Spinach Salad with Feta & Avocado; Hector has a friend

I have a confession to make.

I have always said that we eat locally, mostly from my own garden. That’s almost completely true but there are exceptions.

The cranberries I buy for my holiday baking come from Canada, the blueberries I love in the spring come from Morocco, and my summer pineapple comes from West Africa.

Those are still seasonal, as in not all year, but not local.

My only true deviation from ‘not seasonal’ is avocados. We love avocados and I indulge myself in buying the ‘ready to eat’ avocados that come from Peru. They are packaged 2 in a cardboard container and are almost always perfectly ripe. They are available all year and I buy them once or twice a month.

It keeps us both happy.

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Spinach, avocado and the first cherry tomatoes make a quick salad for a first course. Add some cooked chicken or ham for a light lunch.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: First Courses

Ingredients

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  • 1 ripe avocado, removed from shell, cut into cubes
  • 3oz (100gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3oz (100gr) feta, cubed or crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dry-cured, Greek olives, pitted, cut in half
  • 3oz (100gr) spinach, prepped for salad
  • 1 tbs snipped chives
  • 1 tbs oregano leaves
  • Balsamic  Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard

Instructions

  • Make vinaigrette:
  • In small bowl whisk vinegar and mustard. 
  • Slowly whisk in olive oil.
  • Salad:
  • Put avocado, tomatoes, olives, herbs and feta into a bowl. 
  • Add 2 – 3 tbs vinaigrette and toss gently to combine. 
  • Arrange spinach on two dinner plates. 
  • Spoon the salad into the center and serve, any remaining vinaigrette on the side.

Notes

I buy feta cubed, in a jar with an herbed olive oil. It’s perfect for salads, easy, and keeps forever!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 418
  • Sugar: 4.5 g
  • Sodium: 810.3 mg
  • Fat: 37.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.4 g
  • Fiber: 7.8 g
  • Protein: 9.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 37.8 mg
Spinach Salad with Feta & Avocado

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Hector has a friend.

She’s a very cute black lab that is slightly smaller than him.

And really, really fast.

They haven’t actually played together…. Because she is a little obsessed with balls.

I throw the ball and she races after it. Hector races after her. The 2 of them do a sliding turn while she grabs the ball, then come racing back to me.

That part is a bit scary. I’m never totally confident that they will stop before knocking me into the next county.

Hector doesn’t actually want the ball and he’s not upset that she has it. I tried throwing 2 balls, 1 for each of them. He just chases her. When she drops the ball for the next throw he waits, about 5 feet away. I throw, she runs, and he chases her.

They get a good work-out and I’m glad he has a friend.

I’m really glad he accepted her and allows her in his house.

He’s not that accepting of humans.

1 thought on “Spinach Salad with Feta & Avocado; Hector has a friend”

  1. Lovely salad! I haven’t bought avocados in awhile now, they’ve gotten so expensive that they’ve become a treat rather than the norm on my grocery list. Things have gotten out of hand here. I have a grocery delivery coming today. I spent $175 and it’s all staples. No frills at all. It’s getting too expensive to eat.

    We’re working on Beau as well as far as letting some humans in the house. I haven’t had this before and frankly, it’s troubling. But he certainly loves the other doggies at doggie day care. Go figure. I’m glad Hector has a friend! It helps to tire him out at least. Or I would think so. Beau comes home from day care and sleeps for the rest of the day and that’s a good thing for me 🙂

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