Salad Of The Week: Mixed Greens, Avocado and Radishes with Roasted Almond Oil
This morning I’m playing total catch up. I spent the weekend up the road with my family and a bunch of blogger friends at Walt Disney World attending Food Blog Forum for the third year in a row (here’s last year’s recap). To say we had a great time would be an understatement. From Friday until late Sunday, I got to play in the parks with my family as well as connect with and get to know better other food bloggers that I have known virtually for years, as well as ones I met for the first time this weekend. My mind is processing it all this morning, absorbing all the notes I wrote while in sessions Saturday, as well as reliving all the moments I was able to have with people I talk with almost daily but only see in person maybe once a year, if that. It’s mind boggling sometimes. But as always, after a conference like this, I’m home feeling refreshed, revived and so thankful for what I do, write and share here on my blog. It’s truly evolved and grown over the years, starting as a fun creative hobby and now giving me the opportunity to work at home part-time while my kids are still young, exactly how I’ve always wanted it. Sometimes in the busy-ness of it all, it’s good and necessary to stop and really appreciate it all the way it should be appreciated. On that note, I have to say, I’m always so grateful for all of you who pop over here to read my words and see what I’m cooking in my kitchen. My goal with this blog has always been to share my love of g00d food with others, and to hopefully inspire someone to cook a meal for their family or try something new or different – in the same way I’m always inspired by others with the same passion. Needless to say, when I hear from a reader (or friend!) who’s made something from this blog and enjoyed it, well…that just puts a huge smile on my face and completely makes my day.
Today’s little salad is not necessarily a recipe. I always struggle with the feeling of having to share real “recipes” here, but in reality, most of the time I’m throwing together stuff on a whim – and if it works and I think it’s absolutely delicious, well, then I want to tell you about it, real “recipe” or not.
It’s hard to really say who the star of this salad is. This mixed greens salad mix I have been making is definitely key but the avocado and crunchy spring radishes really make a statement too. What pulls this combination together though, in a way that makes you want to have the same salad the next day, is the oil I’m using. I picked up this Roasted Almond Oil one day while shopping at Home Goods (they have such a great foodie section, don’t they?) and I have to be honest, for a while it just sat on my counter unused. I finally decided to give it a taste one day, and I was completely blown away by the truly delicious roasted almond flavor. I’ve been drizzling it on my salads ever since – no vinegar, just a light drizzle of this fragrant oil along with a pinch of coarse salt and pepper
I haven’t used the oil it for anything else really, but when I do I’ll be sure to let you know. I imagine it would be a wonderful finishing oil to freshly steamed or roasted green beans or to use in cooking a light fish dinner. I would be pretty happy dipping a chunk of bread in it too. 😉
Mixed Greens, Avocado and Radishes with Roasted Almond Oil
Yield: serves 1
- 2 cups of fresh mixed greens (I like to use a blend of red leaf, green leaf and radicchio)
- 2-3 radishes, sliced thin
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- drizzle of Roasted Almond Oil
- pinch of coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
- Combine greens and radishes in a salad bowl. Top with avocado. Drizzle your oil over salad and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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This looks so perfect and delicious – wish I had it right now!
Come on over and I’ll make ya a bowl! 🙂
I’m going to Home Goods today to see if I can find a bottle of that oil! I love roasted almond flavor, and since I’m all over salad season right now I could certainly use a little kick 😉
I think you’ll love it!
The blogger conference looks like SO much fun. I want to go to one! Almond oil? I’m excited to try this. Sounds delicious. Happy Monday
It was a lot of fun! Happy Monday to you too 🙂
Love all of your salads! Wish I could have been at FBF to meet you!
I wish you were there too!! Hopefully we’ll meet up one day soon!
I haven’t tried Almond Oil but I am intrigued. I need to find some and try this out!
I was so surprised by the roasted nutty flavor, so good! I hope you find it!
Yay for easy salads!!
The absolute best kind 🙂
It was SO great to see you again & catch up! It was an incredible weekend! I love that you posted a salad idea….I’m always looking for new ones. 😉 I’ve got to buy my salad spinner soon.
You have got to get that spinner!
It was so great spending time with you Denise. We needed more didn’t we?
Homegoods is the best! I was just in there last week debating over this brand’s avocado oil. I need to stop back and pick it up.
I see that avocado oil in there sometimes and have wondered about it also. Maybe next time!
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best ones. I have to get my hands on some of that roasted almond oil.
I’m always drawn to the simple stuff…and they really can be the best ones! I think you would love this oil Dara.
I hear ya! this is such a busy time of year I feel like I am fixing meals on the fly and that is hard to blog about! I have never seen roasted almond oil, i bet it smells amazing, and taste even amazinGER ; ) So wish I could have joined you at FBF, next year! xoxox
Its all been on the fly…but that’s usually how I roll anyway with cooking 🙂 That oil surprised the heck out of me. Such a good roasty nutty flavor. You were truly missed at FBF. So bummed you weren’t there. Next year!!
This roasted almond oil sounds quite lovely and really good for a nice summer salad.
Aggie it was great seeing you this past weekend. And this roasted almond oil… must go find me some of this!
yes, you need to find some. It was really great to see you this weekend to! xo
Love quick and easy salads! This recipe sounds great! 🙂
I love the avocado on the salad, looks so delish.
I totally need to find some of that roasted almond oil too — yummo!!!
I’m in love with avocado oil. Just brought some home from california that is spiced with jalapeno and it’s incredible! This salad looks perfect!
Ooh, I’ve never tried avocado oil before, but I sure want to! Thanks for another inspiring recipe, I can’t wait to try this one!
I have got to get my hands on this oil.
I’ve never tried the almond oil before, but sounds delicious! I just learned that my hubby loves radishes (after 13 years of marriage:-), so I will definitely being trying this easy combo soon!
The roasted almond oil sounds fantastic. I’m always inspired by your salads, Aggie!
After almost a week away and ehem not eating so healthy I’m craving all things green!
You always inspire me with your salads, Aggie. I need to find this oil! So wonderful to see you last weekend at Food Blog Forum, what a great conference and fun time for family!
I often see fancy shmancy food stuffs at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s and I wonder if anyone uses them, so I’m glad to read this post. I’ll keep an eye out next time I’m shopping!
🙂 so simple and fresh, I am loving this! Almond oil is so yummy!
Sometimes the simples recipes/meals are the best. And a good finishing oil doesn’t hurt either 🙂
This looks beautiful, I love salads. Thank you for sharing the recipe
Healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing
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