Orange and Avocado Spring Green Salad

It’s April and juicy sweet oranges are still available at the markets, and here in our Bay Area I can even pick them up at street corners where vendors sell seasonal fruits such as oranges in March and apricots, strawberries and peaches in the summer.  Last week I bought from a vendor on the corner of our local park a bag of over 20 oranges for $5!! What a deal! These were delicious sweet oranges that the family has been enjoying every day and I’ve been adding an orange to my Greek yogurt and granola routine in the mornings too.

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With all these oranges in abundance I made an orange salad to take to my good friend Rose’s place for a low-key springtime lunch last week. Rose invited me and our mutual friend Shalini for a casual lets catch-up type of lunch and made a crustless quiche as the main course, while our friend Shalini brought a kale and cabbage salad. Can I just say that when we get together our lunch is ALWAYS the healthiest and most delicious lunch ever!  Rose added her usual baked goods for dessert and this time she made a deep dark banana chocolate cake and her signature scones. This was one deliciously awesome spring lunch! 🌸🌷🌿

Getting back to this orange salad. I wanted to keep it on the lighter side with a delicate blend of spring greens and juicy sweet oranges, which I then topped with briny olives, red onions, and an avocado.  Toss these veggies with a mustardy vinaigrette for a lovely sweet and tangy salad. Simple, easy and delicious. And since its spring and pansies are in bloom I decorated the salad with edible blue pansies. Don’t these pansies look beautiful on the backdrop of orange and green?

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Orange and Avocado Spring Green Salad

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cups spring greens mix
  • 2 navel oranges peeled and cut into big circles
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely cut
  • 1/4 cup olives or 2-4 tbsp capers
  • 1 large avocado cut into slices
  • 2 green onion stalks finely cut
  • Pansy blossoms
  • A few nuts of your choice – I used toasted pecans and pistachios
  • Mustard honey vinaigrette

Directions:

  • Make vinaigrette and set aside.
  • Place half of the orange slices at the bottom of a salad bowl. Top with salad greens. Then place the remainder of the orange slices on top of greens. Scatter red onions, green onions and olives.

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  • Cut an avocado into slices and coat them with lemon juice.  Place these slices around the salad.

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  • Gently place pansy blossoms over the salad. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  • Right before serving salad toss with vinaigrette and nuts. Serve right away.

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Bon Appétit!

7 thoughts on “Orange and Avocado Spring Green Salad”

  1. You had me at avocado !! Wow this looks soo good. I never think to combine it with a citrusy flavor, but that sounds just wonderful! Also- on my last post I reset it to private ( I didn’t think by making it public it would post to the Reader) I replied to your comment but I’m not sure you’ll get it since I reset it to private. So I’ll share here for you!

    Aw thank you sooo much, Kalpana! I wrote this a long time ago and have had it private because I know it’s not the most fun post to read. A fellow nurse asked to read it, but I didn’t realize it would reappear on the Reader! I am in a much better place now- this was just how I was articulating what I was feeling at the time. Thank you for your kind words ❤ ❤

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    1. no problem Mackenzie! I understand, I’ve made some odd mistakes because wordpress made is sound like it would work. One time I posted 20 posts that I wanted to put in my archives and I was told if I backdated the posts people wouldnt get notifications. Well that didnt work!! All my readers got 20 posts one after another all within minutes! But on a personal note sounds like you have found your peace – nursing espeically is a profession where bad days and good days come on a daily basis. Keep up the great work.!!❤️

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      1. Aw, Kalpana- thank you for sharing this with me!!! It makes me feel better that I’m not the only one who has made an oopsie on this platform! But I have to say—-I would be quite excited to see 20 posts from you all at one time 🙂 Sounds like it was a treat for the readers!

        Thank you thank you ❤ This is so encouraging. I hope you have a beautiful week ahead!

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  2. Yes!! That was an amazing, very tasty, salad! It had all of the ingredients I love and have actually made it since our brunch sans the edible pansies, because unlike you, my garden is sparse!😬. Anyway, delicious salad!😋

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