Sometimes simple ingredients make the best recipes.
This is a recipe a friend introduced to me a long time ago for side salads with dinner. I was amazed at how easy it was, and how delicious these flavors all came together! Not that I should be surprised, because garlic and avocado are great with just about anything.
I put my own spin on this recipe by adding in quinoa to give it a little bit of texture and extra protein. The introduction of quinoa to our grocery list might be my favorite part about our new Paleo eating habits. I used to be convinced that quinoa was too expensive to fit in our budget, so we NEVER bought it. Our last trip to Costco was the first all Paleo trip, which meant we weren’t buying cheese or yogurt in bulk. It’s truly disgusting the amount of cheese we used to buy, freals! Like, at least five pounds at every trip. It’s seriously laughable! I don’t even live in Wisconsin anymore, and I’m pretty sure I never bought that much cheese when I did. Skipping cheese, bread and crackers at the grocery has saved us a lot of money, and allowed us to buy better quality whole foods like quinoa. The four pound bag for $16 I got has lasted all month long, and then some. Very wise decision.
As was the decision to throw in a cup of quinoa with this salad!
Quinoa and Avocado Romaine Salad
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 2 avocados
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- fresh ground salt and pepper to taste (sort of a lot)
- Rinse and finely chop romaine lettuce. Add to a large bowl with a lid.
- Slice avocados in half, and cube. Scoop out of skin and add to bowl.
- Add minced garlic, quinoa and seasonings.
- Cover the bowl and shake to completely coat with oil and seasonings.
- Serve as a side salad or with grilled chicken!
I recommend a taste test for the salad before putting it out at the dinner table. Depending on how much lettuce you’re using, you may need more or less seasoning. This is one of those annoying recipes where you kinda have to eyeball-it. This recipe is simple enough though, I’m certain that you’ll pull it off with style.