Avocado Mandarin Salad
1 5oz. bag of salad mix (I use the Spring Mix) or just use any greens you like
1 very ripe avocado (make sure its nice and soft)
1/2 cup of crushed walnuts or almond slivers
1 15oz can of mandarins (this recipe tastes so much better if you used the canned mandarins)
If you want to candy the nuts, you will need: sugar or sweetener of choice and vegan margarine to taste ( roughly a tablespoon of each)
This is a very loose recipe, you can try different things and add more or less to your taste. Try different nuts, different greens, less or more mandarins, different fruit.
1. First cup the avocado in half, pull the seed out, and scoop all of the avocado out into a large bowl. Mash the avocado up until there are no chunks left, so its like guacamole.
2. Add the salad a little bit at a time, mixing it up until all of the salad is coated. This is where you will learn how much salad you like to use.
3. Open the can of mandarins and pour just a dash of the juice into the salad just to add some sweetener and moisture. Then drain the rest of the juice into the sink and put the mandarins in the salad. mix well, but not too roughly or you'll rip the mandarins up.
4. I prefer candied walnuts in this recipe because its so sweet and yummy, but if you want this to not have so much vegan sugar, just add the crushed nuts and mix and serve. If you do want to candy them its easy. Heat the margarine until its melted in a small pot on the stove. Add the vegan sugar until dissolved, and then add the nuts, mixing until their coated. Be careful because the mixture gets really hot and if it gets on your skin its not pleasant:) Once its all mixed take it off the stove and let it cool down. If there's too much mixture you can scoop some of the goo out. Once its cool, add it to the salad and enjoy!
The serving size varies. If you're eating it for lunch then its more of a two person thing. If its with a big dinner than it can be split up between more people.