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This is a wonderful recipe adapted from: Healthiest Meals on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What Meals to Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden. You can find this valuable book at this location. I made some minor changes to the recipe and for one salad it is about 300 calories. Avocados and macadamia nut oil are high in calories and nutrients. Try reducing either if you need to eliminate some of the calories. For this recipe I ventured into several new ingredients as discussed in my New Years Eve posting about the 2015 direction for Realistic Cooking Ideas. Click here to read the sneak preview. Today’s new ingredients include: blood oranges, avocado, Macadamia Nut Oil, agave nectar, and butter lettuce. Almost every ingredient in this healthy salad was new to us! Needless to say I will continue researching recipes to use these wonderful ingredients! It is a beautiful salad to present and delicious to eat! You could segment the blood oranges to remove the skin for a more elegant look. This posting provides a method.

Blood Orange Avocado Salad with Macadamia Nut Oil Cover Photo

I conducted additional research on the ingredients and their benefits. At first I was not sure how to peel an avocado but it ended up being easy. Just cut off an end and then peel it like a banana. It is nutrient-dense with 50 calories for 1-ounce while providing a lot of vitamins and minerals. If you do not want to use the entire avocado, leave in the pit and place in the refrigerator to extend its life.

Blood oranges are delicious but a bit expensive at least during the winter. At about 80-calories they are a good source of vitamin C. One cup of butter lettuce is 5 calories providing about 30% of vitamin A.

The combination of macadamia nut oil (high in omega-3) and agave nectar made a fabulous dressing! Simple to make, healthy, and the agave nectar has a low glycemic index value and is 1.5 times sweeter than sugar.

Almonds are good for the heart – just remember to purchase raw almonds – no added salt. They are high in calories so be careful about adding too many. Slivered almonds are nice to control the calories. Dried fruit can be high in sugar and calories so I just added a few for color and a bit more sweetness.

Blood Orange Avocado Salad with Macadamia Nut Oil Close up photo

Ingredients for 2 Salads
Salad Ingredients
2 cups Butter Lettuce, washed and leaves torn into pieces
1 Ripe Avocado, cut into slices
1 Blood Orange, peeled and separated into segments
2 tsp Almond, slivers
2 tsp Dried fruit such as cranberries or apricots

Dressing Ingredients
2 tbsp Macadamia Nut Oil
1 tsp Agave Nectar

Preparation
Place butter lettuce on a plate and then add the avocado, blood orange segments and top with sliced almonds and dried fruit. Mix together macadamia nut oil with raw honey and then drizzle over salad.

31 thoughts on “Blood Orange Avocado Salad with Macadamia Nut Oil

  1. Sure looks delish. Lovely presentation too.
    Must save for a warmer day. Supposed to get ice pellets today. We’ll see. B-r-r-

    1. Bernice says:

      This is a fabulous salad – packed with Vitamin A, C, and antioxidants! As a bonus it is delicious. Our weather has been really odd this winter. Warm temperatures and rain, then freezing temperatures with a lot of accidents on the road ways. We get 6 1/2 feet of snow in November and then it rains on Christmas eve. A lot of people are sick so I am boosting our immune system. Or at least am trying. πŸ™‚

      1. I agree. The weather’s been weird. We had freezing rain and then slush yesterday. I bet it froze last night.

        It’s flu season, must do all we can to avoid it. ❀ ❀ ❀

      2. Bernice says:

        Same here! Now it is bitter cold! But we always get through it. πŸ™‚

      3. Do we have a choice? πŸ˜€

      4. Bernice says:

        No, we do not! πŸ™‚ And now we are getting a lot of snow. I worked from home on Friday because of the weather. I so long for summer!!!

      5. I’m with you. It’s been cold enough and certainly long enough. I’m done. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      6. Bernice says:

        Me too – tired of snow! So more cooking and going to start watching BroadChurch!

      7. During cold weather, I make soup! πŸ™‚

      8. Bernice says:

        Yes! Soups and stews are awesome! Nothing like comfort food! Now I have to get my Superbowl menu ready – feeling a bit of pressure since it is Feb 1st!!

      9. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. mihrank says:

    wow – no words – delicious but healthy and great ingredients!

    1. Bernice says:

      We try to eat healthy and this year’s focus is on more superfoods and optimizing our nutrients. And this salad is really good. πŸ™‚

  3. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! I hope you and your readers enjoy the salad!

  4. OMG amazing…I am trying this for supper.

    1. Bernice says:

      It is wonderful! I hope you enjoy it!!

  5. Sheryl says:

    This salad looks delicious. The pictures are wonderful. You are very good at food photography.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! I have been working on my food photography the past year. I really appreciate the feedback.

      1. Sheryl says:

        I really need to work on my food photography. The quality of my current food pictures varies widely from post to post–and feels very hit or miss.

      2. Bernice says:

        When I view my earlier pictures – some of them I love and others I cringe! I purchased a good camera and am using a photo tent for a lot of my photos. And Greg got me the book Focus on Food Photography for Blogger by Matt Armendariz. I also study how other bloggers are setting up their photos to make them more interesting.

      3. Sheryl says:

        Thanks for the info. I’m trying to pay more attention to what others are doing with food photography, and the book on food photography for bloggers sounds really good.

      4. Bernice says:

        Your welcome. The biggest thing I learn was about lighting – it makes or breaks your picture. There is some amazing photography on wordpress!!

  6. What amazing photos, Bernice – two of my absolute favourite ingredients, blood red oranges and avocado…
    I wonder if pomegranate would work well, too?
    Will try it!
    Thanks for the inspiration –
    Emma πŸ™‚

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes I think pomegranate would be wonderful instead of the dried fruit. It would give it that nice color and even more superfood power! Great idea!!

  7. mschmidt87 says:

    Hey this is a wonderful recipe!! Have a look at my superfood salad and let me knkw what you think? http://thescrimpycook.com/2015/01/08/superfood-salad/

    1. Bernice says:

      Looks wonderful! I like all the healthy ingredients – very appealing to the eye – and I bet it is delicious to enjoy! I look forward to seeing what other healthy recipes you share! πŸ™‚

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