Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad

Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

Happy New Year, Everyone! (I can still say that, right?) It’s nice to be back from a holiday semi-break, and to have a bright and shiny blog post for you. Today, I’m talking about Ashley Melillo’s newest book, Blissful Basilwhich is also the name of her beautiful blog. Plus, we get the benefit of trying out and sharing her recipe for Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad!

Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

What peaked my interest in this book was not only the beautiful “plant-powered” recipes and their accompanying photos, but how Ashley also talks about her mental health. Something I don’t mention on here, almost at all, is how I have Anxiety Disorder. In the scheme of things, I’ve only had tangible issues with anxiety for a short amount of time (about two and a half years); but wow, has it changed my life.

Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

There are times when my brain goes on a frenzy, like a runaway train where the conductor is yelling everything that could possibly go wrong at any given moment. And if it’s really bad, I’ll get that feeling a few times a day for weeks. All that to say, I love how Ashley talks about her battle with anxiety and how eating better and living a more healthful life has helped her immensely. In this book, she gives you tips on what to eat, how to stock your pantry, and interspersed between the recipes and photos are personal anecdotes.

Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

Reading Blissful Basil reminded me that while anxiety sucks, I can do my best to help myself, at the very least. It doesn’t hurt that Ashley’s photography is stunning, and the dishes are vibrant and enticing. If you’re looking to be inspired by whole-foods recipes, this book is a great one!

Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

Now, back to the Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad! The description nails it when it talks about the good balance of sweet and savory, all complimented by creamy avocado. This salad is hearty, but also very refreshing. Perfect for the new year!

Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

1 year: Winter Bisque with Crispy Sage // 2 years: Healthy Recipes for the New Year // 3 years: Mushroom Lentil Squash Casserole // 4 years: Adventures in Thailand // 5 years: Banana Almond Butter Oatmeal

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Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad

This salad might sound fussy and froufrou, but it's surprisingly humble and hearty. Nutrient-packed raw buckwheat groats are cooked until tender and tossed in a bright, lemony vinaigrette. Green apples, peppery greens, cranberries, and pipettes are folded in to balance sweet and savory notes, and the final touch is a garnish of creamy avocado. Each ingredient offers a punch of vitamins and minerals, resulting in a salad that lends both good vibes and a boost of energy. -- Reprinted from Blissful Basil by arrangement with BenBella Books. Copyright © 2016, Ashley Melillo.
Course Entree, Main, Salad
Cuisine Gluten-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Ashley Melillo of Blissful Basil

Ingredients

Buckwheat Salad

  • 1 cup raw buckwheat groats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple cored and cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cups baby arugula watercress, or other peppery green, leaves and tender stems only
  • 1/3-1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raw pepitas

Simple Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 3-5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice divided
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced (optional)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Topping

  • 1 medium avocado halved, pitted, peeled and sliced

Instructions

For the buckwheat salad

  1. Add the buckwheat groats to a fine-mesh strainer and thoroughly rinse with cold water. In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed buckwheat and water. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Strain and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Transfer the cooked buckwheat to a large nonreactive (i.e. nonmetallic) serving bowl along with the apple, greens, cranberries, and pepitas.

For the simple lemon vinaigrette

  1. In a small bowl, vigorously whisk together 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic, sea salt and pepper to taste.

To assemble

  1. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat. If desired, add the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the salad to brighten the flavors, and liberally season with sea salt and black pepper.
  2. Divide among plates and top with sliced avocado.

Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

Other great recipes from Blissful Basil besides the Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad:

  • Energizing Carrot Cake Smoothie p.76
  • Creamy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Chips with Lemon Aoili p.105
  • Caramelized Banana Ice Cream Sundae p.287

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Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad - Sweet and savory, with creamy avocado to make this filling and refreshing! From the Blissful Basil cookbook #honoryourbliss #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #nutfree

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7 Comments on “Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad

  1. Never tried the combination of watercress and apple, but it sounds good. Have to try it 🙂

    • I really like the contrast in flavors! Though arugula is my favorite. 😉

  2. Thanks for your support and beautiful, heartfelt review, Jackie. It means so much. Hope you’re having a peaceful start to the new year—sending lots of love and gratitude! <3

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