Michaela Best O'Malley

Recipe: Arugula Avocado Salad + Classic Vinaigrette

Warm weather, sunshine, and fabulous salads are a few of our favorite things. 

This is one of my favorite recipes to celebrate the abundance that is all around us this time of year. This truly awesome arugula avocado salad that doesn’t feel anything like deprivation. 

Arugula is full of phytochemicals that can help prevent cancer, along with Vitamins A, C, and K. Avocados are full of healthy fats and fiber to keep you full and feeling good. This recipe also contains strawberries to help boost immunity, pine nuts (which are actually seeds) for added energy, and olive oil to help stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It’s great as a side dish or topped with grilled salmon or chicken for a super healthy meal.

Serves 2


Salad Ingredients:

2 cups baby arugula
1 avocado, seed and skin removed, sliced
6 strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 lemon
1/4 cub shaved parmesan (optional)

Dressing Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt + pepper to taste



  1. Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in a mason jar (or something like it) and give it a good shake. Set aside (extra dressing can also be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks).
  2. Toast your pine nuts: heat oven to 350 and place nuts on a baking sheet. Roast for approx. three to five minutes. Watch them very carefully, you don’t want them to burn! Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine arugula, strawberries, avocado, toasted pine nuts, and parmesan. Squeeze lemon on top.
  4. Add your dressing a little bit at a time until you reach a satisfactory salad/dressing ratio.
  5. Sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper on top, and enjoy!

Originally posted on Healthybestwellness.com


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    Trade Secrets 2019

    Mark your calendars for May 18 - 19 for this year's Trade Secrets!

    This may be our very favorite event of the year, and it's been a community staple for as long as we can remember. Bonus: this event is a fundraiser for Women's Support Services, so you can be sure you are having a good time for a good cause. 

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    Rare Plant + Garden Antiques Sale | Saturday, May 18: Don't miss the Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale, held at LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT. Up to 60 vendors will bring their rare and unusual plants and garden antiques for you to take home with you. The sale starts at 8am and ends at 3pm.

    Garden Tours | Sunday, May 19: Spend the day taking a self-guided tour of four of the most beautiful and picturesque private gardens, located in Falls Village, CT and nearby Ashley Falls, MA. The Garden Tour starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. (Be sure to buy your tickets early, for there are limited Garden Tour tickets for sale in advance. No tickets will be sold the day of the tour). 

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