Avocado and Romaine Salad with Walnuts

Cool, crispy romaine, smooth avocados and toasty walnuts are dressed with a Dijon mustard vinaigrette in this easy salad.

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Late weekend afternoons spent soaking up the sun in the backyard recently has made me realize how a simple change of environment can alter your perspective.

My pace is more leisurely, and my mood greatly improved within minutes of settling into my chair with my stack of magazines, my book and crossword puzzles. Avocado and Romaine Salad with Walnuts 4 Avocado and Romaine Salad with Walnuts

This is what I love about the season; all the time spent outdoors.  I’ve taken to eating my meals outdoors as frequently as possible as well.  While my al fresco meal of choice will always be an evening picnic at the beach, even a quick meal piled onto a tray and taken to the backyard becomes something special this time of year.

This summertime romaine and avocado salad is a recent example of the type of meal that begs to be enjoyed outdoors.  It brings together a delicate balance of light yet rich flavors and crunchy and creamy textures.

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It’s swiftly becoming our new house salad and it couldn’t be easier to make. It all starts with fresh, crisp hearts of romaine and ripe buttery avocados which make a delicious team in this salad.

Leafy crispy romaine is torn into coarse bites and tossed with a lively mustard vinaigrette; then luscious, creamy avocado slices join the mix along with fresh chives and lightly toasted walnuts.

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The dressing is classically French in nature, made with finely chopped shallots, Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar I usually do two parts olive oil to one part vinegar and a good dose of mustard since I like it nice and spicy but you can make it mellower by increasing the oil and reducing the mustard.

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What results is a bright, kicky dressing and an effortless salad with lively layers of cool romaine, smooth avocado flesh and toasty walnuts, just the thing for a leisurely outdoor lunch or light dinner.

Avocado and Romaine Salad with Walnuts Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serves 4

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A bright, kicky dressing and an effortless salad with lively layers of cool romaine, smooth avocado flesh and toasty walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons/ 30ml white wine or champagne vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh shallots, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons/ 60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 romaine hearts (1 pound), torn into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 avocados, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup/ 28g walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar with the shallots and mustard.
  2. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until incorporated and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the romaine, chives and sliced avocados, toss well.
  4. Top with toasted walnuts and serve.

Notes

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo

http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/2012/avocado-romaine-walnut-salad/

What’s your favorite outdoor meal?

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  1. says

    Gorgeous salad and styling…so pretty, Sylvie! Those avocados are avocado commission board perfect, too! Wow! You wasted no time opening them and then capturing them..not a hint of brown anywhere!

  2. Eha says

    My favourite ingredients and a very interesting vinaigrette – actually in Oz winter is the avocado season and romaine easily available – so why wait for summer? Am having at least one salad daily, freezing weather outside or not :) !

  3. says

    LOL…I have salads on the brain right now {wink} Sylvie this is a gorgeous salad, simple straight forward flavors, perfect! Cold grain salads mixed with veggies are a summer stable for us.

  4. says

    This is totally my kind of salad, I love it! And strangely enough my favourite outdoor meal would be something like this; I love fresh salads on warm days! Love, love your photography too.

  5. says

    Hi Sylvie, That shot of the avocados (2nd one) is gorgeous! I love how neatly and perfectly it’s cut and your photo does full justice to these green beauties. The 3rd and 4th shot are also super!!

  6. says

    Sylvie, your avocados are lovely. What a brilliant photo. (I pin so many of your photos onto my food styling board.)
    I love a simple salad like this. Elegant.

  7. says

    I love the mix of the crisp lettuce with crunch nuts and lettuce. We have been enjoying Romaine daily lately. It is so perfect with this hot weather.

  8. says

    This is absolutely my kind of salad-simple, healthy, delicious, and made with ingredients I usually have on hand! Suddenly I’m craving a little afternoon sun :-). I hope you’re having a wonderful summer Sylvie!

  9. says

    I’ve currently started a love affair with avocadoes as it’s one of Hassan’s first food. The last love affair was when Maryam started eating solids!!! And I now realise how much I miss them. Currently my favorite outdoor meal is litte finger sandwiches that we can eat out by the pool in our apartment :)

  10. says

    I make a variation of this vinaigrette and really do think it’s heavenly especially when paired with avocados. I never tire of it. Next time I’ll prepare my salad just the way you’ve done here–I know I’d be very happy with it.

  11. says

    To be honest with you, I’m getting hungry by just your gorgeous photos of ingredients! So fresh and very appetizing!! Of course, the salad… I have everything in my kitchen too so it’s really easy to just start preparing…but only it’s midnight now. :-) Thank you for this recipe Sylvie!

  12. says

    Loving this in every way. However with the weather we are having right now it’s more like soup we need to keep warm! Love the freshness here!

  13. says

    Beautiful photos. This is a common salad in our house as well. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of low-fat mayonnaise to the dressing to make it creamy and toss some crumbled bacon into the salad. That and some crusty bread is sometimes all we want for dinner in the summer.

  14. says

    My favorite outdoor meal is always the one I’m currently eating outside. I love to eat outside all summer long too. Coffee in the morning when it’s cool and the birds are chirping away is idyllic and evenings with friends and a simple grilled dinner with salad is one of the highlights of summer for me.

    I might have overdone romaine year once I started grilling it (yes and it’s WONDERFUL!) but this one is right up my alley. Simple with some great flavors. Yum is the word.

  15. says

    the pics are stunning Sylvie. in the second pic the avocados are so neatly sliced and look gorgeous.

    as late as it can be i also read your food photography posts today and you have done a commendable job.

  16. Carolyn A says

    I’ve made this salad at least three times since I found it last week. Absolutely delicious. I used white balsamic vinegar instead of the white wine vinegar.

  17. says

    Sylvie, you can always turn anything simple to be really elegant and extraordinary. I love the combination of this salad, the crispiness of romaine and the creaminess of avocado and the crunch and tang of walnut. Just what i need to enjoy the summer heat. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Anne says

    This salad is delicious! I love the dressing! I made it exactly as directed except I didn’t take the time to roast the walnuts which I’m sure would make it even better. The modifications are endless. I think it would be grest with garbanzos, mushrooms, and of course, goat cheese!

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