I think I've confessed this before but I'm going to do it again because I think it's important to know that everyone doesn't just like healthy things. Some of us work hard on it.
Avocado and I have been on an interesting journey.
When I was a child I don't remember even seeing avocados. Maybe it's because I grew up in the Northeast and they just weren't popular there in the '80s?? But I literally have ZERO avocado memories. When I went away to college, guacamole seemed to be all the rage and it grossed. me. out. It was green and weird and lumpy.
Why would ANYONE eat that?
When I had Ryan in 2005 I started to incorporate healthier foods into our diet. That's when I bought my first avocado. He was maybe 18 months at the time. We cubed it up, tried it together and...
The texture actually made us both gag.
Then came Evan.
Their nutritional profile and texture make it a such great baby food, so I decided to try again with him. Glad I did -- he loved them simply mashed. He still eats plain cubed avocado 1-2 days a week.
Ryan isn't as adventurous with it but will tolerate avocado in things like tacos. I, on the other hand have been slowly converted. I don't think I could eat plain cubes still but in a salad like this their creamy texture really shines and I love it! Especially balanced with the crunch of some fresh cucumbers.
Here's what I did...
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon dried mint
- 1 lime
- 1 healthy pinch of salt
- ½ avocado, cut into chunks
- 2 mini cucumbers, sliced
Put the maple syrup and mint in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients. Zest the lime and squeeze the juice into the bowl. If you don't have a lime about a tablespoon and a half of bottled lime juice should be fine. Add salt and whisk.
Add the avocado and cucumber to the bowl. Toss to coat everything.
I poured it on a plate and enjoyed it as a snack...
...but it would make a great side dish to some chicken tenders or even grilled fish.
Hope you like it or are inspired to try something new. 🙂
The Simplest, Tastiest Cucumber and Avocado Salad Ever!
- Put the maple syrup and mint in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients. Zest the lime and squeeze the juice into the bowl. If you don't have a lime about a tablespoon and a half of bottled lime juice should be fine. Add salt and whisk.½ tablespoon maple syrup, ¼ teaspoon dried mint, 1 lime, 1 healthy pinch of salt
- Add the avocado and cucumber to the bowl. Toss to coat everything.½ avocado, 2 mini cucumbers