Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Strawberries are in season! This Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette is a light, refreshing spring salad that works as a tasty, beautiful side dish to just about any pasta or protein main course!  
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Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

This salad is made with tender butter leaf lettuce, fresh strawberries, ripe avocados, creamy feta or goat cheese, a hint of mint and dressed with a quick homemade lemon poppyseed vinaigrette! Of course, I always encourage the use organic strawberries, strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the US.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

This dressing is thick and creamy and whips up in the blender in less than 60 seconds! I always recommend using a great quality, heart healthy, organic extra virgin olive. I use Organic Olive Oil from La Tourangelle. You can buy direct from La Tourangelle or on Amazon.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

This fresh, light, healthy salad will be a hit at meals, parties and picnics all spring and summer.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

The Recipe: Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Tips and what you will need: When using so few ingredients it is important to make sure those ingredients are great quality. Be sure to use fresh squeezed lemon juice, organic strawberries, your favorite raw honey and an excellent organic, extra virgin olive oil. I use Organic Olive Oil from La Tourangelle. You can buy direct from La Tourangelle or on Amazon.You will need a good blender. I love my refurbished Blendtec! This recipe is gluten and grain free.

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Strawberry Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette
 
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A delicious light healthy salad made with tender butter leaf lettuce and sweet strawberries!
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • The Salad:
  • 1½ heads butter leaf lettuce (or your favorite baby greens)
  • 1 pint organic strawberries, washed, stems removed and quartered
  • 14/ cup roughly chopped mint leaves
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 2 firm ripe avocados, diced
  • ½ cup crumbled feta or soft goat cheese
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • Lemon Poppyseed Dressing:
  • zest of one small lemon
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • sea salt, pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ T poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Assemble ingredients for salad on a platter.
  2. Dressing:
  3. Squeeze lemon juice into blender.
  4. Add honey, sea salt and pepper.
  5. Blend.
  6. Drizzle olive oil into blender very slowly.
  7. When dressing has emulsified (about 60 seconds) turn off blender.
  8. Pour dressing into mason jar. Add poppy seeds. Shake.
  9. Dress lightly and toss. Serve

 

More Berry Recipes:

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A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

Hola amigos.

I am a big fan of Cinco de Mayo. It’s quite the big event in California. All the Mexican Restaurants have celebrations, people have parties in their homes, and of course everyone eats Mexican food. I published some of my favorite Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo in 2014 but since then I have posted many more recipes from South of the Border. So here is an updated Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!
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A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

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Chicken:

A great way to start any Cinco de Mayo celebration is with a tender, juicy roasted chicken. I recommend making this Amazingly Easy Roasted Chicken with Honey Lemon Glaze and then shredding the meat for use in tacos, salads etc!

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But if El Pollo Loco style chicken is more your jam, then try this Spicy Lime Chicken made in the broiler! Seasoned with herbs and spices, drizzled with lime and topped with my mucho mango salsa, it’s delicious. 

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

Beef:

This Grilled Skirt Steak with Veggies and Guacamole dish is a delicious complete meal and very budget friendly. Skirt steak is a very inexpensive cut of beef, of course you could always make this recipe with filet mignon too….just sayin’…

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

Fish: Halibut, Salmon and Fish Tacos!

Protein packed and antioxidant rich, this flavorful. spicy Pistachio Crusted Halibut with Roasted Red Pepper Salsa served atop rice is always a hit! If salmon is more your style try this Salmon with Spicy Mango Salsa. If you like both, then my  Fresh Fish Tacos fit the bill!

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

Pulled Pork:

I have included two pulled pork taco recipes in this collection: Traditional Pulled Pork Tacos and pulled pork taco bites. The traditional pulled pork tacos are served on your choice of tortilla, the taco bites are served on a butternut squash ‘tortilla’! Great for those of you watching your carbs!

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

  

Sides and Salads:

These Roasted Mexican Potatoes with Cilantro Gremolata are fabulous to serve alongside any Mexican main course! Serve with the skirt steak or chicken dishes above for a meal that is muy rico!

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

The Chopped Mexican Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing is loaded with veggies and beans and dressed with a beautiful creamy avocado dressing! 

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo! If you are looking for a lighter salad then give this Greens with Mangos and Citrus Vinaigrette a try. So simple, sweet and colorful.

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

 Mexican Street Corn is always a great side dish choice! Grilled, slathered with butter, sprinkled with sea salt, cotija cheese and cilantro and then drizzled with lime…yum!

