Deconstructed Guacamole Salad

Do you guys know what tomorrow is? Cinco de Mayo! I know it’s also the Kentucky Derby, but I made this salad for Chris and I before we left for Florida last week. I thought it was a perfect dish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! A salad on Cinco de Mayo means less guilt when having a margarita! (A salad on Derby Day means less guilt when having a mint julep too!)

I frequently eat a salad for lunch. So, if I am committing to having one for dinner, then it needs to have a little something extra going on. In order to make this salad “dinner-worthy,” I roasted the tomatoes, sautéed the onions, and made a Honey Lime Vinaigrette with Cilantro.

To make two of my Deconstructed Guacamole Salads you need the following: 1 cup of grape tomatoes, 1/4 yellow onion, 4 cups (or handfuls) of spinach, 1 avocado, 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, olive oil cooking spray, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper (not pictured).

For the dressing, you need: 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 minced garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon of diced jalapeño, and 1 tablespoon of cilantro.

We want to begin by making the Honey Lime Vinaigrette with Cilantro, so the flavors can meld together.  Start off by dicing your jalapeño pepper.  I left out half of the seeds from the section I diced to add to the vinaigrette for spice, but you can leave more out for less heat.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of diced jalapeño, 1/2 of a minced garlic clove, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a small bowl or jar. Next add 1 tablespoon of honey.

Finally add 2 tablespoons of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro.

Mix to combine, and set aside.

Now lets move on to the salad. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice one cup of grape tomatoes in half. Add tomatoes to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Spray your tomatoes with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Place the pan in the oven and roast for about 10 minutes. In the mean time, cut 1/4 of a yellow onion into rounds. Add to a pan and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Saute over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes.

Remove your tomatoes from the oven. They will be soft, but should maintain their shape.

Once your onion is soft and brown with a little char, remove from the heat.

Before adding the onions and tomatoes, toss 4 cups of spinach with half of the Honey Lime Vinaigrette. Add the spinach to a plate, then top with the roasted tomatoes and sautéed onions.

Add a few crushed tortilla chips as croutons, then finally, top each salad with 1/2 of an avocado. I fanned mine, meaning you remove the pitted avocado with a spoon and then slice it lengthwise, leaving a small part connected at the top so that the finished avocado will “fan out” along the salad. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and enjoy!!!

Deconstructed Guacamole Salad Print this Recipe!
Makes 2 Salads

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 yellow onion
1 avocado
4 cups spinach
1/2 cup tortilla chips, crushed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. olive oil
Olive oil cooking spray

Honey Lime Vinaigrette with Cilantro
Makes enough for 2 salads

2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. jalapeño, diced
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

To make the vinaigrette:
Dice jalapeño, removing seeds for less heat if desired. Add jalapeño, minced garlic, olive oil, honey, lime juice, and chopped cilantro to a small bowl or jar. Mix and set aside.

For the salad:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray and add halved grape tomatoes. Spray tomatoes with olive oil cooking spray, and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. of salt and 1/4 tsp. of pepper. Add pan to the oven and allow to roast for 10 minutes.

Next, chop the onion into rounds and add to a sauté pan with 1 tsp. of olive oil. Saute onion over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes.

Remove tomatoes from the oven, and the onions from the heat. Toss 4 cups of spinach with half of the Honey Lime Vinaigrette with Cilantro. Add to plates and then top with the roasted tomatoes and sautéed onions. Top each salad with crushed tortilla chips and a “fanned” avocado half. Drizzle with remaining dressing and serve.

Enjoy!

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