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.
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.
Ingredients for 2 Salads
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
2 tbsp Macadamia Nut Oil
1 tsp Agave Nectar
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.