lunch. I was on a mission last night to find anything and everything in our refrigerator to make the best salad I could. I found some leftover pork roast, smoked chicken, roasted beets, hard boiled eggs, roasted red peppers, carrots and leftover cauliflower. I must say, it was a salad fit for a queen – but it was missing one key ingredient – that avocado dressing…
- 1/2 cup diced avocado
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1 (5-ounce) package mixed baby greens
Place avocado, cilantro leaves, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and hot sauce in a blender; blend until smooth. Combine radishes, carrots, and mixed greens; drizzle with dressing.
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