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Leafy Green Salad with Fresh Figs, Beets and Avocado

Total time:

15 min

Prep time:

15 min

Cook time:

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Leafy Green Salad with Fresh Figs, Beets and Avocado

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This no-cook, quick and easy meal is a refreshing choice for hot summer days. Abundant with colorful and seasonal ingredients like creamy California Avocados, this salad provides an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and good source of folate.

Ingredients

Serves: 6

3 cups baby spinach leaves
3 cups baby arugula leaves
1/2 cup red grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup orange grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped and julienned
1/2 cup fresh, raw beets, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup jicama, peeled and cut into thin strips (matchsticks)
1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and diced*
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup fresh figs, quartered **
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)***
1/2 tsp. orange zest
2 Tbsp. almond oil
As needed Drizzle of balsamic glaze or aged balsamic vinegar

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting.
Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.

Instructions

  1. Wash, spin dry and combine spinach and arugula leaves, and place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Add red and orange tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, beets, and jicama, and gently toss with greens.
  3. Top with avocado, almonds, figs, feta, and orange zest.
  4. Evenly drizzle with almond oil and balsamic glaze.

Serving Suggestion: For an added protein boost, top with grilled chicken, fish or beef.

Beverage Pairing: Pair with sparkling wine such as a California champagne or a dry Prosecco.

* Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

** 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries or small cubes of fresh watermelon may be used in place of figs.

***Vegan without optional feta cheese

Nutrition information per serving

(without optional feta cheese): Calories 170; Total Fat 12 g (Sat 1.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 2 g, Mono 8 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 35 mg; Potassium 550 mg; Total Carbohydrates 14 g; Dietary Fiber 5 g; Total Sugars 7 g; Protein 3 g; Vitamin A 1943 IU; Vitamin C 44 mg; Calcium 55 mg; Iron 1.3 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 106 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.1 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 40%; Vitamin C 70%; Calcium 6%; Iron 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

About the author

Bonnie Taub-Dix is a registered dietitian and the award-winning author of, “Read It Before You Eat It (Plume),” and owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants, LLC. She is a motivational speaker, freelance journalist and media spokesperson whose messages are laced with her passion as a foodie, her wit and wisdom, and her realistic guidance without gimmicks. Bonnie has conducted thousands of interviews for all forms of media including television and radio shows and print and online sources such as CNN, “CBS Early Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “TODAY,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Martha Stewart Radio,” “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post,” as well as a variety of national magazines. She is an advisor to global corporations, food companies, and media outlets devising wellness programs, creating media/social media campaigns, and conducting workshops for health professionals and consumers. As a nutrition consultant to The Cartoon Network, she is involved in issues regarding programming and advertising to children. She is a health & wellness blogger for “US News & World Report” and “Everyday Health” and her stories appear in national magazines and newspapers online and in print. Bonnie was the recipient The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ 2012 Media Excellence Award. She is married and has three sons…all foodies! She can be found at BetterThanDieting.com and on Instagram at @eatsmartbd.

Bonnie is a registered dietitian nutritionist for the California Avocado Commission. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog are part of their partnership with our organization..

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