This is a great time of year to introduce new healthy dishes into our lifestyle. Blood Orange Avocado Salad is both healthy and delicious with so many wonderful ingredients! Macadamia Nut Oil is one of my favorite oils to blend with an 18-year aged Balsamic Vinegar. For this recipe I mixed it with Agave Nectar to provide a clean, crisp appearance showcasing the fresh ingredients. But feel free to skip the sweetener since the nut oil and a good BV provides sufficient flavor. Spinach is great nutritional ingredient for a salad however for this recipe Butter Lettuce is selected. One cup of Butter Lettuce is 5 calories providing about 30% of vitamin A. Sometimes it is nice to change it up a bit!
The star of our salad are the Blood Oranges! They are high in vitamin C and fiber. LiveStrong provides more information on Blood Oranges.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fat; but remember in moderation. For many of us, a third of a medium avocado is sufficient healthy fat in one meal. It provides potassium and about 20 vitamins and minerals. Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fat. They are delicious and people tend to eat the entire avocado and then wonder why they are not losing weight. We can overdo a healthy ingredient.
Our Blood Orange Avocado Salad is topped with slivered almonds. Almonds are good for the heart – just remember to purchase raw almonds – no added salt. They are high in calories so be careful about adding too many. Slivered almonds are a nice way to control the calories. Lastly, dried cranberries top this salad. But be careful, since dried fruit is high in sugar and calories. We add a few for color.
This Blood Orange Avocado Salad recipe was adapted from: Healthiest Meals on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What Meals to Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden. You can find this valuable book at this location.
Blood Orange Avocado Salad with Macadamia Nut Oil Dressing
- Cutting board and knife
- Small bowl
- 2 cups Butter Lettuce washed and leaves torn into pieces
- 1 Ripe Avocado cut into slices
- 1 Blood Orange peeled and separated into segments
- 1/8 cup Almond Slivers
- 1/8 cup Dried Fruit such as Cranberries or Apricots
- 2 tbsp Macadamia Nut Oil
- 1 tsp Agave Nectar / Raw Honey
- Wash and dry the butter lettuce
- Cut the avocado into slices
- Peel the blood oranges
Prepare the salad
- Place Butter Lettuce on a plate and then add the avocado, blood orange segments and top with sliced almonds and dried fruit.
- In a small bowl, mix together macadamia nut oil with sweetener and then drizzle over salad.