Tomato & Avocado Salad w/ Sweet Chile Lime Dressing

January 6, 2016

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For my new years resolutions this year, I purposely didn’t choose the typical health goals of losing weight and going to the gym, etc. Not because I’m not prioritizing my health (I totally am!), but because for one, I’ve long concluded that I will always ALWAYS prefer a varied and flexible at-home workout over a gym workout, and second, I feel that setting those particular goals at the beginning of the year is just SO expected and unless it comes from a genuine place of determination and desire, they never get done. I also realized that the more I hyper-focus on my weight, the more I would stress out and the more my body would mess with me. No thank you!

So what I did instead this year is I made smaller, more specific health-related resolutions that I started aiming for even before the new year arrived, which are: 1) Drink more tea instead of coffee, 2) Don’t hit the snooze button more than 2 times, and 3) Eat more fruits and veggies everyday – I’ve always been an enthusiastic vegetable and salad-eater, but obviously the holidays have thrown me off a bit! I fully believe that if you make very specific resolutions for yourself, you’re way more likely to stick to them and achieve that feeling of accomplishment that is so great when you’ve hit your goals.

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We’re less than a week into the new year and I’m already in the habit of drinking 2-3 cups of tea a day, so I’d say I’m off to a great start! I’m going to need a bit more practice for my 2nd resolution, but to help kick off my 3rd resolution I decided to put together a super easy, but super flavorful salad. Avocados make everything more delicious, in my opinion, so that’s what started this Tomato and Avocado salad with a Sweet Chile Lime Dressing. Learn how to make it down below!

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Ingredients:
– 2 tomatoes, diced
– 1 ripe avocado, diced
– 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
– 1 tablespoon of feta cheese crumbles
For the dressing:
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– a pinch of chile powder
– 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
– 2 teaspoons of honey
– 2 teaspoons of lime juice (about half a lime)

Directions:
Really the only steps to make this salad are cutting up your ingredients and making the dressing. To make the dressing, simply mix all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and adjust until it’s to your liking.

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Toss all together, top with additional chile powder if you’d like, and enjoy!

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This is a great low-carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian dish that is really refreshing, while still being satisfying from all the bold flavors. It would also go really well with some lean protein like chicken or fish (just omit the cheese) to make a nice healthy entree. If you like these flavors, you’d probably also love my avocado toast with lemon ricotta!

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What are your health resolutions for the new year? Are you making one or two big ones, or a few smaller ones like I did?

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