Spicy Watermelon & Avocado Salad

Spicy Watermelon & Avocado Salad

I've had a lot of mediocre watermelons in my life. You know what I'm talking about. There a little bit foamy, light pink and only slightly sweet. When I buy one of these watermelons it's because it's the first one I've seen all season. I can't help myself! It is an impulse buy. And then, a week later you are there in your kitchen looking at a half eaten mediocre watermelon. A lifeless, flavorless watermelon.

But oh! When you just wait one more month! When you start buying watermelons right around the peak of summer! That is when watermelons are heavy with juice, almost red, and as sweet as can be.

Of course, the same goes for avocados. I know you know what I'm talking about. I know you've bought one of those avocados before. Out of desperation. It was hard as a rock. But you told yourself it would alright. Just give it a few days on the counter and it'd be ready.

Needless to say, it never did quite get ripe or develop that perfect avocadoness. But, now! Now is the time to buy avocados. They are plentiful and ripe and soft. And what is better than a perfectly ripe avocado?

Spicy Watermelon & Avocado Salad

Where am I going with this do you ask? Let me tell you where I'm going. It's this salad. The first layer is soft, delicate butterhead lettuce (my favorite variety of lettuce). It's crisp and perfect in salads. I usually buy butterhead by the head, but often the outer leaves are torn or bruised by the time I make it home from the store. So I was SUPER excited when OrganicGirl announced that their next salad blend was going to be my very favorite: a pre-washed, organic blend of butterhead lettuce hearts!  And just in time for watermelon and avocado season to collide.

Destiny? I think so. 

Avocado and watermelon complement each other well: sweet and savory; creamy and crisp; fresh and bold. Both benefit from the addition of a little spice (I'm talking about you, jalapeño!)

Drizzle it with cilantro lime vinaigrette. Get out a fork and eat the whole platter yourself. Or, ok, share if you really want to. 

Spicy Watermelon & Avocado Salad

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Spicy Watermelon & Avocado Salad

Published June 29, 2017 by
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Buy watermelon and avocado in their peak season!

Serves: 4   |    Total Time: 20 minutes



Ingredients:


Directions:

  1. Spread butterhead lettuce in a single layer on a platter or in a salad bowl. Top with sprouts, slices of watermelon and avocado, and slices of jalapeño. (Optional: if you do not like spicy food, consider de-seeding the jalapeño! Wash hands thoroughly after cutting and avoid touching your eyes).
  2. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad when ready to serve. Enjoy!

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Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Hello there! If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might be surprised to be hearing from me today. You've probably noticed I post recipes twice a week, and almost never on the weekend. But here I am, posting a recipe on the weekend. 

Most of you are probably reading this long after I hit "publish" of course, and it could be any day of the week. Hello to you as well! 👋

This last week, I was working on a recipe for a Spicy Watermelon and Avocado Salad (it is killer BTW), and teased it on my Instagram account. And you guys were excited! And I am too. Must I explain why? The dish contains the words watermelon, avocado, and spicy. THREE things worth getting excited about! 

I realized however that the dressing for this salad is a lip-smacking tang-master flavor bomb on it's own, and something that shouldn't just be limited to one salad. You know how people hate being put into little boxes? This dressing hates that too. And of course it does! Have a summery salad that needs some lift? This dressing. Found yourself with a burrito bowl in need of a bit more sauce? This dressing. About to eat an avocado with a spoon? You guessed it, a drizzle of this over top will take it over the edge. 

So here it is, the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette that is the star of todays show. Come back on Thursday for the main event: Spicy Watermelon and Avocado Salad! 

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Published June 24, 2017 by
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Best friends with avocados, burrito bowls, and roasted corn.

Serves: 4   |    Total Time: 10 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/16 teaspoon each salt & pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute, until emulsified. Pour over a salad or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!

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Paleo Pork, Butternut, and Mushroom Stuffing

Paleo Pork Stuffing

Ok, what's the best part about Thanksgiving dinner?! The stuffing of course! (If you said pie, I'm willing to accept that answer too 😉). Now, if you know me or read this blog a lot, you might be thinking, uh, Caitlin, how can you say that stuffing is the best part about your Thanksgiving dinner when you're not that into bread? Well, to be perfectly honest, I don't have much of an answer for you. I've always loved stuffing. So much so that my dad and I would make it for dinner all the time when I was a kid -- not just on holidays. That was the best. 

Paleo Pork Stuffing

What's difficult is making a really good Paleo stuffing. Gluten-free? No problem! Toss some corn bread in the oven and you've got yourself a deal. But grain-free? now that's in interesting predicament. 

Since my dad and I would often make stuffing for dinner on non-holidays, I decided that my Paleo stuffing would be dinner-appropriate: something you could eat as a main dish or as a side dish. Instead of making paleo bread for this recipe (that sounds like a lot of work!) I simply used ground pork, mushrooms, butternut squash, celery, onions, and plenty of spices and herbs to give it that stuffing flavor. 

Paleo Pork Stuffing

Not going to lie, I'm in love with this stuff. I ate it for three meals in a row, and that's not something I do very often. (Stuffing for breakfast? Uh, when it's full of real ingredients like this, I have no shame!). 

Happy turkey day everyone! May your holiday table be full of warmth and joy.

Paleo Pork Stuffing

Paleo Pork, Butternut & Mushroom Stuffing

Paleo, Primal, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free    |       |    Print Friendly and PDF

This is made to be a stuffing-like side dish for Thanksgiving, but is actually good as a main dish, too!

Serves: 4 main dish servings, 8-12 side dish servings   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced butternut squash
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary OR 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat coconut oil over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, and celery to the pan. After 2 minutes, add the mushrooms and butternut squash. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are transparent and mushrooms are tender.
  2. Add pork to the pan. Use a wooden spatula to break up the meat into fine grounds. Cover, and let cook until meat is browned.
  3. Add herbs, and stir until well incorporated. Finally, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

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