Avocado, Artichoke Heart and Feta Salad; pretty bugs

I originally posted this recipe about 10 years ago. When I went to look at it just now, to relegate it to history, I noticed all the comments from other bloggers. It used to be the custom to read and comment faithfully on other food bloggers’ posts. I had a list…..

Because I can never resist a brief meander down memory lane I clicked on all of the links.

Only one, out of 11 is still blogging.

Another one quit as recently as a year ago, but most stopped in 2010 or 2011.

I must have missed that memo…..

One other thing….

The original recipe had cherry tomatoes rather than artichoke hearts. I can now get wonderful, marinated artichoke hearts from Italy so I use them with abandon.

But salads are a lot like soups – add what you like.

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Avocado, Artichoke Heart and Feta Salad

This is an easy, first course salad coming together in just 10 minutes. You could add a hard boiled egg and a baguette for a light lunch.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • lettuce for 2 small salads, washed and spun dry
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, removed from shell, sliced
  • 3oz (90gr) marinated artichoke hearts, sliced if large
  • 2oz (60gr) feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Greek olives or any olives you fancy, sliced
  • Tarragon Vinaigrette:
  • 3 tbs salad olive oil
  • 1 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs fresh chives or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tbs fresh tarragon or 1 tsp dried


  • Tarragon Vinaigrette
  • In small bowl whisk vinegar and mustard.
  • Slowly whisk in olive oil. When incorporated add herbs and whisk to combine.
  • Put lettuce, artichoke hearts, olives and feta into a bowl.
  • Add 2 – 3 tbs vinaigrette and toss gently to combine.
  • Divide onto 2 plates.
  • Add sliced avocado, half to each plate.
  • Drizzle avocado with a bit more vinaigrette.
  • Serve, any remaining vinaigrette on the side.


I always add less vinaigrette than i think will be needed – and it’s usually enough. One can always drizzle on more.

Keywords: salad, avocado, artichoke hearts

Avocado, Artichoke Heart and Feta Salad

I absolutely abhor bugs of any kind in the house.

Outside, however, I find them rather fascinating…. Even spiders.

Some of you may even remember when I posted this pretty spider hanging around my sage:

She was quite large, probably 2″ in length so I was very brave – for me.

The other day, before the high winds and torrential rains destroyed the flowers, I saw this pretty green bug on a peony.

I watched and snapped and watched and snapped….

The neighbors must have wondered why I was sitting on the ground in front of my peony bush for so long….

A new religion? Church of the Exalted Peony?

He was in and out of the petals and did a complete circuit of the peony before coming back to the same spot.

I finally got this:

As usual, I don’t know what it is.

No need….. I just appreciate the beauty.

6 thoughts on “Avocado, Artichoke Heart and Feta Salad; pretty bugs”

  1. Your spider is a female Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi (Fr. L’Argiope frelon). The beetle is a male Thick-legged Flower Beetle Oedemera nobilis (Fr. Oedemère noble).

    I got the memo about blogging but ignored it.

    • If I could convince the house bugs to stay out of site we could all live happily. I know there are likely lots of the Euro house spiders in our house (very old, attached barn, etc) it’s only when I see them that I get upset lol Thankfully, other than the end of summer, sightings are rare

  2. I think it’s a green blister beetle. Or similar to that. We’ve had so much rain though, my peonies, even with frames, are beaten to the ground 🙁

    Salad looks good. I like avocados on salads and in quac, but this new craze of cooking them or baking them or baking eggs in them is just…no. I also love artichokes, but am lazy and only buy them marinated. I have no desire to break one down myself 😉

    • That photo was before the big storm…. The flowers are all gone now.The marinated artichokes I buy are a recent import. I’m very grateful lol. I stocked up

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