Regardless of whether you made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy or if you are just feeling over saturated from all of that heavy holiday food, this healthy California style salad is the perfect way to start off your new year on the right track. It is packed with healthy, vitamin loaded foods like tomatoes, avocados and black beans. It is also high fiber, high protein and low carb. This is one of the dinners I look forward to most. The richness of the avocado and the cheese make the salad feel decadent while still loading you up with “good for you” food. I chose not to put a dressing on this salad. I feel as though the creaminess of the avocado does an excellent job of being a heart healthy alternative to salad dressing.
1 pound Ground Beef
1 Tablespoon Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
1 can black beans
2 heads Romaine Lettuce
1 cup cherry Tomatoes (or 1 large diced tomato)
Medium Cheddar (or other favorite cheese)
Combine ground beef and Lawry’s seasoning salt in a skillet.
Brown beef on stove top (stir continuously until there is no pink left).
Chop lettuce and distribute on plates.
Heat up black beans on stove top until boiling.
Rinse black beans & split evenly on lettuce.
Top with ground beef.
Grate cheese and sprinkle on top of ground beef.
Slice up tomatoes and avocados and sprinkle on top.
I have found that this makes a perfect 3 servings: myself, my husband, and lunch the next day, but that will depend on how much you like to pile on your salad.
Here are some avocado tips for those of you who are new to eating avocados. You can find more at California Avocado.
3 ways to determine avocado ripeness:
To determine whether an avocado is ripe, press gently near the stem tip. If it gives a little, it’s perfectly ripe.
Take a peek under the dry little button on the stem end. If it’s green, then you will be rewarded with a perfect avocado. If it’s brown, then you will find a brown slimy mess inside.
Check the color. The Hass avocado will turn dark green or black as it ripens.
To ripen an unripe avocado:
Place the avocado in a plain brown paper bag and store at room temperature for 2-5 days. Check on your avocado everyday to ensure it doesn’t get too ripe.
If you are in a hurry for it to ripen, add an apple or banana to the bag. This accelerates the process because these fruits give off natural ethylene gas,which will help ripen your avocados organically.
How to peel an avocado:
- Start with a ripe avocado on a cutting board and cut it lengthwise around the seed. Cut lengthwise into the avocado until the knife hits the seed, then rotate the avocado with one hand while holding the knife horizontally in the other hand.
- Rotate the avocado halves in your hands and separate.
- Remove the seed by pulling it out gently with your fingertips.
- Peel skin off or squeeze fruit out.