Green on Green Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 7, 2012

in chicken/turkey, simple recipe, South Beach Diet, vegetables

I’m not usually one to post a salad recipe because, really, a salad isn’t a recipe. It’s a bunch of green stuff thrown in a bowl, usually topped with a bunch of stuff to make it sort of unhealthy, and then topped with more stuff to make it even unhealthier.

I tend to think that a salad post can be a bit of a cop-out. “Hey, look at this green stuff I threw in a bowl!” But honestly, I think many of us can agree that the dressing on a salad is what can make or break a meal. A great salad with a mediocre dressing can just be well, mediocre. However, a bunch of greens with a stellar dressing can be ridiculously delicious.

green on green salad

In an attempt to duplicate a favorite restaurant salad without breaking the calorie bank, I came up with this combination:

  • One head butter (bibb) lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Baby spinach
  • 1/2 granny smith apple, diced
  • 1/2 bosc pear, diced
  • 2″ piece jicama, grated
  • 2 ounces crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/2 chicken breast, diced
  • Creamy avocado dressing (recipe to follow)

The lettuce and spinach were slightly bitter, the fruit tart and crunchy, the jicama sweet, and the bleu cheese tangy, all brought together by the creaminess of this delicious dressing. Feel free to substitute the dairy milk for your favorite non-dairy milk to make it vegan.

Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing

Cook Time: none

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 small avocados
  • 1/2 cup lowfat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Instructions

Peel and pit the avocados.

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Use on your favorite salad, or place in a jar and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

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green on green salad
Now do you understand the “green on green” title? Green lettuce, green apple, green pear, and lovely creamy green dressing.
I’m loving these meal salads… I guess salad posts aren’t a cop out after all!
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Dinner at Christina's May 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Yum, this looks delicious, Mara!! I just bought 3 avocados yesterday and had half of one on my dinner tonight. I ALWAYS think of you when I buy avocados b/c you never fail to feature perfectly ripe avocado, perfectly cut and fanned out in your photos. haha Meanwhile, mine always get brown spots and are all mauled by the time I get them on my plate :P
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Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat May 7, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Yum that dressing sounds delish- I am definitely trying it!

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Corrine Osborn May 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

i aimlessly came across your site in bing…very cool!
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Biz May 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Definitely putting avocados on my next grocery list! :D Looks delicious!
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Susan Bewley May 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM

This looks so delicious! I had something like this years ago at a Mediterranean restaurant and it tasted so good! Will have to make this so my husband can try it :)
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