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Recipe: Avocado and Watermelon Salad

Enjoy the tastes of summer with our Avocado and Watermelon Salad.

Ingredients

  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups mesclun mix, or other tender salad greens
  • 2 oz. queso fresco, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted, rinsed and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • Black pepper to taste
Ripe avocados.

When is an avocado ripe?

Peel back the stem of the avocado. If the stem does not peel away easily, it isn't yet ripe. If the area around the stem is green, the avocado is likely creamy and ready to eat. If the stem area is brown, the avocado is likely overripe with browning on the inside. If you plan to use the avocado in a few days, buy it unripe and ripen it at home. Just place it in a brown paper bag and check daily until it begins to yield to slight pressure. Do not refrigerate.

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, gently toss the radishes, salad greens and cheese with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and vinegar. Arrange greens on a large serving platter or 4 individual plates.
  2. Very gently, combine the watermelon and olives, dividing the mixture evenly over the lettuce. Sprinkle avocado cubes on top.
  3. Drizzle the remaining olive oil and vinegar over the salad and sprinkle with black pepper.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutritional information

Per serving: 289 calories | 22.6g total fat | 6.1g protein | 20.5g carbohydrate | 6.5g dietary fiber | 10mg cholesterol | 201.6mg sodium | 11.8g sugar | 135.8mg calcium

Avocado sliced in half.

Fresh ideas and substitutions for avocados

Substitute pureed avocado with a squeeze of lime or lemon, for mayonnaise in tuna or chicken salad. For a new take on deviled eggs, combine mashed avocado with half of the egg yolks. Add some smoked trout and scallions to get more protein. Mix equal parts Greek yogurt and mashed avocado with chopped basil or mint for a delicious burger topping. Puree half an avocado, 1/2 cup vegetable stock, 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese and juice from half a lemon for a quick and easy pasta sauce. Add spring peas and julienned prosciutto. Make a great bagel spread by blending equal parts mashed avocado and low-fat cream cheese with a touch of cayenne pepper. Top with toasted, chopped almonds.

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