Avocado-Arugula Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing

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Avocado-Arugula Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing
Avocado-Arugula Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing
Amie Valpone

Avocado-Arugula Salad with Basil-Lemon Dressing

Another simple, yet elegant dish — just a few clean ingredients with a lot of flavor packed into a tasty vegetarian salad. My mother turned me onto arugula, as she always uses it to add some pizazz to her salads. It always looks so pretty, so dainty, so crisp. It’s got a nice kick to it.

So, here’s a pretty vegetarian recipe that’s perfect for an appetizer before you dive into your main dish.

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2
Servings
572
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb, stalks and bulbs sliced thinly
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 cups arugula
  • Juice of 1 lemon, preferably organic
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange olive oil
  • 4 basil leaves, chopped finely
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashews, ground

Directions

Prepare a large ice bath.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the fennel and cook for 3 minutes. Immediately plunge into the ice bath. Set aside for 3 minutes and drain. Transfer the fennel to a large serving bowl and pat dry. Add the avocado, carrot, and arugula.

Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, and basil. Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to coat. Transfer to serving dishes. Top with the ground chia seeds and cashews. Serve at room temperature.

Avocado Shopping Tip

Avoid very soft avocados; choose those that yield slightly to finger pressure.

Avocado Cooking Tip

Avocados oxidize quickly; use lemon juice to keep the flesh from turning brown.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
45g
69%
Sugar
11g
N/A
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
Protein
12g
25%
Carbs
41g
14%
Vitamin A
405µg
45%
Vitamin B6
0.5mg
26.9%
Vitamin C
49mg
82%
Vitamin E
6mg
28%
Vitamin K
163µg
100%
Calcium
229mg
23%
Fiber
19g
75%
Folate (food)
164µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
158µg
40%
Iron
5mg
29%
Magnesium
196mg
49%
Monounsaturated
27g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
23%
Phosphorus
427mg
61%
Polyunsaturated
9g
N/A
Potassium
1577mg
45%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
15.4%
Sodium
902mg
38%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
21.5%
Zinc
3mg
22%

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