Farmer’s Market Salad {with creamy avocado-cilantro dressing}

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i recently had the opportunity to spend a week in the beautiful mountains of vail, colorado {if you haven’t been i suggest you add it to your bucket list…seriously breathtaking}.

my ideal day in vail went something like this – 6am wake up call, refreshing 40 degree morning walk into vail village, 15 min hiit circuit in the village, coffee and breakfast at yeti’s grind, couple hours of working on this beautiful website and a long stroll through the largest farmer’s market i’ve ever seen, followed by this beautiful farmer’s market salad on a park bench with my dietician friend stacie hassing {so naturally this salad has to be registered dietician approved}.

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all those beautiful, fresh veggies inspired this summer farmer’s market salad that i could seriously eat every day…it’s that good!

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and even better when topped with this delicious avocado inspired creamy avocado-cilantro dressing. of course if you’re in a pinch you can certainly top your salad with extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, balsamic vinegar and the like.

i like to picture myself back in the mountains as i savor every bite of this big, fresh salad – enjoy!

farmers market salad
 
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vail, colorado farmer's market inspired salad...simply delicious!
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Recipe type: fresh salad
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • salad Ingredients:
  • 6 oz. grilled chicken or protein of choice
  • 2 c spinach and kale blend
  • ¼-½ cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ c red or green onion, chopped
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ c raw nuts of choice, sliced/chopped
  • optional: ¼ c goat cheese crumbles
  • optional: ¼ c calamata or black olives, pitted
  • creamy avocado-cilantro dressing ingredients:
  • ½ avocado, ripe
  • ¾ c fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ lime, juice of
  • sea salt to taste
  • optional: ½ c full fat plain greek yogurt {to make it extra creamy}
Instructions
  1. for the salad, combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. for the dressing, place avocado, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt and optional greek yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth.
Notes
*the dressing makes about 1 c {more than you will need}, but it will last in the fridge for 3-5 days.

 

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