Recipe: Avocado Strawberry Caprese Salad (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

Okay the people who are like “Mmm yes dahling balsamic reduction” as if it’s some kind of delicate culinary masterpiece are FULL OF IT because it was so easy to make. I felt v sophisticated, and you can, too. You can also, like me, dance around the kitchen to Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff, wave around a spatula as a dancing accoutrement, and then hit yourself in the eye with a flying drop of balsamic vinaigrette reduction.*

This salad is perfect for summer in it’s ingredients, of course, but also in it’s simplicity. It’s crunchy, tart, sweet, addicting, and, perhaps most importantly, easy to make.

Ingredients

1/3 c balsamic vinegar
1 c strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 c grape tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, pitted and diced
1/3 c loosely packed basil leaves, chiffonade cut
1 1/2 t olive oil
Himalayan pink salt
 (or regular sea salt) to taste
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 T toasted sesame seeds
1 T chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Bring vinegar to a simmer over medium heat in a small saucepan, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for ten minutes, uncovered, until it thickens and reduces in volume by about half. Set aside.
  2. Add strawberries, tomatoes, avocado, and basil to a large, shallow bowl for serving.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on salad and gently toss until just coated.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and briefly toss again.
  5. Top with sesame seeds and pecans.
  6. Finally, drizzle all balsamic reduction over the salad.
  7. Serve immediately – best enjoyed fresh!

Serves two.

Look, not everything I make is awesome, so I’m gonna start giving you my honest opinion. Avocado Strawberry Caprese Salad: 10/10

*Just kidding about that last bit, my eyes are fine. But if that did happen, I wouldn’t mind. I’d do it for Donna.

Adapted from Avocado Strawberry Caprese.


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Recipe: Coleslaw

It’s 4th of July weekend, and you know what goes well with burgers, fireworks, and independence? COLESLAW. Trick all the Ricks in your life and bring this tasty vegan slaw to share at a cook out. Or, make it and keep it all to yourself. This is a judgment free zone.

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Ingredients

1 head of green cabbage
1 carrot
1 c organic Vegenaise
2 T coconut milk
2 T white vinegar
2 T cane sugar
1/2 t sea salt
1 t black pepper
1/2 t celery salt

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Never underestimate the power of a sad looking carrot in the bottom of your vegetable crisper. It may no longer be a crunchy, raw delight but it can be roasted. It can be baked into a cake. It can be shredded into slaw. It can be born again, honey!

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  1. Shred the cabbage and carrot in a food processor, or chop coarsely by hand.
  2. In the serving bowl, combine the Vegenaise, milk, vinegar, sugar, sea salt, pepper, and celery salt.
  3. Stir the cabbage / carrot mixture into the dressing until well combined. Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately.

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Serves eight.

Adapted from Cabbage Slaw Recipe.