It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down! I don’t know about you, but it seems like it has come and gone in the blink of an eye.
So many beautiful memories though: Wisconsin. Spain. My birthday. Utah. I feel like I’ve been just going, going, going!
One thing that I’m bummed that’s “going” — summer produce.
Oh my stars, the fruit that is in season in the summer is just exceptional.
The cherries and stone fruit. Melons! Figs! Strawberries and blueberries! Honestly, I wish we could have those available all year round! (Or at least not $8.99 for a pint of sub-par berries in the winter.)
So as a sort of “last hurrah” or sorts to the summer, I thought I’d share one of my favorite summer salads that spotlights those glorious summer fruits.
My Almond Berry Avocado Disappearing Salad.
I made a huge batch of this for a Labor Day party last year, and it was so delicious that it disappeared after about 15 minutes. Hence, earning it it’s name!
I ate this salad so often this summer — probably three times a week. I just couldn’t get enough! — Because not only is it addictively delicious, but it comes together SO FAST. I made a huge batch at the begging of the week, and kept the dressing in a separate container, and then had it for lunches or snacks for the next several days!
And it’s Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet friendly and Paleo!
Here’s What You Need: (Serves 2-4)
1 red belle pepper, sliced very thin on a mandoline
1 cucumber, sliced very thin on a mandoline
2 large carrots, sliced very thin on a mandoline
1/2 red onion, sliced very thin
1/2 cup blueberries
7-10 strawberries, sliced
3-4 Tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 “box” of baby spinach (or lettuce of choice)
1 ripe avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 drops pure liquid stevia
2 Tbsp water
Pinch of salt and pepper
Good Chef’s Knife (this is the one I use and love)
Large salad serving bowl
Food Processor (Optional)
Chop all the veggies either on a mandoline (carefully!) or with a sharp knife. Mix the dressing together in a small bowl or food processor. (I just used a bowl.) Mix until it is a creamy, dressing-like consistency.
Toss the fruit, nuts, and veggies with the dressing in a large serving bowl until well coated. Top a bed of baby spinach (or lettuce of choice) with a large helping of the salad. Garnish with more almonds, pepitas, and sunflower seeds (and more dressing if desired). Eat chilled.
My goodness. This salad is SO easy, SO delicious, and SO addicting! There’s something about the creamy, buttery avocado dressing with the sweet and juicy blueberries/strawberries, the crunchy almonds, and the fresh cilantro that make this salad positively irresistible!
My family got to try this when I debuted it in Wisconsin, and my mom declared that this was her favorite meal I made all vacation!
It’s cool and crunchy, sweet, tangy and completely and utterly satisfying. And it’s unbelievably healthy, too! Lot’s of protein from the nuts and seeds, healthy fats from the avocado, antioxidants from the berries, and wholesome and nutritious vitamins and minerals from the veggies!
Finally, it is just gorgeous with all the bright colors. Red, orange, lime green, dark green, blue and purple! In one world — fabulous!
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61 responses to “Almond Berry Disappearing Salad”
Double the ingredients, see how I make it disappear. No trubble at all 🙂 🙂
Hahahah love it. Thanks friend. Hugs and love xox
Xo from Cape Town
Meg wants some berry salad right now! (Maybe without the dressing, ’cause I don’t like avocado.) That looks yummerz!!
Yeah, summer’s disappeared too fast!!
Hahaha thanks Meg! This would also be great with an almond-butter/ginger/lime dressing from the Apple Ribbon Salad from a couple posts ago 😉 Hugs and love xox
That looks absolutely phenomenal!! Summer fruits truly are the best, especially fresh from the farmers market. YUM!! Might just need to try this one tonight.. 🙂 🙂
Thanks so much! Oh i lovvvvvve farmers markets! Hope you enjoy it! Hugs and love xox
Excellent sounding. I am going to try it.
Awesome! Thanks Dennis! Hope you love it! Hugs and love xox
Looks so tasty. I need to make it!
Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy it! Hugs and love xox
Hugs and love. xoxo
It looks and sounds delicious – thanks for sharing
Thanks so much Carol!! Hugs and love xox
That looks beautifully delicious!
Thank you so much Ryan! Hugs and love xox
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God bless you!
Thanks! Hugs and love xox
Yum Caralyn, looks relish, would it keep a few days if I made big batch or would it be better if I left the dressing to the side?
Hope you love it:) Hugs and love xox
THanks so much Lauren! Yes!! Dressing to the side
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Thanks for the link up! Hugs and love xox
This looks delicious doll! Hope you are having a lovely week. 💝
Thanks so much Debra! Hugs and love xox
Thanks Jackie! Hugs and love xox
I do not want to make it but I would love to try it! 😀
Hahha thanks Michelle! I promise you it’s super simple and fast!! 🙂 big hugs to you friend! Xox
It looks os good, I think if it tastes half as good you are into a winner.
Thank you so much!! I hope you try it! It’s awesome 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Sounds absolutely yummy! You’re making me hungry, lol!
This seriously looks delicious and I rarely eat anything green! haha
Hahaha thanks so much! Hugs and love xox
Looks so yummy!
Thanks so much! Hugs and love xox
Thank you friend! Hugs and love xox
awesome! I think this sounds so delicious! I will definitely save this recipe! xxx
Thank you so much! Hugs and love xox
Did you have to show me those gorgeous pictures and make me hungry? 🙂
Hahha sorry Ian!! Yay for colorful food! Hugs and love xox
Yum! Looks delish and that sunset photo is STUNNING!
Thank you Diana! Hugs and love xox
You’re welcome. <3
Makes me hungry. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! Hugs and love xox
That looks crazy delicious. Thank You and Cheers and Happy Fall!!! 😊
Thank you so much! Right back atcha! Hugs and love xox
This salad looks amazing! I’m going to make it for next week’s lunches!!
Haha oh thanks!! I hope you love it as much as I did! It definitely makes a great lunch! Hugs and love xox
That looks so good! The colors are amazing!!!! I really like this one! Now see why its your mom’s fav dish lol blessings! <3
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thanks for the link up! Hugs and love xox