Ham, Bean, & Avocado Salad; sad…. again

This is it…. The last salad of the season.

We’ve had a good crop of lettuces this year and have been eating salads almost non-stop for over a month. But all things must end and this is the end of our salads.

To be honest I’m getting very tired and picking and washing lettuce every day.

It has to be washed – not because it’s the least bit dirty or has any chemicals on it but because we share our lettuce with the critters of the potager.

Nothing more unsettling then having a ‘crunch’ when one is chewing where no crunch ought to be…..

The best part about this salad, for those of you experiencing, or about to experience, the heat-wave….. It’s a complete meal in a bowl with no cooking required.

Ham, Bean, & Avocado Salad

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 8oz (240gr) ham, cut into cubes
  • 2oz (60gr) white cheddar or other cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 1/4 cup (10oz, 300gr) white beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 avocado, sliced, slices cut in half
  • handful fresh basil
  • enough lettuce for 2 main dish salads
  • 1 1/2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 3 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbs good olive oil

Ham, Bean and Avocado Salad


  • Prepare lettuce, tear and put into a large salad bowl.
  • Add basil leaves to lettuce.
  • Make vinaigrette: Whisk mustard and vinegar
  • Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly 
  • Add half the vinaigrette to the lettuce and toss well to combine.
  • Add remaining ingredients to lettuce, along with remaining vinaigrette.
  • Toss gently once or twice to combine and serve.

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It’s a very sad day here in France, after the terrible attack in Nice. What a horrific ending to the French National Day of families having picnics, watching parades and finishing with the much loved fireworks display.

I have no words…..

So I’ll leave you with some soothing photos of our bike ride along the canal this week.


It was so tranquil…..


So empty….

Except for one spot where we saw a couple in a racing shell and another on bikes.


One could almost pretend we live in a peaceful world….


Last update on July 15, 2016

7 thoughts on “Ham, Bean, & Avocado Salad; sad…. again”

  1. That canal looks a lot more inviting than ours here in the high desert. We’re always interested in cooling foods in the summer here, and avocado goes a long way despite its fat content which could raise body temps. Somehow it doesn’t.

    I’d drafted a comment here about here about Nice and Turkey which is now thankfully lost. I’ve no idea how your part of France is dealing with current issues regarding immigration; those issues hardly impact the functioning of my area, even with strong flows from Central America and Cuba here right now. The various levels of government do nothing for them once they’re accepted inside this border; the Catholic Church runs five centers for them in my city, and that’s all the help they get at a practical level. It’s very distressing.

  2. Are the avocados from your garden?!

    The photos of that canal makes me cry again and wonder how it is that there is a portion of the population that needs to destroy the peace. What a crazed world we live in!

  3. Phoenicia…. we are in a sad state

    Kate, and it doesn’t seem to stop.

    brassfrog, it truly is…. again

    Ina it’s just incomprehensible!

    Dan, our canals are wonderful – nice for boats, too LOL. Here in the middle of nowhere we have signs on the road looking for people willing to take in families but, really, we are too far out of the way here.. I just saw a news bit on the lack of education for the children – which is just creating opportunities for the terrorists to recruit. No education = no jobs = no future. I wish I had the answer….

    Elizabeth, I wish…. We get them from Spain…. I do not understand any belief system that promotes this…

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