Friday, March 16, 2012

Guacamole Salad

Have you met, The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten?

Ina's cookbooks are beautiful and full of yummy recipes with normal ingredients. I also love her ideas behind the food:

          *"Food is not about impressing people. In fact, it is just the oppositve: it is about making them feel comfortable."

          *" 'Something smells really good!' my husband, Jeffrey, exclaims every Friday night when he walks in the door. Most weeks, Jeffrey has been around the world and back, and when he walks in that door, I want him to feel that he is really home."

Each of her seven cookbooks are full of wonderful ideas for planning and preparing easy delicious meals. This week, I made Ina's beautiful Guacamole Salad.

my salad vs. the picture in the cookbook
 Guacamole Salad
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and medium diced
1 - 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup small diced red onion
2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper, seeded
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 ripe avocados, medium diced

Place tomatoes, yellow peppers, black beans, red onion, jalapeno pepper and lime zest in a large bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic and cayenne and pour over vegetables. Toss well.

Just before serving, fold in the avocados. Serve at room temperature.

Thanks, Ina. (My husband, loves it when you release a new cookbook around Christmas, as he know just what gift to get me.)

Hey, blogging friends ~ what are you cooking at your house this week?

 Check out some great recipes and Becky's wonderful blog, Farmgirl Paints

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  1. Ina's one of my best friends in the kitchen! I love her recipes and her simple style of entertaining. Her cook books are lined up on my shelf and, yes, it's time for another one. I especially like this salad--in looks and taste.

    I'm making my grocery list now.


  2. Hello Glenda! My daughter-in-law makes this delicious salad and serves it with grilled chicken, shrimp, etc. It is fabulous and I can eat my weight in it - thanks for reminding me about it, I had almost forgotten! Your photo is beautiful!

  3. This sounds and looks yummy! Yours looks a good as the picture in the book.

    Tonight I am grilling shrimp & pan-searing some scallops, tomorrow I may try to cook corned beef for the first time ever - maybe not and on Sunday grilling some steaks. The rest of the week...I need to get on that!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Ina is simply the best! This salad sounds delish Glenda!!

    Art by Karena

  5. This looks heavenly...yours looks very much like the picture. I have to try it!

    Happy Weekend, Glenda!


  6. Well, that would be chicken tortilla soup cooking at our house this week :) Oh, and some other stuff too, like Swiss chard for fiber :(

  7. That looks delicious. I'm doing Irish Potato Soup.

  8. I haven't made this particular recipe, but it sounds delicious. I share you love of her recipes. They make some delicious dishes. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. I love watching Ina on TV but I don't own any of her cookbooks. The salad looks yummy! I made pulled chicken for sandwiches in the crockpot one night this week. Tonight it was a casserole from an old cookbook. It's called Diary Casserole because it has lots of dairy products in it. I've not made it in a long time. It brought back memories of when my kids were young since this was when I made it most.

  10. Mmmm. That looks good! Everything Ina makes is delicious.

    This weekend? We are so busy I'm not making much, but I ddi put a recipe for lemon squares on my blog yesterday! :)

  11. I love this recipe!! thank you.
    And I never heard that quote..but definitely love that perspective!!

  12. Love Ina and I have to say , your salad is looking a lot better than the picture Glenda! This week, Chicken Marbella, felafel and hummus wraps, minestrone soup, dinner out at an Indian restaurant and spaghetti and meatballs. Everyone puts in their request on Sunday and then we decide who is cooking what. :)
    Best wishes for a wonderful week Glenda and thanks for the recco on the book. I popped it into my Amazon shopping cart. xx

  13. I have to say I admire and agree with Ina's cooking philosophy, Glenda. And I just love how a good-smelling kitchen is so inviting. The recipe sounds lovely, and your hubby is blessed to have such yummy meals awaiting him!

    Have a wonderful week! :-)

  14. This is a wonderful recipe ... being a non-meat eater (mostly). I love to cook and since reading the China Study, my specialty is the meatless meal. I’m an aspiring vegetarian, who will occasionally fall off the wagon for a grilled bourbon-marinated pork chop from Sniders butcher shop—well worth the carcinogens!

  15. that looks so amazingly good AND healthy! i love ina. she makes me want to cook and that's saying somethin'. i'd love to be one of her special guests that's she's always cooking for. have a great weekend girlie.

  16. this looks amazing!
    i make something very similar to it.
    thanks for sharing!
    happy weekend!

  17. Avocado is in my top 5 favorite foods this looks so good, Ina loves that Jeffery doesn't she such a great story she has, have you tried her coconut cupcakes, heaven!


  18. Her style of entertaining and cooking really speak to me. Rachel Ray is another one who has an easy style and makes the kitchen look easy.


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