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Monday, July 9, 2012

beet & smashed avocado salad

beet sandwich salad

:sigh: we somehow managed to make it thru the week without losing power. there were others, friends & strangers alike, who were not so fortunate. maryland & surrounding areas suffered a massive storm last week. my thoughts go out to those who must make do without the comforts, but also with the workers who tirelessness toiled in the sun & heat to set things to rights.

in the aftermath we've been laying low, keeping our meals simple, quiet, with as little fanfare as possible. i will confess that sometimes i am overwhelmed with what to make for dinner, how to incorporate kale or turnips into a salad without repeating the same flavor profiles of, oh, last night's salad. this week's recipe for the food matters project provided me with the right kind of inspiration. for the full recipe, hit up Meg's of My Wholefood Romance.

i decided to make the dish vegan by using avocado instead, with parsley, as well as making use of some random almonds. for greens i used purslane, and for further layering, i added sliced white button mushrooms and cucumbers. to retain the pretty green color, i added the juice of one lime.

25 comments:

  1. Another reminder that I don't use avocado nearly enough. Why??

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    1. yes, WHY? whenever i hit the grocery store, i always always grab a few.

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  2. Hi...Love the tiered salad, such a refreshing lunch during the searing heat. Also heard about the storm damage, hope the power returns soon.

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    1. i am hopeful that everyone in the area gets their power back.

      had i enough time, i would've tried to go for another layer, but i was afraid of wasting the light, as well as it all toppling down.

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  3. Looks so pretty and a perfect dish to enjoy right now. I haven't bought avocados in ages, but now I have a good reason to go out and get some! : )

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    1. yes, please do grab some avocados, they are SO GOOD!

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  4. ah avocado! why did i not think of using it instead of all that olive oil? bittman suggested to start with 2 tbsp, but i ended up with 6 because it was too dry... avocado would have been perfect! love the looks of your salad... absolutely beautiful!

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    1. thank you, it's always great fun to be able to use avocado in any dish.

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  5. Yummy salad! It looks very refreshing!

    This is my first time visiting your blog. Nice to meet you. I think you are very interesting person knowing that you are an "angry" Asian who loves to run and bake. I'm an Asian too, angry sometimes and also like to run and bake...so here I am following you via Twitter and your blog :D

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  6. Love the addition of avocado! That is one thing I don't miss since I left the East Coast - those crazy heat waves. Hope it cools down soon!

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    1. when i lived on the west coast, i MISSED the heat! but yes, i sure hope it cools down just a notch, there is a such thing as too hot...

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  7. Looks so fancy - like something you'd get on a tasting menu! Love it.

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  8. LOVE the tiered salad! So pretty, what an great idea!

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    1. sara, thanks, my darling beloved called it a neopolitan salad. :)

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  9. That looks so refreshing! And my, oh my, does it ever look fancy like!

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    1. movita, thank you, and yet, it was so quick & easy to put together!

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  10. Gorgeous presentation! Look at that beautiful stack of beets and avocado.

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    1. kate, thank you. to be honest, the salad we ended up eating looking nothing like this... :)

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  11. That is gorgeous! This recipe has resulted in some pretty combinations of purple and bright green, and avocado looks great. I pretty much always have them on hand (Harris Teeter has bags of 2 for $1.49, so that's my excuse for buying them every single week) which makes this is an easy alternative to the goat cheese. Thanks for the recommendation!

    PS - Glad you're okay with the power situation. I was living in Bethesda in 2010 during the snowstorm and lost power for almost a week, and it was miserable... and we didn't have 100 degree heat to deal with! Hope we're done with bad storms for awhile now.

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    1. Meg, welcome! like you, i always grab a couple of avocados when at the grocery store, they're such a versatile fruit/veg.

      gasp, no power for a week in the COLD!? the horror. again, i managed to escape that discomfort, we lost internet/cable but that was it... crossing fingers our area stays (and all areas!) clear of storms for a very long while!

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  12. Gorgeous! My beet chips turned out terribly so I abandoned the dish altogether, but after seeing your version I might have to give it another try!

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