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Strawberry Avocado Tomato Salad

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Strawberry Avocado Tomato Salad

Strawberry avocado tomato salad is a delicious option while losing weight for lunch or dinner.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • Approx. 25 grape or cherry tomatoes, vine-ripened if possible (about 285 grams)
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries (1 container)
  • 1 large avocado, ripe
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint (loosely packed)
  • 2 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

SALAD DRESSING: 

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or 1-2 cloves garlic)
  • 1 tsp liquid honey
  • Salt + pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Wash and dry strawberries, tomatoes, and fresh herbs.
  • Remove stems from strawberries, and slice into quarters. Slice tomatoes into halves. Place into a large bowl.
  • Shred mint and basil, add to large bowl.
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a small glass jar or container with a lid, shake well. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Pour dressing over salad ingredients. Slice avocado and add to salad along with hemp seeds. Toss all ingredients well.
  • Garnish with feta cheese crumbles and almonds
  • Serve immediately or keep in the fridge. Best served cold!

TIPS: 

*If you can, I would strongly suggest getting VINE-RIPENED tomatoes…it makes all the difference in the flavor. 

*If making salad in advance, I would suggest adding the avocado just before serving to prevent browning.

*Number of servings will vary depending on how hungry you are. Recipe can easily be increased!

NOTES:

  • This salad is best served immediately 
  • The dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance.
  • I like to buy a block of feta cheese and crumble it myself, I think it tastes much better than pre-crumbled feta cheese which often contains anti-caking agents and other preservatives.
  • I buy a bag of toasted sliced almonds for this recipe. You can toast your own almonds by placing them on foil in the toaster oven for 2-3 minutes on the toast setting, or by toasting them in a dry pan on the stove. Watch carefully so that your nuts don’t burn.

VARIATIONS: 

  • Fruit: Try raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples or pears instead of strawberries.
  • Greens: Use baby kale or arugula instead of spinach.
  • Nuts: This recipe is also great with pecans, walnuts or pine nuts. You can even use candied pecans for a sweet finish!
  • Cheese: While I love this salad with feta, it also works well with goat cheese or blue cheese.

NUTRITION FACTS: 

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g| Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g 

 

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