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Tacos for Those Watching Their Carbs:

These fabulous little tacos are served on a jicama shell. Perfectly crispy and grain free! For more grain/dairy free Mexican food recipes…click!

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

And for The Vegetarian: 

These Sweet Potato Tacos are filling and delicious and if you are feeling ambitious you can even make the grain free tortillas by hand! Serve with a side of Mexican Street Corn!

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

Caramelized Veggie Quesadillas, Salsas and Guacamole:

No Cinco de Mayo Party is complete without some melted cheese! Caramelized Veggies Quesadillas with Salsas and Guacamole are to die for!

A Collection of Recipes for Cinco De Mayo!

More Cinco De Mayo Recipes:

Just in case the recipes above aren’t enough for you, I have a few more suggestions!

Paleo and Whole 30 Compliant Cinco de Mayo
White Girl Huevos Rancheros
Lime Chipotle Corn Off the Cob

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Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

The Whole 30/Paleo lifestyle is a great way to feel better, tame your sugar addiction, figure out what foods trigger inflammation, hormonal disruption, emotional eating, weight gain and mood swings. No doubt about it, this lifestyle great way to find out what ails you. That said, it is a bit restrictive and can make holiday parties a little tough to take.

Luckily on Cinco de Mayo you will have lots of delicious Whole 30/Paleo compliant options! Here are a few of my favorites. In fact these are all so good, your guests won’t even realize they aren’t eating grains, dairy or sugar!

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

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Chicken:

A great way to start any Cinco de Mayo celebration is with a tender, juicy roasted chicken. I recommend roasting this Roasted Garlic lemon Chicken with Shallots, then shredding the meat and shallots for use in tacos, salads etc!

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

If El Pollo Loco style chicken is more your jam, then try this Spicy Lime Chicken made in the broiler! Seasoned with herbs and spices, drizzled with lime and topped with my mucho mango salsa, it’s delicious. 

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Beef:

Leave the corn out of this tasty Grilled Skirt Steak with Veggies and Guacamole dish and you have a complete Whole 30/paleo compliant meal!

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

Fish:

This Salmon with Mango Salsa is an amazingly colorful, spicy treat…honestly…who is on a restrictive food program?

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

 

Salads and Side Dishes

The four amazing main courses above need an equally impressive accompaniment! Greens with Mangos and Citrus Vinaigrette is a perfect go to! 

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

As far as side dishes go it doesn’t get better then Roasted Mexican Potatoes with Cilantro Gremolata. Who is going to miss the rice and beans? No one, that’s who.

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

Tacos with Grain Free Tortillas! 

I have two grain free tortilla options for you, of course you can always utilize the good old fashioned lettuce wrap, but Jicama Tacos are great option because they are crispy like a corn tortilla!

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

And these Pulled Pork Taco Bites make a great appetizer or main course. Made with pork from the crock pot or Instant Pot that just falls apart and the ‘shells’ are butternut squash. Believe me, these are so flavorful you won’t miss the tortilla!

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

 

Salsas and Guacamole!

Follow this link to get my salsa and guacamole recipes…but don’t get distracted by that quesadilla recipe…it’s not on the plan…sowwy.

Whole 30/Paleo Compliant Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

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Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts

I just can’t seem to stay away from berries these days…or lemons for that matter. Put the two together and I am one happy camper! Aren’t these Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts just cheery? And trust me when I say they are delicious too. If you are intimidated by the thought of making a tart, don’t be, they are actually very easy to make.
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Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts

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The Dough: 

I start with a lemon shortbread crust that takes less than ten minutes to make. This shortbread is light and lemony and makes a sturdy crust for the tart. Once the dough is combined, just use your fingers to press into the tart pans, then bake. The tart pans are non stick and the bottom pops out so you can lift the tart right out of the pan without worrying about breaking the crust! If you would like to make this recipe gluten/grain free I recommend using an amazing flour made from the yuca root. It’s called  Otto’s Cassava Flour (affiliate link) and it tastes, behaves and bakes the most like all purpose flour of any gluten/grain free flour I have used. 

Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts

The Filling and Toppings:

After the lemon shortbread crust cools, you fill with a mixture of mascarpone cheese and lemon curd, then top with berries. That is it! Simple right? Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar and you have a delicious dessert perfect for sharing.

Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts

Whether you choose to top with antioxidant rich blueberries…

Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts

…sweet, ripe strawberries…

Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts

…or luscious raspberries, these tarts will be scrumptious!

Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts

 

The Recipe: Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts

What you will need: Non stick 4.75″ tart pans with removable bottoms. Mascarpone cheese is usually found in the grocery store near the cream cheese. In fact Mascarpone is very similar to cream cheese, but has is smoother and creamier consistency and an Italian accent:) You can find lemon curd near the jams or have it delivered to your door. You will need a microplane to zest citrus. To make this recipe gluten/grain free I recommend using  Otto’s Cassava Flour. It tastes, behaves and bakes the most like all purpose flour of any gluten/grain free flour I have used. 

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Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tarts
 
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A light lemony tart loaded with fresh berries.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Dough:
  • 1¼ sticks butter, room temp
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar (plus more for sprinkling dough)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Filling:
  • 8oz (1 cup) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup lemon curd
  • Toppings:
  • Your choices of berries. I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Instructions
  1. Shortbread prep:
  2. Preheat oven to 325 and place rack in center of oven.
  3. Using a hand mixer or bowl mixer, mix butter and sugars in a large bowl until well blended.
  4. Add salt, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix till well incorporated.
  5. Add flour and mix. At first the dough will crumble and fall apart.
  6. Remove dough from bowl and set on a cutting board or counter and gently knead with hands until dough forms a ball.
  7. Take dough in segments and press into tart pans. Start with the bottom and then build up the sides, Dough should be about a ¼" thick all the way around.
  8. Use a fork to poke holes in the bottom of dough.
  9. Place tins on a cookie sheet.
  10. Sprinkle dough with granulated sugar and bake for 25 minutes or until dough is cooked and slightly golden.
  11. Remove from oven and allow cool completely.
  12. Fill with mascarpone/lemon curd mixture, top with berries, sprinkle with powdered or course granulated sugar, remove tart from tin and serve. Each tart is enough to serve 2 people.
  13. Mascarpone filling:
  14. Use a fork or hand mixer to mix mascarpone and lemon curd until smooth.
  15. Fill tarts, top with berries. Sprinkle with sugar,

 

More Lemon Recipes:

Lemon Shortbread Bars with Strawberries
Roasted Chicken with Lemon Honey Glaze
Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with Berries and Raspberry Coulis
Lemon Butter Halibut with Zoodles
Fresh Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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My Favorite Picks for Mother’s Day!

 

“Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.” ~Author Unknown

Mother’s Day is only two weeks away. If you struggle with what to give the woman that gave you everything as much as I do, I am hoping I can help you out with some of my favorite Mother’s Day picks for 2016! Of course if you are the mom, you can just forward the links below to your husband and kids. They’ll get the hint. (This post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure at bottom of post)

Candles: Budget Friendly and Beautiful

Moms have a thing about everything smelling nice. These candles not only smell amazing but are very pretty. I just bought these succulent candles and love them.

My Favorite Picks for Mother's Day!

Bins and Baskets

Moms love an organized home which is why some of my favorite gift choices this year involve making the home less cluttered. Every mom would be thrilled by any of these 40 home storage solutions! Each is unique, functional and beautiful. 

My Favorite Picks for Mother's Day!

 

A Great Cookbook That Also Looks Fabulous on the Coffee Table!

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings: A collection of unfussy personal favorites from artisans, chefs, bloggers, bakers and crafters with lovely, simple images. One third cookbook, one third storytelling, one third international adventure. You will find yourself reading it even when you aren’t cooking. Find it here. 

My Favorite Picks for Mother's Day!

 Pitchers and Platters:

I love a standard white pitcher or platter but also love each with a bit of color and whimsy! You can find both in this gorgeous collection.

My Favorite Picks for Mother's Day! My Favorite Knife:

The 8″ Wusthof Ikon Chef’s knife is my favorite kitchen tool. I literally use it several times a day, every single day. Hand forged out of steel it has a full tang blade that will last your lifetime. Have it professionally sharpened every six months and it stays sharp! On sale now!

My Favorite Picks for Mother's Day!

The Instant Pot:

The appliance every cook is clamoring for. The Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-Functional Cooker- is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer & warmer in one, and even has a sauté and browning feature. The only thing it doesn’t do is wash dishes!

My Favorite Picks for Mother's Day!

Last But Not Least: The Best Blender on the Market!

If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know I love my Blendtec blender. It is powerful and durable, perfect for making smoothies, soups and pestos. And check out this amazing Mother’s Day Deal Blendtec is offering until the 27th!

My Favorite Picks for Mother's Day!

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