Doesn't this avocado and pear salad look amazing? I gotta say this quarantine life gets to you when you're not allowed to venture out. We have had some tiny bursts of warm weather though which I feel have helped my mood. When the weather is nice I always get in the mood for salads.
Salads just make me think of spring and summer. I think that's why I've been on a salad kick lately! Trying to force myself to think we actually do have nice weather. This salad is making me envision myself sitting outside on the deck with the sun beating down on my face and a glass of rose in my hand. I am 25 weeks pregnant also so the drink has a few more months to wait for, but the salad is here and uplifting my spirits 🙂
What makes a good salad
Obviously avocados and pears, so I figured why not put them together and create a salad. Feel free to use any pears you wish, but I believe bosc pears are the best to use in salads. They have a sweet flavor to them that compliments greens to the T! Avocados are also considered a superfood and healthy fat.
If you are looking to lose weight I would advise only use half an avocado in this meal. Yes, avocados are healthy and good for you, but they are also considered a fat, so you don't want to have too many of them, especially in one sitting. They are very filling though, which is why I like them. It's better to fill up on a healthy fat than just a fat 😉
Bosc pears, on the other hand, can be eaten whole. You can never have enough fruits and veggies in your diet, but I will say all fruits have sugar in them so you also have to be careful not to over eat fruits. You want them in your diet, but you don't want too much. I would advise about 2 cups a day. One bosc pear is about 1 cup. So, that should give you an idea of how much you can have of fruit in one day.
What to put in this delicious salad
Again I used spinach. I like baby spinach because then you can cut a chopping step and just use whole. Obviously you will need an avocado, a bosc pear or pear of your choice, craisins or raisins, crumbled bleu cheese, walnuts, and I went for my go-to dressing when I don't feel like making one from scratch.
In my last post I linked a ton of cute salad accessories. If you're interested check out this post Apple Raisin Salad with Walnuts!
Best homemade salad dressing
This is the easiest dressing you could ever imagine. One of my girlfriends turned me onto this dressing a few years ago and I fell in love with it. It is my go-to to make because it only consists of 2 ingredients!
I first sprinkle my salad with garlic salt. I am a guilty lover of salt so I might put a little too much of this seasoning on top, but add whatever amount you desire. I'd say I probably use almost a whole tablespoon! I like to use the brand Simply Organic Garlic Salt. Then, I drizzle avocado oil on top and toss! When we were allowed to venture out into the world I did a big shopping spree at Trader Joe's and I found this Chosen Foods Avocado Oil, but any brand will do!
Directions for this salad
Mix all ingredients together and eat up! It's that easy friends!
Avocado and Pear Salad
- salad bowl
- cutting board
- paring knife
- salad tongs
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 avocado sliced, pit and skin removed
- 1 bosc pear sliced
- ¼ cup crumbled bleu cheese
- ¼ cup craisins or raisins
- ¼ cup walnuts chopped
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- kosher salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- Using a cutting board slice the avocado in half lengthwise. Open up avocado and remove pit. Scrape out of shell and then slice into pieces. Then slice your pear up, removing pits.
- Assemble salad mixing spinach, cheese, walnuts, avocado, pear, and craisins.
- To make dressing: sprinkle garlic salt on top of salad and drizzle with olive oil. Toss using tongs.