Summertime Salad Recipe: Avocado, Walnut and Crispy Bacon

Summer is just around the corner and, sometimes, it is too hot to eat.  So I make salads a lot for lunch and dinner.  Being someone who takes care of a diabetic aunt, I do my best to watch what I eat to stay healthy as possible.  Since we have an avocado tree in our front yard, I figured to find a recipe using avocado in salads.

big salad
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Here's a good one below:

7oz/200 g rindless bacon, chopped
½ cup walnut haves, roughly chopped
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lime juice
sale and ground black pepper
6oz/150g baby spinach, trimmed and washed
3 ripe Roma (egg) tomatoes, diced
1 large ripe avocado, halved, peeled, seed removed and sliced
1 small red onion, very thinly sliced

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 8 minutes
Serves: 4


I cook the bacon first in a non-stick frying pan.  Then, drain as much oil from it as possible and set aside to cool. Next, pan fry the walnuts until they're lightly toasted.

Now for the lime dressing, add oil and lime juice to pan. Add and stir salt and pepper to taste.

To complete the salad, combine spinach, tomatoes, avocado, onion, bacon, and walnuts in a large serving bowl.  Serve immediately.

I love Avocado because it tastes great.  Also, it's fiber rich and an excellent source of monounsaturated fat. But for those trying to lose weight, keep in mind that a single avocado is over 300 calories and 30 grams of fat.

Not to mention that I love the flavor of bacon.  I know they're bad when eaten in large quantities because of the salt and fat, but from time to time, I indulge.

Avocado Salad with Lemon, Bacon & Watercress
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