Avocado Pine Nut Salad

I’ve been making this Avocado Pine Nut Salad for YEARS. First discovered at my sister’s house eons ago while plowing through her loads of community cookbooks, this has since become a classic family favorite.

It’s a simple salad with a short list of ingredients.  The dressing is tangy and and delicious!  Watch the short video showing you how to make this Avocado Pine Nut Salad, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make it at home.

Avocado Pine Nut Salad recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Need a great salad for a potluck? This is it. Need a salad that most people will eat? I’ve got you covered.  Need a new side salad for dinner because you’re tired of the same old thing? This is the one.

It’s simple, and it’s darn good. Many in my extended family and network of friends have now incorporated this salad into their meal rotations. It’s that good!  Add grilled chicken to make this a main dish salad.

Avocado Pine Nut Salad recipe from RecipeGirl.com

This has been my family’s favorite salad recipe for years and years. Every family gathering we have, this salad makes an appearance!  And every event you bring it to, everyone will ask you for the recipe!

Tip:  to quickly toast the pine nuts, just put them in a small fry pan over medium heat.  Watch them closely, and use a wooden spoon to move them around until they are lightly toasted.  Be careful- they’ll burn if you don’t tend to them!  Pour them onto a paper towel to cool before adding them to your salad.

Avocado Pine Nut Salad

Yield: 8 Servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Ingredients:

DRESSING:

  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

SALAD:

  • 2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 large avocado, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Directions:
  1. Place dressing ingredients in shaker jar. Shake well (or whisk in a bowl) and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Add salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss with the chilled dressing (add a little at a time until you have used a desired amount).
  3. Serve immediately.
Tips:
  • An easy way to roast raw pine nuts is to dry roast them in a heated saucepan, stirring often so that they do not burn (they burn easily if not watched).
  • Grill some chicken and marinate it in the salad dressing for a great summer, main-dish salad!
Nutrition:
  • Nutritional Information per serving (Serving size: 1/8th of the salad) Calories: 179, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Fiber: 6.25g, Protein: 5g, Cholesterol: 2.5mg, Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS per serving:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 4, Points Plus Program: 5, Old Points Program: 5.5
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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