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No matter the day, or the season, there’s nothing like cool cucumbers to really enhance the crunch of a salad. Bolstering a salad also requires a little ingenuity and a mixture of some really great vegetables and fruits.
Truly, there are no wrong mix-ins in a salad, but there are really a lot of options. Discovering different types of salads is one thing I do on a daily basis. Why? Because I don’t eat meat and a staple of a meal generally consists of at least one salad a day.
Keeping the same old, same old, would be boring, so I always change things up, try new combinations and enjoy the crunch, pairings, and flavors of veggies and fruits. Today, one of my favorite salad recipes is about to be shared. Who’s ready to mix up my Trader Joe’s Inspired Cucumber, Avocado, and Strawberry Salad? Fast. Easy. Fabulous!
Trader Joe’s Inspired Cucumber, Avocado, and Strawberry Salad
Shopping at Trader Joe’s is a simple inspiration. As a foodie, I can’t get enough of the store-wide options. I do spend a great deal of time in the produce section of Trader Joe’s because I am a vegetarian and love their produce options.
My most recent obsession is their edamame beans. They are ready to go, cold or hot and I just open the container and pop them into most everything I eat! For this salad, they are really the crunch that you will love!
Pretty much as long as you have a sink, knife, colander and cutting board, you are able to make this salad. There is nothing tricky to it. In fact, the most important thing you need to know is that the veggies need to be fresh to provide the best taste possible.
You can make this salad ahead, or right on demand. What I do know is that it will be asked for over and over, because it is that tasty.
There are a lot of cucumber options vying for your purchase at every grocery retailer. I, however, am very partial to one particular type of cucumber: the pickling cucumber. As a child, I grew up eating fresh pickling cucumbers right off the vine of my grandmother’s garden and have never like how other types taste.
It’s never hard to find pickling cucumbers and I believe they are underrated compared to seedless cucumbers and other basic slicing cucumbers. What I have discovered is that the pickling cucumber packs a crunch that is hard to replicate.
Trader Joe’s has several options and I generally purchase the small tray of cucumbers because they are prepackaged and thin!
You might find it odd, but before my Edamame top off my salad, they have been sitting in a bowl, lightly salted. I do this while I prepare the other add-ins. The time that the edamame sits, with the salt on, somehow rounds out the taste!
For those of you that prefer to make this salad for a crowd and realize that there are ‘tomato-haters’ in the room, just toss in mini cherry tomatoes. That solves the complaint of, ‘tomato guts are n the salad!’ A good host is always prepared!
The Pita Makes The Difference
While I would like to say that I don’t eat carbs at all, I can’t. I love my Pita binge with lunch and it is a portioned, rationed amount. So, I enjoy each bite with my salad and then I don’t revisit carbs again that day. The only exception is for those naturally occurring carbs in non-starchy/flour foods.
If you are abstaining from carbs, cut out the pita bread, it’s that easy.
The Simple Cucumber, Avocado and Strawberry Salad Recipe
Peel and slice 2 pickling cucumbers (or cucumber of your choice)
Rinse, and slice one Roma Tomato
Chop one ripe avocado
Edamame Beans (1/4 c)
1 C of Arugula
1/2 C Strawberries, Rinsed and sliced
Everything But The Bagel (2 Teaspoons)
1 Tbsp Gorgonzola Cheese
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
On a plate, layer arugula, then in the middle of arugula top with strawberries. Next add the edamame in a pile, tomato in another section, avocado and then cucumbers. Sprinkle all with Everything But The Bagel spice mix and then add Gorgonzola.
Drizzle the oil and vinegar, then serve with pita bread (optional). This is the perfect meal any time of the day. In fact, you can eat this as a side or a full meal, that is how I do it! ~ DANA XO
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