I was hoping Rawfully Organic was going to provide me with local produce. I know they try when it is possible. Rob and I had been pining a few local treats before we even arrived. The first one: avocado. Avocados are quite expensive in Canada, but upon our first week here we were greeted with a warm welcome. Avocados: 4 for $1.
The nice thing about my Rawfully Organic share was that I wasn’t saddled with uncommon ingredients. With so many greens, I knew salads were in order, though. Luck would have it that I was tempted by Gena’s berry and avocado salad at the same time. Coincidentally, I had all the ingredients and then some. I tried it her way, with hemp seeds, then with almonds and when I finally got around to photographing it, I used pumpkin seeds. I used sweet strawberries, paired with creamy avocado and a sweet citrus dressing. Since the oranges we got in our share were “juicing oranges” (Valencia, aka sweet Texan oranges!!), I figured a dressing was a good way to capitalize on their sweet juiciness. Since, yes, I left my juicer at home. No homemade juice on the horizon yet. It may seem fiddly to also add lemon juice, but it balanced the dressing nicely.
Any nut or seed would work for crunch – as I said, I have made this with almonds, hemp and the pumpkin seeds (a mix of almond and hemp was my favourite). Any berry would work well here. Pick your favourite.
With all these salads that I have been making, I am kind of sad I left my big plates and big bowls in Canada. I want more greens but don’t have a serving plate big enough!
Other fruity salads you may enjoy:
Strawberry & Avocado Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette
Adapted from Choosing Raw
4 cups leafy greens
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 avocado, chopped
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (or hemp seeds and almonds)
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
1 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp maple syrup
pinch salt, to taste
1. Make dressing by combining oil, orange juice, lemon juice, maple syrup and salt in a small bowl.
2. In 2 bowls, divide greens. Top with strawberries, avocado, and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with dressing, to taste.