Watermelon Radish, Avocado and Mint Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Posted on: February 13, 2015

watermelon radish and avocado salad 025This is a wonderful and simple lunch for one.   I am often rushing from one place to the next during the day, or home cooking and working on recipes for this blog and cooking classes all the while grazing on food.  I admit I have a hard time sitting down to a nice lunch.  But when I do, I feel more calm and collected.  I try to just eat the meal.  Not check my email, Instagram account or Facebook.   I try not to multitask.  This is not easy for me.  At all.  I rarely make it through the meal just sitting there focused on the meal.  But I strive to.  One day I hope to be better at it.

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If lunch is not a solo occasion, this recipe is easy enough to double or quadruple.  But even if you are having lunch for one, taking the time to make yourself a beautiful and healthy lunch is a great way to love yourself and we all deserve it, even if know one else is around to notice or enjoy it with you.

watermelon radish and avocado salad 005I fell in love with watermelon radishes when we lived in California and I was so happy to see them at my local market this week.   Watermelon radishes are less peppery and pungent than other radish varieties and have a mild sweet and peppery taste – and they are oh so pretty.  Radishes are a great source of vitamins and minerals, they aid in digestion and can help fight off colds.  The crunch and slight peppery flavor is a great addition to a salad.

radishes and hearts 009I teach a cooking class  to 6th and 7th graders and this week as part of a snack for them, I set out a plate of thinly sliced watermelon radishes.  I had not idea what the reaction would be and I was so impressed with these kids because they all tried one.  Some loved them and some not so much.  The plate was empty by the time we were ready to clean up.

watermelon radish and avocado salad 016Avocados are a great addition to any salad.   They add a creamy element and provide a really healthy fat AND they help your body absorb all the fat soluble nutrients in the rest of the salad!

watermelon radish and avocado salad 009The egg on top is a nice addition to a heartier lunch, but totally optional.  Pasture raised eggs are packed full of good nutrients.   While the egg white has protein, the yolk is where all the goods are.  And by goods I mean vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to thrive, such as fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as calcium and B vitamins.  Adding an egg to a salad is a great way to get added nutrients and to feel satiated.  I boil my eggs for 10 minutes and that is perfect for me.  I like them just hard boiled.  If you see a light green on the edge of the yolk, you boiled it too long.

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Enjoy your lunch for one or double the recipe and invite a friend over.  Another favorite salad recipe of mine is this grapefruit, avocado and watercress salad.  This artichoke soup is also great for lunch.

Enjoy!

Watermelon Radish, Avocado and Mint Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 8-10 paper thin slices of watermelon radish
  • 2 cups lettuce, washed and dried
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon vinaigrette
  • Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • 1 pasture raised egg

Instructions

Arrange radishes along the edge of a plate or bowl. Add lettuce to the center. Add avocado and mint leaves. Pour vinaigrette over top and toss lightly.

Enjoy!

For the vinaigrette: (makes enought for 2-4 salads)

Add everything but the olive oil to a bowl. Whisk. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking continuously until smooth and emulsified.

For the Hard Boiled Egg:

In a medium saucepan 3/4 filled with water boil water. Carefully add the egg to the boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Take egg out and place in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking. Peel, cut in half and place on top of salad

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