Summer sunshine salad

It’s officially hurricane season. The past couple of days have been seriously rainy and dreary leaving me craving something bright and cheery. So naturally, I went straight to the kitchen. I was inspired by the special delivery we received on Wednesday morning from Absolute Organics, a home delivery service of organic produce. If you live in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, you should check it out! We received a fresh head of lettuce, blueberries, squash, apples, cucumbers, bananas, and much more! Seriously cool (& organic!)ImageWith all this fresh produce in the house, making anything other than a salad was out of the question. After a quick look in the fridge I decided to make a homemade honey cilantro dressing as well!


Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. Italian dressing
  • dash of lemon pepper


After a quick spin in the food processor, the dressing was all ready! Sidenote: if you’re not a fan of cilantro, this is not the dressing for you! It’s seriously flavorful & I love it, but it’s got a very bold flavor that can be overwhelming if you’re not a cilantro lover. On the other hand, if you love cilantro, add more than 1/4 cup to the recipe to make pop with even more flavor!

Salad Ingredients 

  • 2 c. sliced lettuce
  • 2 whole strawberries
  • 1/4 c. blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced



After a quick bath for the lettuce and fruit and a slice of the strawberries and avocado, this colorful salad was ready to be devoured! And that it was…



11 thoughts on “Summer sunshine salad

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  2. Even if someone isn’t a cilantro lover, wouldn’t it work to replace the cilantro with parsley?

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  4. For the Italian salad dressing, are you talking about the bottled stuff, and if
    So, any suggestions on a substitute?

  5. What’s a good alternative dressing to use with this salad, maybe you have suggestions for both something homemade or store bought?

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