Avocado Summer Salad

Salads are one of my favourite things to make when summer rolls around! I love using locally grown produce and fresh ingredients to create bright and colourful salads. Today, I am sharing my avocado summer salad with all of you!

Ingredients:

3 ripe avocados cut in cubes

1 ripe mango cut in cubes

½ cup of shredded carrots

1 diced cucumber

1 small diced onion

4 mint leaves chopped for garnish

For the dressing:

Juice of 2 lemons

¼ cup of olive oil

Making Avocado salad:

  1. Cut the avocados, mango, onion and cucumber into small cubes. Add all the chopped ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Add the shredded carrots to the salad mix and toss all the ingredients together.
  3. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad.
  4. Garnish the salad with a few mint leaves for a pop of flavour!

Please give this recipe a try and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Eat healthy and be happy!

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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is an excellent alternative to rice and is easier to cook.  It is much healthier choice as it is high in protein.  

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa

1 cucumber

2 carrots

3 celery stalks

1 orange or red pepper

1 cup boiled chickpeas

1 cup boiled kidney beans

½ cup cranberries

½ cup chopped cilantro

4 cups of water to cook quinoa

¼ cup of homemade vinaigrette

Ingredients for Vinaigrette:

¼ cup olive oil

Juice of 3 lemons

1 ½ tsp of dry basil

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients for vinaigrette in a small jar.  Close the jar and shake it well. Your vinaigrette is ready!

Making Quinoa Salad:

  1. Chop all the vegetables into bite size pieces and put aside.
  2. Boil quinoa in water for 10 min and take off the stove.  Keep it covered and leave it aside for 5 min and fluff it with fork.
  3. Add all the cute vegetables to the quinoa.
  4. Add cilantro and cranberries.
  5. Pour vinaigrette on top and mix well.
  6. Refrigerate for about 2 hours and serve it cold.

You can enjoy this quinoa salad as a snack, as full lunch or as a side with fish or chicken.  

Please try this recipe and if you have any questions or comments please leave it below. Enjoy!

Eat healthy and be happy!!