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6 Certified Heart-Healthy Salad Recipes Featuring Avocados

If you’re looking to add more greens to your diet, preparing salads is the way to go. And to add even brighter greens and enrich your salad with nutrients, fiber, and good fats, accent your salad with a heart-healthy portion of avocados.

In collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA), we created these heart-healthy avocado salad recipes. To be certified, a recipe must meet specific category-based qualitative and nutrient requirements. A nutrient analysis of each recipe is submitted for review including: calories, sodium, saturated fat, added sugars, trans fat, and omega-3 fatty acids (for fish entrees Plus, they’re all easy to prepare for any meal!

Before making changes to your diet, be sure to talk to your doctor about implementing heart-healthy salads into your diet.

6 Certified Heart-Healthy Salad Recipes

Farro Salad with Lemon & Fresh Dill Herbed Dressing

In this recipe, farro grains meet fresh herbs and lemon for a heart-healthy salad that can help keep you full and energized. The salad pairs arugula with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and walnuts and is topped with a hearty avocado dressing.

Mixed Greens Salad with Avo Poppyseed Dressing

Lettuce, spinach, and avocados make up the greens of this salad and are tossed with a colorful blend of fresh fruits, pecans, and feta cheese. For some extra zing, drizzle your salad with avocado poppyseed dressing.

Avocado Tomato Basil Pasta Salad with Pesto Avocado Dressing

Made from a base of whole-wheat rotini pasta, protein-rich chickpeas, and avocado, this pasta salad uses the classic Italian combination of tomato and basil for a rich flavor. The addition of avocado and pesto dressing elevates this pasta salad to a whole new level.

Related: Looking for a snack-sized, heart-healthy recipe? These avocado and shrimp rafts are AHA certified and easy to prep!

Harvest Bowl Salad with Avo Balsamic Vinaigrette

This harvest bowl contains a medley of flavors that mingle together with a heart-healthy twist. The recipe calls for avocado, quinoa, arugula, kale, Brussels sprouts, and honey crisp apples, creating a tart, fresh salad bowl that will leave you satisfied.

Fruit Salad with Avo Coconut Lime Dressing

Avocados are a fruit, so why not include them in your fruit salad? This recipe mixes avocados with strawberries, mangos, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, mandarin oranges, bananas, and an avocado coconut lime dressing to satisfy your sweet tooth in a heart-healthy way.

Greek Goddess Salad on a Stick with Avo Mediterranean Greek Dressing

Forgo the salad bowl and opt for a skewer in this recipe. This delicious salad-on-a-stick features avocado, romaine, feta, cucumber, and olives. The finishing touch: a Mediterranean Greek dressing with an avocado base.

Pro Tip: After making some of these salads, you might find yourself with a leftover half of an avocado. Here’s how to store and preserve any extras.

Check out our recipe page for more delicious inspiration.

By Avocados From Mexico March 28, 2020

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