It was one of those afternoons where I’d done school work basically all day, and all I really wanted was a break—and a snack.
I sauntered down to the kitchen. The tangerines and avocados were piled high in the fruit bowl. The avocados had that perfectly brown color skin that calls, “I’m ripe today, and I’ll be rotten tomorrow.”
It’s an irresistible call.
An avocado made its way to a cutting board, and somehow a couple tangerines followed.
As I rummaged through the refrigerator, out sprung a cucumber and a couple green onions. Some dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and dried oregano decided they wanted to join the party, so they traveled over from the pantry. Soon I had the fixings for a pretty great salad. All I needed was some balsamic vinegar and salt, both of which were easily coaxed into joining the fun.
Chop, slice, toss, drizzle, and munch, munch, munch. Yeah, that was just what I needed to brighten my wintery afternoon. A lovely tangerine cucumber balsamic salad.
There’s nothing simpler or easier to make than a salad. With these basic ingredients and some pro chopping skills, you’ve got yourself a pretty fantastic treat.
Filled with vitamins A and C from the tangerines, a wide variety of vitamins from the hydrating cucumbers, and healthy fats from the avocado, this salad is bursting with health and much as it’s bursting with flavor.
A little part of me feels silly calling this a salad, simply because it's so yummy, I think it could be dessert.
Tangerine Cucumber Balsamic Salad
- 3 tangerines
- 1 cucumber
- 1 avocado
- 3-4 green onions
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2-3 T balsamic vinegar
- pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
Start by prepping the fruits and veggies. Peel and pull apart the tangerines. I like to cut each slice in half, but that’s just me. Wash the cucumber and slice it. Remove the pit from the avocado and slice it as well. Wash and chop the green onions.
Toss the tangerines, cucumber slices, avocado, and green onions in a salad bowl. Top with the cranberries and sunflower seeds and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the salt and oregano and toss to mix everything up.