winter salad with cucumber, avo, blue cheese and micro crimson leaves

avocado, cucumber, blue cheese salad with beetroot micro leaf

This salad is packed with flavour and texture – fresh cucumber, silky avo, salty blue cheese and earthy baby beetroot leaves.

Salads in general are hardly the most sought after meal in the middle of winter and when we had a storm like last night raging on outside. I prefer to get my green quotient through roasted vegetables, or in warm comforting soups.

However after what feels like over a  month of solid soup eating, I was craving the texture and the freshness of raw vegetables. With avocado’s in full season and spilling out of my fruit bowl, I wanted to use them of course.

I love the flavour combination of cucumber and blue cheese. An avo and blue cheese combo always rocks, and I just happened to have a pack of beautiful micro crimson leaves from Woolies. Red chard, beetroot and mustard. The exquisite flavour of beetroot transferring so strongly through these tiny shoots.

avo, cucumber, blue cheese salad with beetroot

There was quite a lot of flavour going on with this salad – so in lieu of a dressing I simply drizzled olive oil and sprinkled salt and black pepper.

To make this salad, shave ribbons of cucumber from the length of an English cucumber. Crumble blue cheese over slices of avo and sprinkle over the micro leaves.

I’m a big fan of beetroot so if I didn’t have these leaves, I would have added chopped up cooled roasted beetroot.

avo, cucumber, blue cheese salad with beetroot

Here’s my salad with pickled beetroot:

pickled beetroot salad with goats cheese – orange & maple vinaigrette

 

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6 Responses to winter salad with cucumber, avo, blue cheese and micro crimson leaves

  1. Zirkie July 4, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    The salad looks lovely on that blue plate!

  2. Gina July 5, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    These salad look so good.I love this one. gina

  3. Ronelle July 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    I also want to comment on the salad. Haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like something I have been looking for.
    Ways to eat cucumber that isn’t traditional, but breaks the smooth texture and taste a bit. Kids love cucumber, but they can eat only so many cucumber sticks. What other ideas do you have?

  4. Sam July 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Thanks Ronelle

  5. Sam July 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    I love to shave them into ribbons or simply slice. They are nice to lightly pickled or chopped up into a salsa or tuna salad.

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