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Organic Summer Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette

In Food on August 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I made an All-Organic Summer Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette that is just perfect for this time of year. This is really simple and easy. Older kids will love it and can help prepare. Tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and feta tossed with a quick lemon vinaigrette. I’m posting what I did, but because I don’t measure you won’t find how much I’ve used of any one ingredient. I use my senses- eye it, smell it and taste it as I go along. Helps the creative juices flow when preparing food (which I think is an art in itself) LOL 🙂

I used these organic cherry tomatoes (which are naturally sweet) along with small yellow and orange tomatoes. These different colors give a variety of flavor from sweet to not so sweet. I found them on sale in pint baskets at Whole Foods but you can probably get them at farmers markets too. My local grocery store only has the mini Roma tomatoes that are organic so I have to venture elsewhere to get them.
Cucumber – well, nothing surprising here…as I sliced it (about 1/4 inch thick) I also sliced it horizontally down middle so the slices were about comparable to the tomatoes.
Avocado – this texture and flavor was surprising. The mild creaminess mixed with the feta, tomatoes, tang of the dressing and crunchiness of the cucumbers was incredible. This was new for me to try in this kind of salad and I am glad I did.
Feta- well I added the crumbles to where I thought the ratio would be just right and not over powering.

Vinaigrette –
I started with some spices (21 Salute from Trader Joes, Mrs. dash or similar, ground mustard, dried minced onions, granulated garlic) and put those in the bottom of a small deep bowl. (Get your wisk!)
Then I used a very juicy lemon (had about a half and 1/3 left), squeezed everything out of it and even used some of the pulp in there.
Then I added some white wine vinegar and began to whisk it all together (and of course smell it too..the base smelled aromatic) I wanted this to be a more tangy and less oil based dressing. So I say go heavy on the lemon and vinegar and you can always add more oil if you want.
Then I added unfiltered organic extra virgin olive oil (I used the Braggs brand). This gave it a fantastic flavor and added more depth. Eye this one, whisk as you add and fast to see if you have the right ratio. This part is all about personal preference.
Add A pinch or two of salt- again whisk, taste and adjust.

Take the veggies and add them to another bowl that has room for you to incorporate…then spoon the vinaigrette over it and gently toss (I used a spoon). Place into bowls and sprinkle fresh cracked pepper over it and enjoy!!

(#organic #avocado #cucumber #feta #yellowtomatoes #cherrytomatoes #orangetomatoes – #freshsqueezedlemon juice #whitewinevinager #oliveoil #spices) #fresh #goodfood #foodie #salad

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Charmy’s Tasty Guacamole

In Food on December 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

This one’s easy…Simple Guacamole and it even works if you don’t have cilantro! Recipe below…

Ingredients:

  • 3 Hass Avocados ripened
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup onions minced (very finely chopped)
  • 1 roma tomato chopped (or any flavorful tomato you have on hand)
  • 1 lime sliced into quarters
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
  • cilantro (optional)

Directions:

  1. Slice the avocados in half, and take the pits out. Then take a knife and score them about 4-5 times lengthwise, and about 5-6 times width wise so you have small squares (You are doing this to make the mixing of the avocado easier). Take a spoon and scoop the avocado into a bowl.
  2. Take your onions, and add them to the bowl. Start with 1/8 cup and work your way up to 1/4 cup only after you have added all other ingredients (you don’t want the onions to be too overpowering)
  3. Add the tomatoes and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the bowl with the avocado and onions.
  4. Take 2 quarters of the lime and squeeze the juice into the bowl. If you are using cilantro, add the amount you desire (Personally I start with a little less than a tablespoon).
  5. Now stir the mixture well with a fork, making sure to incorporate everything and smoothing the avocado chunks (if you like smoother guacamole).
  6. Now (and this is the fun part!!) take a tortilla chip and taste the guacamole to determine if more onions, salt or lime juice is needed. Take turns adding just a little bit of either and stir.
  7. Keep in mind that the more you stir the smoother the guacamole becomes, if you like your guacamole more chunky use a spoon instead of a fork to incorporate your ingredients.
  8. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

NOTE: It is better to prepare this close to when you plan to serve as the guacamole can turn brown as it oxidizes in the refrigerator. Additionally, you can show your guests what you are made of as you whip this up for them quickly while they wait. 😀 I did for Thanksgiving and it was gone almost before I could even get a taste.

Enjoy!!