Saturday Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Saturday-SaladFriday, we start “refrigerator management,” our ritual to unearth mismatched or unplanned-for things in the fridge and figure out meals to use them up. We don’t waste food, including leftovers. I grocery shop once a week, that’s it.

One Saturday breakfast, I started plotting lunch (one TRUE mark of a “foodie” is we often start thinking about the next meal while still eating the current one). The fridge had enough for a beautiful salad, with a little pre-planning.

Hard-cooked the last few eggs; this machine makes it foolproof. Microwaved remaining carrots, dunked them in ice water and put in fridge. Cleaned romaine to crisp it up. Then took a 3 mile walk.

Back home, began the OTHER ritual — “throwing the cat out.” She’s a young cat, full of energy, so throughout the day we try to burn her out a bit by shoving her outside via this door, then that one, and she makes her way back inside through the doggy door, requiring several fence-jumps. When she’s in, she wants out. And as you can see in my photo, when out, she wants to be in.

Saturday Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing


  • 1/2 avocado
  • oil from jar of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 drops Tabasco hot sauce
  • freshly ground pepper
  • salt to taste

Place all in a blender and whirl until creamy.  Refrigerate until use.


These are the ingredients discovered during my Refrigerator Management survey. You can pretty much toss together anything you find that is salad-worthy:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Cooked carrots
  • Radish slices
  • Hard cooked eggs, quartered
  • The other half of the avocado
  • Marinated artichoke hearts (jar)


Got buttermilk? Try Recipe Girl’s Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing.

The Pink Apron has a lighter idea: Spinach Salad with Poached Pears.

With summer coming, Fire and Ice Salad from Deep South Dish is on my radar range.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna May 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

I love salads that have a mix of all goodies, and great idea the avocado dressing. Looks beautiful, you have a lovely site, I’m glad I found you.

2 Mark May 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

This looks incredible!

3 Simply Life May 1, 2010 at 3:41 am

Oh that salad looks great!

4 Worth The Whisk April 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Gwen, I always order salads like this in restaurants. AND make them at home. Gotta love salad.

5 bunkycooks April 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

This is my kind of salad…chock full of goodies! I am sure the dressing is really delicious with the salad. Will have to try your recipe.

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