Saturday, May 10, 2008

Summer dinners

Wow! It sure feels like summer already ~ Of course, it's Florida. It always feels like summer. Here's a typical summer dinner at Casa de Albury.
 It's chicken salad with grapes (of course) and fresh tomatoes, some celery and carrots along with blue cheese dressing to which we've added some extra blue cheese chunks (thanks Jen) and chips. We seem to have a lot of these meals... Tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad along with fresh veggies. We all love them here. One of my favorite things to do is make up salads ~ maybe a spring mix of lettuces, chop up lots of different veggies really small, add some type of cheese, some berries for sweetness and nuts for crunch. YUM! The other night I found a new favorite salad though. It's from our local grocery store ~ Publix.

 They have these wonderful recipe cards and a couple of times a day they have someone cook up and serve the recipe. They also have a special place next to the chef where they have all the ingredients you need to buy right there. Makes it pretty darn convenient. You taste it and if you like it ~ here you go.. the recipe and everything you need. Well Rich and I were there the other day and they were serving chicken enchiladas and guacamole salad. I've only recently learned to love avocados but still don't like guacamole so I was a bit hesitant but IT WAS FABULOUS so I'm going to share the recipe with you (I've changed a few things to suite my taste) and I hope if you try it you'll let me know what you think.

Guacamole Salad
10-12 sprigs fresh cilantro 1 fresh jalapeno pepper
2 small tomatoes 1/2 cup diced onions
3 medium avocados 1 lime
1 (8 oz) bag of shredded lettuce
1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp cumin

Chop cilantro coarsely, place in medium bowl. Cut jalapeno pepper in half (remove and discard seeds); chop finely and add to bowl. Chop tomatoes; add to bowl. Stir in onions, salt, pepper & cumin.
Cut avocados into bite size pieces. Stir into mixture until well blended.
Squeeze juice of one half lime (about 2 tsps) onto salad; Gently mix until blended.
Serve over shredded lettuce. Enjoy!

We are looking forward to many more cold salad dinners out by the pool soon ~ Come on over and join us. So, How was your day?

1 comment:

Becky said...

I can't believe you just recently acquired a taste for avocados. Of course the ones we get up here are nothing compared to the ones we used to get from our backyard down South. Beautiful pictures! How soon do y'all move?