Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than with a fresh hearty salad? My salad was inspired by a very fun and tasty blog I like to frequent.
Platanos, mangoes and me has beautiful pictures of food she makes herself. I was inspired by an avocado and tomato salad she featured recently. One thing that irritates me about some recipe books is that most don’t provide you with pictures. Everyone knows that hungry people like myself are very visual and truthfully the pictures on platanos, mangoes and me had me visualizing the salad in my head all week.
So I couldn’t resist and went to my local supermarket and picked up 3 plum tomatoes $.98, 3 Hass avocados (one for the salad, one for my hair, and one for the next salad) @1.00 each and the rest I had at home like the red onions, olive oil, vinegar, Kosher salt and cucumber. The post where I got inspired to do this salad did not have cucumbers but since I had a little piece left in the fridge I just added it to the salad.
This was accompanied by my favorite yet simple rice, a “Locrio de chuleta”, basically a mixed rice with pork chops. This was such a tasty and satisfying salad. I’m not much of a leaf person so this felt very hearty to me, the creamy avocado, crunchy cucumbers and juicy tomatoes… it was simply divine. Even the picture looks great the colors just call out to me.
The ingredients are rather simple just vinegar or fresh lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. I just put a capful of this and a swirl of that and I’m good to go. Trying to incorporate at least one fresh uncooked meal or dish a day can be simple. My taste buds are very picky but I’m trying to adjust them to fresh natural foods on a regular basis. Now that the weather is warmer this is a great light dish, but at the same time very satisfying so you are not left hungry either. Even with pizza this salad would have been great. Point is incorporating something very healthy with something you love. That way you can help your taste buds adjust without depriving yourself at the same time.
Avocados are very healthy with a variety of health benefits such as helping lower cholesterol, prostate, and heart issues. Avocados are rich in Vitamin E, K, A, B complexes as well as minerals such as copper, iron, zinc and many more. Tomatoes also contain zinc, copper, and like avocados, are high in potassium and also vitamins C, E, K amongst other beneficial vitamins that are vital for the immune system, nervous system, anemia and many other dis-eases. Red onions raw, are truly my favorite and are also very beneficial for your health and are known to aid against bacteria and respiratory problems.
This was very simple to make and just simply refreshing and enjoyable. Most of the time we consume over cooked, boxed, processed foods and forget how fresh a simple salad can taste. I’m surely heading back to that blog and see what other pictures end up lingering in my mind….