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Cranberry Avocado & Blue Cheese Salad

​​​​​​​Cranberry Avocado Blue Cheese Salad - Quite simply, this avocado salad is amazing. You'll want it every day but it is perfect for a special occasion.
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Healthy
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 201kcal
Author Wendy Polisi

Ingredients

  • Walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • Dressing
  • cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons onion fresh minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil OR 1 tablespoon chia seeds + ½ cup water
  • Salad
  • 12 ounces salad greens
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup blue cheese OR goat cheese
  • 2 avocados peeled and diced

Instructions

  • *To make walnuts, *Combine sea salt, cumin, cardamom, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
  • Heat olive oil in a small skillet. Add walnuts and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and spices and cook until the sugar melts, stirring often to prevent burning. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • To make dressing, If using chia gel, combine chia seeds with water and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes until a gel forms.
  • Combine white vinegar, maple syrup, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, mustard powder and sea salt in a jar or blender. Shake vigorously or blend until combined. Add olive oil or chia gel and mix until well combined.
  • To make salad, Toss together field greens, cranberries and cheese (optional) in a large bowl. Add avocado and gently toss with desired amount of dressing. Top with walnuts and serve with additional dressing if desired.

Notes

With Oil: Servings 8, Calories 381, Fat 34.7g, Carbohydrates 16.8g, Protein 5.4g, Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 466mg, Fiber 5.4g, Sugars 8.5g With Chia Gel: Servings 8, Calories 293, Fat 23.3g, Carbohydrates 18.1g, Protein 6.1g, Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 466mg, Fiber 6.7g, Sugars 8.5g

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.8mg