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.