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No Sad Salads: Summer Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Reduction

I have a rule for myself: no. sad. salads. We’ve all been there. Romaine lettuce with boiled chicken on top. Fat-free dressing that probably came out of some chemical lab experiment. No toppings, no colors, no flavors, no… desire to eat, right? When faced with these kind of salads, I used to either make it an hour before I was caving for a cheeseburger or a sleeve of Oreos. And now it’s no surprise why: I was simply hungry and unsatisfied! So now I have a rule when it comes to salads: I only eat them (and recommend them to others) if they’re full of flavor, textures, colors, and just as enjoyable as any other non-salad meal.

This one fits the bill. It’s a summer salad full of big chunks of avocado, sweet strawberries, fresh basil, crunchy walnuts, a tangy balsamic reduction, and creamy feta cheese. (Feel free to leave it off if dairy doesn’t get along with you.) It’s pretty enough for a party, but simple enough if you just want to stare it down yourself. I hope you love it as much as I do. Then feel free to steal my mantra as your own: no. sad. salads! Ever again my friend.

Summer Strawberry Avocado Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Servings: 2
Time: 15 – 20 minutes


  • 1 avocado
  • 2 c. strawberries
  • ½ c. walnuts, chopped
  • ½ c. feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ c. fresh basil
  • 1 c. good quality balsamic vinegar


  1. Pour balsamic vinegar into small saucepan. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce to simmer, stirring frequently for 10 minutes so balsamic doesn’t burn.
  3. Once balsamic has thickened and reduced, remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Slice the avocado in half. Remove pit, then scoop out insides with a spoon. Cut into chunks.
  5. Cut the ends off the strawberries. Cut the strawberries in half, then into ¼” slices.
  6. Gently mix together the avocado, strawberries, walnuts, feta cheese, and fresh basil.
  7. Drizzle with balsamic reduction, then serve.

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