Sunday, May 16, 2010

Spinach and Avocado Salad with a Basil Vinaigrette

Summer is almost here!  This salad is a wonderful way to say goodbye to Spring. I have been serving up this salad for several years, and use it often when entertaining guests.

We rarely serve salads in bowls. Instead, we serve up our salads on large family style platters, where everyone helps themselves, and encourages the communal style dining experience.


Spinach and Avocado Salad with a Basil Vinaigrette
Serves 12

Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2-6 ounce packages baby spinach leaves
1 red onion, peeled and halved, then thinly sliced
1-cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
3 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced

Directions:
Whisk oil, vinegar, dried basil, garlic and sugar in a small bowl until sugar dissolves.  Whisk in fresh basil, season dressing with salt and pepper.

Mix spinach, red onion and walnuts in a large bowl.  Add avocados and dressing. Toss gently to coat. Transfer to a large serving platter.

Enjoy!
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67 comments:

Joanne said...

What a fantastic salad, for summer or any other time of year! Love the overabundance of avocadoes!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful! I love the thought of a platter filled with lush Spring greens to celebrate the season.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a beautiful salad. I especially love how it looks on the platter. The addition of the walnuts sounds so good and adds a bit of crunch to the avocado.
Sam

Pam said...

Gorgeous salad. I always grab avocadoes when they are on sale, and then wonder what to do with them!

Julie said...

Velva: This salad is so beautiful!! I love the idea of spinach and avocado together!

Ana Powell said...

Beautiful and delicious ♥

Angie's Recipes said...

The avocado salad looks so spring and healthy!

Lyndsey said...

What a beautiful presentation on a platter like that. I love all the fresh ingredients in a salad. I'll try this one!

My Little Space said...

What a wonderful combo! Oh wow, summer is just at the corner. Time really flies, wasn't it? Hope you have a wonderful day!
Cheers, Kristy

Trish said...

Velva, this looks gorgeous!

doggybloggy said...

this huge platter so green and lush and inviting is a vision to behold - it seems unreal in its richness...

Bo said...

Very refreshing looking salad! I make a similar version, but with no spinach and oranges.

Jen_from_NJ said...

What a lovely platter of salad! I love the spinach and avocado combination. Perfect!

buffalodick said...

You fix it, I'll eat it! Looks darn good!

musik_okie said...

I've got fresh spinach from the garden, I've got ripe avocados in the fridge, guess what I'm having for dinner tonight? Looks great!

Sandi said...

that looks wonderful Velva....I love salads like that.

Lori said...

I just thought about that this weekend. I can't believe summer is so close. This salad looks delicious, beautiful too with all that green.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Excellent summer salad! I love red wine vinegar and avocado, thanks!

lakeviewer said...

Ah, avocadoes! Wish I could grow them. Here they are very expensive. Your salad made me hungry!

Jay said...

Wow...so healthy n nutritious dish...Loved your cute presentation. Awesome click too.
YOu are most welcome to my space.

Catherine said...

I love avocado salad! This looks beautiful and delicious Velva! Wonderful job!
Cheers~

Faith said...

All the flavors and textures in this salad are wonderful! It looks really beautiful too.

Claudia said...

Gorgeous salad. We are in the midst of spring and fresh spinach is everywhere. This is a must do.(I do communal salads also).

Stella said...

To me, Velva, this kind of dish is real food. It is the best food in my book. Every meal should have a fresh, crisp salad. Well, in a perfect world every meal would have one...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Velva... Thanks for stopping by... I always enjoy reading your blog. The Spinach and Avocado Salad with Basil Vinaigrette sounds wonderful. I love salads like this especially in Summer.

I also loved the Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus and Pancetta... YUM.

Thanks for sharing..
Hugs,
Betsy

Rebecca said...

LOVE avocados! Looks like a perfect salad for summer!

Jessica said...

What a lovely and refreshing salad. That basil vinaigrette sounds amazing. I'm so ready for summer and salads and lighter fare and this looks like a perfect recipe.

tasteofbeirut said...

I might want the whole platter for myself! Love that salad and the addition of walnuts!

