Welcome to Part 3 of our Summer Salad Series!
3. Green Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
I really love salad. I do! I could eat it morning, noon, and night.* <------ Yes that is an *, as in there is a catch to that statement. And it is a BIG catch for me. I never loved salad until I discovered the power of homemade dressings. They taste so much better than the stuff from the bottle and you get the bonus of getting rid of all those yucky preservatives and additives. If you have an amazing dressing, like this Creamy Avocado dressing, you too will LOVE salad! It sure does make it a heck of a lot easier to eat healthy when you feel like salad is one of the tastiest things you have put in your mouth lately!
If you find it here on The Pinning Mama, chances are it is easy and this is no exception! For starters we will make the dressing. You will need 3 ripe avocados. Peel them, remove the seed, dice and place them in a small/medium sized bowl. Add the juice of one lemon, 1/2 – 1 tsp Spice Islands Beau Monde seasoning *the secret ingredient* (you can add more or less to taste), 3 diced green onions, and stir/mash them together until the avocado is fairly smooth. Add 1/4 c olive oil, and 1/4-1/2 c water until the dressing is the a consistency you like. When I use romaine or another hearty green, I like the dressing thicker because it will support it. If I am using a more delicate green like spring mix or spinach, I will make it thinner so it doesn’t weigh down the greens. Once it is mixed, chill it in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours to let the flavors meld.
After you mix the dressing you will want to prepare your salad. I prefer romaine hearts for this salad because its heartiness pairs well with the thicker dressing, but you can use a comparable amount of any green. I usually chop 2-3 romaine hearts depending on the size. You will add 1/2 c freshly grated parmesan cheese, 1 c of croutons (see our amazing homemade crouton recipe here), and 1/2 c cherry tomatoes halved.
Once the dressing is done chilling toss all the ingredients together and enjoy! This is truly a unique and wonderful salad. I also LOVE that you get a creamy dressing without using any mayonnaise sour cream, cheese, or buttermilk!
This is one of my favorite salads! Let us know in the comments what your favorite salad is!
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Green Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
- 2-3 Romaine Hearts chopped
- 1/2 C Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 C Croutons
- 1/2 C Cherry Tomatoes halved
For the dressing:
- 3 Ripe Avocados diced
- 1/2-1 Tsp Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning
- 1 Lemon juiced
- 3 Green Onions diced
- 1/4 C Olive Oil
- 1/4-1/2 C Water
- Mash together avocado and next 3 dressing ingredients in a small/medium sized bowl until avocado is almost smooth. Adding more or less Beau Monde seasoning to taste.
- Slowly add oil and water while mixing until it reaches desired consistency.
- Chill for 1-3 hours
- Combine greens and next 3 ingredients in a large salad bowl.
- After dressing is chilled, toss with salad mixture and serve immediately.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
Remember to check out these yummy homemade croutons! It is a quick and easy way to make your salad over the top delicious while using up old bread at the same time!
And if you need something sweet after your salad you might want to try our Double Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake!
Stay tuned for 3 more great summer salads coming up on The Pinning Mama over the next few weeks!