Strawberry Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Gluten Free Living – 2014

Strawberry Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette is one of my new salad faves. I love avocados, and I wanted to see how they would pair up with fruits like strawberries and blueberries in a salad. The one thing about working with avocados is you really have to use them up immediately or they discolor quickly. To make a really nice looking and festive salad you’ll have to find avocados that are not totally ripe because you don’t want them mashing up while you’re trying to cut them into slices or pieces. A firmer avocado is in order here. I tried them in this tossed salad with sliced almonds and feta cheese along. Then I decided to add some lemon zest to the salad to see how that combination would work. Finally, as I was making a homemade dressing, I didn’t like how the balsamic vinegar made the dressing so brown. 🙁 So, to solve that issue I added a bunch of strawberries I really needed to use up anyway, and I got a colorful, tasty vinaigrette to top this lovely salad.

Strawberry Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette is really quite easy to make. I just layered the ingredients in a salad bowl then added the avocados and tossed everything right before serving. It only took about 10 or 15 minutes. The dressing was quick and easy too. That only took about 5 minutes to prepare. The nice thing about this recipe is it’s got so many healthy ingredients. Avocados, even though high in calories, provide the good oils and nutrients that help increase your metabolism. This salad is also gluten free and fairly low calorie, all things considered.

If you’re looking for a tasty salad recipe and you don’t mind mixing fruits and veggies, then give Strawberry Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette a try sometime. I would have added a little diced red onion to the salad, but my husband prefers that I leave it off. That would give the salad a little more bite. You can also change out the cheese for blue cheese or goat cheese, and exchange almonds for pecans, walnuts, cashews or peanuts. This is a salad you can adapt easily to your family’s tastebuds. The same thing can be said about the salad dressing. You can change up the oil and the vinegar to use those your family prefers.

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Strawberry Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette is a light, refreshing salad for hot summer days.

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The Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette can be made sweeter with more honey, or have a little more bite by adding more green onions and hot, spicy mustard. It all depends on your particular palate. You can also switch out the oil for a milder oil like canola oil, and a milder vinegar like apple cider vinegar.

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Lots of juicy strawberries, blueberries and avocado slices make up this tasty salad.

 

Here’s what I did.

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Layer Butter Bliss lettuce in a salad bowl. Add sliced strawberries, blueberries, sliced almonds, lemon zest and feta cheese over top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Add avocado slices just before serving.

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I used these ingredients for the salad dressing along with strawberries. I used strawberries that were on their last legs. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Now add sliced strawberries and puree again.

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The Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette can be made sweeter if you prefer a sweeter dressing or more pungent if that’s what you prefer. You make the call.

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The lemon zest adds a nice flavor to this salad. You can also serve this with Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing.

 

Here’s the recipe.

STRAWBERRY BLUEBERRY AVOCADO SALAD WITH STRAWBERRY POPPYSEED VINAIGRETTE

(My own concoction)

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Lovely, refreshing summer salad with strawberries, blueberries, avocados, almonds, feta cheese and lemon zest. This recipe is served with a homemade Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette and is gluten free.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Ingredients
SALAD:
STRAWBERRY POPPYSEED VINAIGRETTE:
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SALAD:
STRAWBERRY POPPYSEED VINAIGRETTE:
Instructions
SALAD:
  1. Layer ingredients in order listed omitting avocados until right before serving.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To serve: Add avocado slices and toss salad ingredients and place on plate.
  4. Drizzle Strawberry Vinaigrette over top of salad.
STRAWBERRY POPPYSEED VINAIGRETTE:
  1. Process all ingredients in a blender until well mixed.
  2. Store in refrigerator until needed.
  3. Serve over top of salad.
Recipe Notes
NOTE: Add more honey if you prefer a sweeter dressing. Add more green onions and spicy brown mustard if you prefer a more pungent salad dressing.
NOTE: Grape seed oil has a strong flavor. You may prefer a milder dressing made with avocado oil or sunflower seed oil. Avocado oil wasn't readily available when I initially made this recipe. It would be my recommended choice (along with olive oil) for the oil ingredients in this recipe.
NOTE: Balsamic vinegar is a strongly flavored vinegar. You may prefer to substitute apple cider vinegar.

 

[b]Strawberry Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra – my own creation
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Lovely, refreshing summer salad with strawberries, blueberries, avocados, almonds, feta cheese and lemon zest. This recipe is served with a homemade Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette and is gluten free.
Ingredients
  • 3 6-oz. bags butter bliss lettuce
  • 1 lb. strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp. fresh lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients in order listed omitting avocados until right before serving.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To serve: Add avocado slices and toss salad ingredients and place on plate.
  4. Drizzle Strawberry Vinaigrette over top of salad.

 

[b]Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra – my own creation
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Lovely, refreshing summer salad with strawberries, blueberries, avocados, almonds, feta cheese and lemon zest. This recipe is served with a homemade Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette and is gluten free.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup grapeseed, sunflower seed, or avocado oil
  • ¼ cup savory fig balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup honey
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp. spicy brown mustard
  • 1/3 to ½-pound halved strawberries
Instructions
  1. Process all ingredients in a blender until well mixed.
  2. Store in refrigerator until needed.
  3. Serve over top of salad.
Notes
Add more honey if you prefer a sweeter dressing. Add more green onions and spicy brown mustard if you prefer a more pungent salad dressing.[br][br]Grape seed oil has a strong flavor. You may prefer a milder dressing made with avocado oil or sunflower seed oil. Avocado oil wasn’t readily available when I initially made this recipe. It would be my recommended choice (along with olive oil) for the oil ingredients in this recipe.[br][br]Balsamic vinegar is a strongly flavored vinegar. You may prefer to substitute apple cider vinegar.

 

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This healthy, low calorie, gluten free recipe is great as a side or Meatless Monday dish. It’s also great served with Grilled Chicken.

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Strawberry Blueberry Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette is a great salad to choose if you’re trying to eat clean and healthy.

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  • comment-avatar
    Paula January 10, 2015 (9:07 pm)

    This looks really, really good! I’ll have to put this on my list for next week! Great recipe, Teresa!

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa January 11, 2015 (1:49 pm)

      Thanks, Paula. I love fruit in salads. And, of course, avocados are great on everything. 🙂

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    Shari Kelley July 14, 2014 (3:08 pm)

    I love that you made the poppyseed dressing into strawberry poppyseed dressing. It seems like it would be perfect for this salad. I love the combination of ingredients you used. You have the best salad recipes on your blog!

    • comment-avatar
      Teresa July 14, 2014 (7:02 pm)

      You are too kind, Shari. Thanks so much for the sweet words. The nice thing about both the salad and dressing is you can add or subtract to make it your own!

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