New Year’s Avocado Bean Salad

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Ingredients:
2 avocados (sliced)
1 (10 oz.) can of chick peas (drained and rinsed)
1 (10 oz.) can of corn (drained)
1 (10 oz.) can of red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 green bell pepper (sliced)
1 red bell pepper (sliced)
1 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
1. In a large bowl add all ingredients, except olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
3. After an hour, add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well and serve.

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Arugula Avocado Salad With Homemade Yogurt Garlic Feta Dressing

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Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh arugula (rinsed and drained)

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 avocados cut into pieces

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Dressing Ingredients:

1 tbsp. chopped garlic (3 medium garlic cloves)
2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

1. Add all vegetables to one bowl.

2. In another bowl, mix dressing ingredients. (You may want to make the dressing an hour before serving)

Mr. C.’s Stuffed Tuna Avocados

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Ingredients:

1 large can (12 oz.) of tuna in olive oil. (chop up tuna)

2 tbsp. capers

3 tbsp. sweet pickle relish (* I buy a brand where the relish is a little more crunchy, than soft.)

3 large slices of sweet jarred peppers (minced)

1/4 cup of chopped kalamata olives (chopped)

2 hard boiled eggs (chopped)

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

1 tbsp. Dijon Mustard

a pinch of sea salt and black pepper

4 large avocados, cut in halves for stuffing

Directions:

  1. In a very large bowl, mix all ingredients, except the avocados.
  2. Stuff each avocado halve.

*If you don’t want to stuff avocados, serve with crusty bread or a sesame cracker.

 

Grilled Lime Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:
1 lb. medium shrimp (cleaned and tail left on)
1 lb. mixed greens
1 cup orange slices (cut into bite size pieces)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
2 avocados (sliced)
1 tsp. sea salt
2 limes (juiced)
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. chopped cilantro
Directions:
1. In a Ziploc bag, put raw shrimp, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and sea salt. *Let marinate overnight if possible.
2. Grill shrimp for 5-6 minutes. (Turn over half way.)
3. In a large bowl, put mixed greens. On top put orange slices, cherry tomatoes and avocados. Place shrimp on top.
*Serve with a vinaigrette dressing. *A honey vinaigrette is a good choice.

Arugula Tomato Salad With Fried Feta

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes (sliced)

1 small red onion (thinly sliced)

2 cups fresh arugula (rinsed/dried)

1 small can pitted black olives (drained)

8 oz. feta cheese (cut into cubes)

1 egg

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 tbsp. olive oil

Dressing:

3 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 lemon (juiced)

2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

1 1/2 tbsp. honey

pinch of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Dip feta cheese cubes into egg and then bread crumbs.
  2. In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. olive oil. When heated, add feta cheese. Cook on both sides for 2 minutes each and remove from skillet.
  3. On a large platter, spread out arugula. Put tomatoes, red onions and olives on top. (See photo.)
  4. Mix salad dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad.
  5. Top salad with fried feta.