Mags said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous salad. Absolutely beautiful!

Raina said...

This looks great. Awesome summer salad. It will go great with your yummy burgers too!

KennyT said...

It looks so yummy, I'm gonna try this salad out!

Chow and Chatter said...

this salad rocks I will try it for sure

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

It looks and sounds wonderful. We are growing spinache for the first time....We're so excited to see what fresh spinache tastes like. :)

S Lloyd said...

Perfect salad for summer.
I'll give it a try

Dishesdone said...

We love salad, yours looks excellent!

Bridgett said...

Perfection! I never tire of avocados and am always trying to use them in my meals. This looks wonderful.

MaryMoh said...

This looks really healthy and delicious...mmm

Pierce said...

Beautiful! Love avocado..

Mimi said...

Simple ingredients, delicious results.
Mimi

bobbinis-kitchen.com said...

This salad is verry interesting with the avocados.
Thank you for the idea

Do you think a twist of lemon would do the job instead of vinegar?

À bientôt !

teresa said...

absolutely gorgeous salad, perfect and refreshing for hot summer days!

Susan Fields said...

Look at all those lovely avocados - one of my absolute favorite foods. This salad sounds delicious!

Barbara said...

Oh I love avacado, Velva! What a marvelous salad this is. What a presentation! I like the touch of sugar in the vinaigrette too.

Chris said...

Gorgeous salad, I love the avocado and thin sliced red onion! I'll skip the walnuts though;)

Sweet and Savory said...

This is one fabulous salad, Velva. I like the nuts added and the red onion.

Sweet and Savory said...

Please add this to My Meatless Mondays.
http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-meatless-mondays.html

It would be a great alternative to meat.

love lives in the kitchen said...

i love all the ingredients of this salad so i definitely love this salad!
thank you for sharing and wish you a sweet day!
justyna

We Are Not Martha said...

Oh hello summer!! I love avocado anything and this looks amazing with the basil vinaigrette!

Sues

buffalodick said...

Good looking plate of food today!

Lea Ann said...

Beautiful salad Velva. I collect leaf plates/bowls, so you know I noticed that one. :-)

Kim said...

Salad looks much prettier served a beautiful serving dish like yours! I love all the components of this salad Velva. It looks absolutely delicious.

3 hungry tummies said...

That is a beautiful plate of goodness Velva!

From the Kitchen said...

Velva, I'm on my way to "Mitford". Come join me and bring the asparagus salad please! I now have to stop blogging and fix some lunch. Alas, I have no spinach or asparagus. I'll put them on the grocery list.

Best,
Bonnie

The Sweetest said...

Holy crap, that salad is absolutely gorgeous, and so is your blog. Can't wait to come back.

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

What a lovely platter of salad! And I like the idea of serving it family-style--my only problem being that it's hard for me to take no more than my share when avacadoes are involved...

Hungry Dog said...

Lovely! This salad says "summer," all right!

Erica said...

What a fresh and delicious salad!!! I am a huge avocado fan....!!!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This is fabulous! I am lucky to get a coupla avocados! Look at that salad!

Lynda said...

Delicious! Such a mouthwatering photo and a healthy salad.

Sophie said...

Waw, velva!! A stunning salad & avocado plate of fine foods!!

I so much love the basil dressing!!

Eliana said...

There is nothing like a good summer salad. This one ROCKS especially with the basil dressing. YUM!!!

Marguerite said...

Looks like a wonderful salad! Love spinach and avocados and both are so nutritious, too. And that basil dressing looks fab!

Karen said...

That's one green salad! Beautiful... I love avocado in salads.

figtree said...

Velva from now on I will always place my salads on pretty platters and think of you!!!I read chef Es post....now Im craving a martini!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would love that! I'm enjoying catching up on your recipes and seeing what I would like to try! ♥

Usman Shakil said...

Spinach Health Benefits

luckyduckybunny said...

I love this salad and I made it for my family who loves it! Even my 4 year was munching away at some spinach leaves!!! Incredible! Quick to make and deliciously surprising flavor.

Thank you so much for this recipe!

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