Orange Avocado Salad with Olives, Capers & Parsley | picklesnhoney.com

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives & Capers

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives, Capers & Parsley | picklesnhoney.com

There is a lot (a lot, a lot) of meal prep happening these days. Between Aaron starting a new workout program that requires six meals a day, three or so recipe assignments each week for my culinary nutrition class, and recipe testing for Pickles & Honey, my feet are feeling very tired and my kitchen has never needed more counter space. Don’t get me wrong—I love it—but I would prefer to be doing it in a larger kitchen with a bigger fridge and fluffy clouds strapped to my feet (is that unreasonable?). The bigger kitchen is a pipe dream and one that feels more and more in the distant future with every open house we attend; however, I think I can remedy the tired feet with a cushiony kitchen chef mat. Do any of you own one? Do you find it helpful for marathon sessions in your kitchen?

My creativity when it comes to food is also a little sapped and it took me two days of running through recipe ideas in my head to realize I should just go back to simple. That’s true for most things in life.

I find I’m always trying to come up with meals that are new and better than the last, giving myself bonus points if it’s a unique twist on an old, non-vegan classic. But my favorite way to eat involves fresh ingredients and clean flavors that speak for themselves—no finagling or reinvention required. And no long hours on your feet in a too-tiny kitchen with a fridge that looks as if it might explode when you (carefully) open the door to wrestle out an orange.

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives, Capers & Parsley | picklesnhoney.com

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives, Capers & Parsley | picklesnhoney.com

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives, Capers & Parsley | picklesnhoney.com

I love the juxtaposition of creamy avocados with bright, sweet oranges, and will find any excuse to toss in a few salty olives and capers in my salads. Add to that a small pour of extra virgin olive oil (spring for the good stuff), fresh lemon juice, and just a pinch of sea salt and black pepper…food really doesn’t get any more beautifully simple or delicious than this.

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives, Capers & Parsley | picklesnhoney.com

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Orange Avocado Salad with Olives & Capers

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives, Capers & Parsley | picklesnhoney.com

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives & Capers

Serves: 2-4


Prep Time: 10 mins

A quick and easy salad that's beautifully simple, nourishing, and perfect for Spring. Creamy avocado pairs so well with sweet oranges, especially when studded with salty olives and capers, then lightly dressed with a parsley vinaigrette.

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives, Capers & Parsley | picklesnhoney.com

Orange Avocado Salad with Olives & Capers

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Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 4 large navel oranges, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 tablespoon capers

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt & black pepper

Servings: 2-4

Prep Time: 10 mins

A quick and easy salad that's beautifully simple, nourishing, and perfect for Spring. Creamy avocado pairs so well with sweet oranges, especially when studded with salty olives and capers, then lightly dressed with a parsley vinaigrette.

Instructions

  • Arrange the orange rounds on a large plate and place the avocado slices evenly throughout.
  • Sprinkle with the olives and capers.
  • Prepare the dressing by whisking together the parsley, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Pour the dressing over the oranges and enjoy!

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  1. What a great flavor combo! Yummm!

  2. Love the colors (and flavors) in this salad!

  3. Caitlin says

    meal prepping, what’s that? i’ve been so off my game lately, so i cannot even imagine handling your load of kitchen creating. i’m super curious about aaron’s new workout regimen. also, i am the same as you- i always appreciate the simple flavors over complexity and a million ingredients. simplest is always best (i think).

    1. Amanda says

      Aaron is doing a training program with Christy of The Blissful & Fit Chef. He’s in the bulking phase, so lots (and lots) of food to go with all of the lifting. He just started last week. 🙂

  4. so bright and refreshing – need this in my life.

  5. Kait says

    I didn’t even read this yet but I wish you could have seen my face when I opened your page and saw that top photo! There aren’t enough emojiis in the world to express my pleasure!

    *off to read…and probably re-comment*

      1. Amanda says

        Glad you like the recipe!

  6. I’m not a big orange person, but I love love love avocados, olives and capers. So I think this is a salad that would make me come around to oranges. I hope it’s up to the challenge 😉

    1. Amanda says

      I think this salad could win you over. 🙂 If not, maybe try it with grapefruit? I did a grapefruit avocado kale salad a while back – such a great combo.

  7. Ashley says

    You are a girl after my own heart! Anything with olives and capers has my seal of approval. This recipe is gorgeous.

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Ashley! <3

  8. Emma says

    This is beautiful Amanda! I’m with you on all of those ingredients- a little salty, a little sweet, a little creamy= perfect!

  9. Oranges and olives have actually been my flavor combo for this week of grocery shopping! I made a relish with orange marmalade and kalamata olives. This looks like a great, fresher take on the same flavors – I’ll have to try it!

    1. Amanda says

      Great minds think alike?! That relish sounds delicious!

  10. Noah Laith says

    The picture alone makes me crave to have this soon, and knowing the recipe excites me more Amanda. Tell Aaron I love the pics so much.

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you, Noah! Aaron will be so happy to hear that you’re a fan of his photos.

  11. Monica says

    I never would have thought to put olives and capers in a salad with oranges, but this was so delicious!

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