Monday, July 23, 2012

Guacamole Salad

Horrifying funny story.  I was in Toronto last week for a conference.  I was catching up with some old colleagues of mine (read:  drinking and shouting at volumes unknown to man) until the wee hours of the night.  Me, being the genius that I am, decided I wanted a burger and poutine (a Canadian specialty of french fries slathered in gravy, cheese curds, and ham...yes, that actually exists).  I spotted a place called Hero Burger across the street, but there was a problem.  The street was completely under construction and totally blocked off.  Something get between me and a late night burger...NEVER!  So I scaled the fence and ripped my brand new Ann Taylor skirt... basically in half.  

Moral of the story?  Eat. More. Salad.

Someone got a little loco with avocados this week so I've been putting them into everything.  I make some RANDOM stuff sometimes but this turned out amazing.  You'll find several ingredients in this salad that you'd find in traditional voila!  Guacamole salad bizznotches.

1/2 Head of Radicchio 
1 Head of Romaine 
1/2 Cup of Yellow Cherry Tomatoes 
1 Ripe Avocado, Cut into Chunks
2-3 Tbs of Chopped Cilantro
Juice and zest from 1/2 a lime 
1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder*
1/4 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
1 Teaspoon of Honey
Couple Pinches of Kosher or Sea Salt 

*You'll notice in the pic below that I used a sea salt, roasted garlic, rosemary seasoning.  It's delicious.  So...that's what I used.  However, regular garlic powder, fresh garlic, shallots, or even some chopped white onions would work too. 

Start by making your dressing.  Add the lime zest and juice, garlic powder, olive oil, honey and cilantro.  Now would be a good time to add your salt as well.  Taste and adjust.  If it's a little too tart, just add a bit more olive oil...and vice versa. 

The rest is very easy.  Chop up your lettuce and radicchio, add the tomatoes, the chunks of avocado, and then gently toss all of the ingredients with the dressing.  You want the chunks of avocado to stay whole.  

We willll we willl rock you.  

I will eat healthy any day as long as healthy tastes and looks like this.  Absolutely delicious.

You guys better try this and report back.  You'll be so happy you did.  Stay hungry!


  1. I have most of these ingredients at home, I was thinking of having a chicken salad for dinner. Perfect timing. I will make the dressing, and add it to my salad I have an Avocado too :).
    Thanks for sharing ( now I am hungry)

  2. I made this salad and added in feta cheese, mushrooms, and used a mango vinagerette -- such a yummy summer salad!


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