Blood Orange and Avocado Salad with Garlic and Herb Croutons and Bruschetta Dressing

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I’ve had a bad month of too many treats that have become a little more than treats. I had a little indulgence over Christmas which became ‘just one more day’, to become a whole month.

Now as the month of January comes to an end as as the Chinese New Year begins, it seems like the perfect point to get back on track and take better care of my body.

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This began with this gorgeous salad which was a simple concoction of everything I fancied in a bowl and it turned out to be the best salad I have ever made.

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I’m not a natural salad eater, I think, in part to growing up eating boring salads of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber, but I have realised that with a little experimentation, a good mix of textures and a flavoursome dressing, salads can be an exciting, gourmet meal. Plus, you can have loads of food for few calories.

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On another note, you may have noticed a few slight changes to the blog. I have decided to remove the Poppy’s Patisserie part of the name to make it just ‘Bunny Kitchen’. I think this is natural progression. When I first started this blog 3 years ago, it was calledย Poppy’s Patisserie with a focus of documenting my baking and vegetarian dishes. Now the ethos has changed somewhat, with a focus on vegan foods, not limited to baking, and the inclusion of anything related to veganism, animal rights and even DIY. I no longer felt that the title Poppy’s Patisserie reflected the content but that Bunny Kitchen alone was perfect. Besides, it’s less of a mouthful!

Also, I have finally (kind of) faced my Facebook fears and set up a profile and a Bunny Kitchen Facebook page! I freaked out a little when I clicked on my profile to see my phone number displayed to the world and that it seemed to know EVERYTHING about me! But I ploughed on and I’m hoping it will be an exciting new way of connecting with you all. So, if you could, please help me with my Facebook confidence issue by liking my page and being my friendย ๐Ÿ™‚ .

So, enough of the updates, now for the recipe.

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 1 tsp oil (I used almond)
  • 1 clove of garlic (or garlic powder)
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • 50g bread, cubed (about 1 slice)
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach, raw (about 75g)
  • 1/4 of a cucumber, sliced into rounds (about 90g)
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1 blood orange, peeled with ย knife and segmented
  • 2 tbsp pepper bruschetta dip, red pepper pesto or salsa
  • 1 avocado, halved and sliced

Method:

  1. Heat the oil over a medium heat, add the garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper then add the bread cubes. Keep tossing for a few minutes until golden all over.
  2. Meanwhile, add the spinach, cucumber, spring onions and orange segments to a large bowl. Squeeze the remaining juice from the orange pulp into the bruschetta dip, pesto or salsa and mix to loosen adding a drop of water if necessary too get a dressing consistency. Toss half of the dressing with the salad.
  3. Add to the serving bowl and top with the avocado slices, croutons and drizzle over the remaining dressing.

Calorie Count :: New Recipe

Nutritional Benefits

Noย cholesterol
High inย dietary fiber
Very high inย vitamin A
High inย vitamin B6
Very high inย vitamin C
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51 Responses to Blood Orange and Avocado Salad with Garlic and Herb Croutons and Bruschetta Dressing

  1. That salad looks and sounds great!

  2. I will be happy to click on your FB link and be your friend.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What a wonderful salad… so simple, but filled with huge flavor!! A perfect lunch or dinner!! Oh who am I kidding? I’d even eat it for breakfast!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. theedgeofveg says:

    Mmm, I absolutely love avocados in anything and everything–this looks so good!

  4. amoyer2013 says:

    Hopping good, bunny!

  5. Serena says:

    I am absolutely ADDICTED to avocados! This looks great!

  6. I’ve been eating too many treats too! I thought I’d just let it slide through December, now January is almost done and I’m still too indulgent.

    • Poppy says:

      Yes, I’m with you Holly! It’s hard to get back on track when you’ve allowed yourself some ‘time off’…Now the pyjamas feel tighter, I know I need to reel it in! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. When I saw bunny kitchen in my reader I thought, That’s new! And then when I came to the page I thought, oh good, she changed the name! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not big into sweets, so I prefer the bunny kitchen. It’s adorable.

    Nice salad! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. A girl after my own heart…and yes, “boooo” to those iceburg lettuce salads of the seventies and eighties ;( When I’m done with a salad I make for my dinner it looks more like a salad bar I get so many ingredients on there.
    LOVE the homemade croutons and they’re so easy to fry up instead of store bought. The orange in your salad goes without saying if you know my site at all. I’m a huge citrus fan with dressings. Looks like a perfect salad to me Poppy!

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Angela! I only discovered fruity salads last year and this was my first time using orange which was amazingly fresh and delicious! I really need to use it more, I’m coming to check out some of your dressings!
      ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. The New Loaf says:

    Looks delicious (and I hear you about the over-indulgence over holidays turning into “one more day”). The salad looks like a great return to healthy eating.

    • Poppy says:

      I’m glad I’m not alone there! It certainly was a great way to get back to healthy eating and didn’t at all make me feel like I was embarking on a journey of deprivation ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. afellowsapient says:

    OMG! Looks fabulous. Avocado love!

  11. janettefox says:

    Reblogged this on Foodie Fox and commented:
    Vegetarians, here you go. I’m no vegetarian but I will surely try this, too.

  12. Oh that looks amazing Poppy! I love anything with avocado!

  13. Adrian Lupsa says:

    I’m delighted to find a new way to use avocado. I often do guacamole and this recipe seems to be a great alternative. Thanks for sharing, Poppy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. sophiazerg says:

    Gorgeous salad, Poppy! This coming from the only vegetarian on earth who doesn’t like avocado! I know, it’s crazy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’ll connect with you on facebook! Welcome to the biggest time waster haha!
    Sophia ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Poppy says:

      Oh my gosh! Mind you, I know a few people who are really grossed out by avocado, the texture maybe isn’t for everyone? The real star here is the orange, I’m so glad I discovered putting fruit in salads last year!

      I had facebook years ago and managed to reactivate the old account after I’d already created a new one, it was all very confusing and very different to how it was 7 years ago! I’ve already found myself ogling recipes when I should be working – maybe I should write myself a note about that too! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • That’s exactly it for me, I don’t like the texture. I love guacomole or avocado hidden in recipes but can’t deal with the texture of it raw. ๐Ÿ™‚
        You can definitely get lost on facebook, I end up on people’s pages whom I don’t even know! Haha, more notes…

      • Poppy says:

        Yep, it’s happened, I have officially experienced getting lost on facebook!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Wow–this looks fresh and savory all at once. Delicious.

  16. It looks like summer in a bowl! Looks yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. ZazaCook says:

    I love avocados! Your salad looks really delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. mostlymisfit says:

    This looks so lovely. I wish I could just reach out a taste some right through my screen. ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Sophie33 says:

    I just made this glorious winning salad & it was divine, really appetizing too!!Thanks too! X

  20. Nikki Spigner says:

    This is EXACTLY what I want my salad to look like!! I have several avocados just WAITING to get ripe and be in this glorious recipe. Thanks so much!

  21. piyushpujara says:

    really very nice blog..
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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