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Avocado Garden Salad

Do you add avocados to your salad?

I occasionally cut one up in chunks and add to any salad I’m making. This time, I was craving something completely new that revolved around the avocado sitting on my counter top.

This was a great side salad. Add more protein to it, like cheese, beans, grilled chicken, salmon, or steak, or tofu, and it will make an amazing main dish salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or more to taste)
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon/lime juice (or more to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder (or more to taste)
  • 1/3 English cucumber, diced, (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1-2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1/8 c finely chopped red onion
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 c baby spinach leaves (or other salad greens)
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped

Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic in a jar. Close with a lid and shake well.

Mix all vegetables in a large bowl. Toss with the dressing. Serve immediately.

Food photography question:

Anyone out there with food photography tips? My secret to good food pictures has been using day light. But now that the sun sets way too early, I have to take my pictures using my kitchen lights and the camera flash–like this one–and it looks terrible! Do you have any tips for an amateur food photographer? If you blog about food, when do you take pictures of your recipes?

Baby updates:

Baby Zayd is doing well. He’s three weeks old now, and I can’t believe that! I’m learning what it takes to get out of the house with a toddler and an infant, and I found it: patience, patience, more patience, and a lot of time! My best time was 1.5 hours! It’s not as easy to be online or write blog posts, but my intention is to have something new at least once a week, probably on Mondays or Tuesdays. I know things will slow down, but that’s going to take some time–and more patience!

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  • farah January 18, 2011, 9:44 am

    i have a salad like this EVERYDAY for lunch! I LOVEEEEE it! the avocados add soooo much and i just loveeeeeeeeeeeee them.. i also add carrots and sliced turkey breast and sometimes roasted almonds. DELISH.

  • The Food Hunter January 18, 2011, 4:03 pm

    I need to eat more avocado and what better way then in a salad.

  • Andrea@Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries January 19, 2011, 12:09 am

    Hey Nour! I just gave you a “Stylish Blogger” Award on my blog! Definitely don’t feel obligated to repost it. I was just happy to link my readers to several blogs I’ve recently discovered and think are great; yours being one of them! šŸ™‚

    P.S. This dish looks amazing as always! šŸ™‚

  • Lauren Slayton January 24, 2011, 7:50 am

    I am an avocado addict. In this salad I think the cilantro and red onion may be the stars though. As for photography please pass along good tips.

  • Nicole, RD January 24, 2011, 2:23 pm

    Congrats on the new baby! And I am having the same issues with photos now that it’s dark so early – don’t know what more to say about that other than it stinks!

    The salad, in day light or not, looks fabulous, however!

  • Ruba January 26, 2011, 4:37 am

    Nour, 7amdillah 3ala essalameh and ya3tiki el3afieh, I saw your photography question and it stayed with me, now I am not sure this is the most PRACTICAL solution for you in the time being, but its cool to keep in mind that its possible, check this post http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/26/how-to-make-a-light-box/
    she is a food blogger and a writer, her husband is the photographer but she just posted this and showed pics of the cooking process before and after, so it might be helpful, lots of love,

    ruba

  • EA-The Spicy RD January 27, 2011, 11:31 am

    This looks lovely. I pretty much ALWAYS add avocados to my salads! I’m going to make your salad and add garbanzo beans to it, plus EXTRA avocado. Congratulations on your baby! As your learning, I’m sure, x2 kids is way different than x1 kiddo šŸ™‚

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