I recently fell in love with the combination of avocado and strawberries. These two popular ingredients - easy to enjoy on their own - pair quite deliciously together. The bright, perky-sweet flavor of juicy berries bouncing off the cool, tender, oily flesh of the green avocado. I have paired the two in pitas, over top garlic hummus-spread toast, and over top salads. Today I feature them in a salad I obviously really LOVE...
LOVEing Avocado + Strawberries..
Pink Heart. And to showcase the simple beauty of this pairing, I dolled up a salad. This Pink Heart Salad combines berries + cado, over top a fluffy bed of bright pink-toned Micro Red Amaranth. A simple, light, sweet lemon dressing over top, accents of red onion and tomato.
Micro Greens. So soft, silky and perky with flavor - I often crave micro greens. They not only make a dish very visually appealing, but they are loaded with nutrients. I buy mine from Whole Foods or TJs. If you don't have micro greens - a great PINK sub would be grated beets, shredded red cabbage or grated radishes!
I used Micro Arugula in my tofu-topped Spring is in the Air Salad.
Some info from MicroSalad.com: "Micro greens are edible plants that originate from the seeds of herbs, vegetables and other plants. Unlike sprouts, micro greens deliver a wide range of powerful, developed flavors. The concentrated vitamins, nutrients and proteins packed into these tiny plants make them a perfect addition to any healthy diet."
I usually use them as an accent ingredient, but this heart-shaped salad was a fun creation using the power of pink.
So give strawberries + avocado a try! You can try the combo in this recipe, or slice over top your fave salad or open-faced sandwich recipe.
Pink Heart Salad: Strawberries + Avocado
makes 2 salads
2-4 organic strawberries, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 cup red amaranth micro greens (or another veggie base)
1/4 cup tomato, diced
1/4 cup red onion, sliced
optional: for a heartier salad add this salad over top another layer of greens - arugula or spinach would be nice.
simple sweet citrus dressing:
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp agave syrup
1 tsp grape seed oil
black pepper + salt to taste
Arrange: Add a bed of micro greens. Then the avocado and berries. Add the tomato and red onion as accents around the plate. Drizzle everything with dressing and additional pepper.
Posted by Kathy on 7/07/2012