In the west we eat salad all summer long and never get tired of tasty summer salads. If you’re looking to lose weight, salads are bound to be a big part of your life. Luckily, there’s no better season than summer to enjoy the bounty of produce the season has to offer! They are perfect for summer picnics, barbecues, pool parties, or every day light eating!

This time of year try a Summer Citrus Avocado Salad filled with fresh blackberries, avocado, spicy arugula and vibrant citrus then finished with a Citrus Vinaigrette. This salad is light, refreshing, low calorie, and takes minutes to make!

Try this refreshingly light salad that I KNOW you are going to adore! This may have become my new favorite! It is filled with citrus flavor! From fresh navel oranges to juice sweet blood oranges, and then a fresh taste of extra virgin olive oil to push it over the top … you’ll fall in love! Then to compliment all the citrus flavors I’ve added crunchy jicama, creamy avocado, and tart blackberries for the best bite this spring and summer!

This salad would pair perfectly with a light fish dish, like a Honey Mustard Pecan Crusted Salmon, or a juicy Grilled Chicken dish. Whichever path you might choose this salad a must. Obviously for a light tasty lunch serve it by itself. Or try this salad topped with salmon or tuna for a healthful dinner.

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Les Kincaid

Summer Orange Avocado Salad

4 cups arugula

1/2 cup blackberries

1/3 cup diced jicama

2 navel oranges, segmented

1 blood orange, sliced or segmented

1 avocado, sliced

Orange Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

salt & pepper to taste

In a large bowl, add arugula, blackberries, jicama, segmented oranges, blood orange, and avocado.

In a small bowl, add orange juice, lemon juice, citrus olive oil, honey, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste. Whisk together until smooth.

Yield: 4 servings