Summer Salad with Avocado Dressing


Think of the best thing that could happen to you during a cross country move and then flush it down a toilet.


We arrived safely to North Carolina on schedule.


Our things, on the other hand, did not.


It was super duper. We slept in a Hampton Inn for a couple of nights (exceptional oatmeal, if I do say so myself) and then on an air mattress in our empty home for a few more. We had no couch so Topanga was forced to nap on the carpet like a plebeian and is still giving us the side eye for disrupting her routine so much. It was also neat to not have Β a washer/dryer and watch the dirty clothes piles reach new heights. I called the moving company every hour on the hour for days. I think they might be filing a restraining order on me, however my persistence is one of my top 18 qualities.


I also can’t find my coin collection and I am highly suspicious of the moving company who wants me dead.


Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4 salads


  • 6 cups of spinach
  • 1 package of tempeh, cubed
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 pint of heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ear of corn, shucked
  • 5-6 radishes, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp. of hemp hearts
  • 3 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Bring a salted pot of water to a boil
  • Add asparagus, cook 3 minutes, plunge in an ice bath, drain
  • Add asparagus + tomatoes + corn + radishes to a bowl with S+P and 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add 1 tbsp. of garlic, cook 1 minute
  • Add tempeh + S+P, cook 5-6 minutes or until crisp to your desire, set aside
  • To a food processor, combine avocado + remaining garlic + remaining lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P + 1/4 cup of water, process until smooth
  • To serve, place some spinach on a plate + top with quinoa + tempeh + veggies + hemp hearts + dressing
  • Spread leftover avocado dressing on flip flop + enjoy dessert

16 thoughts on “Summer Salad with Avocado Dressing

  1. Dana @ IveGotCake says:

    So THAT’S where you ended up!!
    Where in NC are you? There’s some great cities there!!
    And at least you can still cook and blog. Goodness!! If my shit wasn’t where I needed it to be, blogging would be the absolute LAST thing on my mind.


    • Rachel says:

      Yes ma’am!! East coast, beast coast…..??? We’re not far from Raleigh-Durham! We’re enjoying it so far despite the wicked heat. Sweating my behind off. & we were so bored, cooking up a bunch of ish seemed the only distraction πŸ˜€


      • Osyth says:

        That is SO low! When I moved to France they stole a terrible portrait of a naked woman with her thighs wrapped round what I always hoped was a cello because other possibilities gave me nightmares. Even though I actively hated it I was still beyond miffed and hold the grudge to this day ….. of course, this is where Karma steps in. Those coins will bring bad things to those people. Oh yes, they will. Ommmmmmm.

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  2. RobbyeFaye says:

    Don’t you hate moves, the movers tell you one thing, then proceed to do another quite contrary thing? I’m so sorry you are having these problems.
    On the plus side, this recipe looks delicious!


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