If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have just been slapped in the face with a sense of déjà vu. This recipe and this photo, they both look familiar, oui? Oui. Because guess what, I’ve finally run out of ideas for things to blog about.



You ain’t that lucky buddy. True, this is an old recipe but I have my reason for re-posting and my reason comes in the form of my gorgeous pseudo-sister, Jade.

A little history about catty….

I’ve lived in every capital city in Australia except for Darwin and Adelaide (and no offence  but um, I don’t particularly feel an evolutionary urge to move there). And yes, I’ve even lived in Hobart. But hey we’re not here to talk about where I’ve lived, that was just me showing off 🙂

In 1997, I moved from Brisbane to Perth and lived with Jade and her parents on and off for about four or five years. Jade and I shared everything from chores to clothes to make-up and even one bathroom. For better or worse, we lived like sisters and predictably, we argued like sisters. Luckily we never argued over boys because as much as us girls crow about HOES OVER BROS, sadly it’s usually the bro who wins over the hoe, leaving shattered remnants of what could once have been a beautiful friendship.

Well thank goodness Jade and I have different taste in guys… (although hi Sammy! I adore you!)

Jade is the closest thing I’ve had to a sister and despite the fact that we haven’t lived in the same house or state or country for about eight years, our relationship hasn’t aged a day and as soon as we are within 10 feet of each others’ personal space, we regress to being ridiculously giggly 18 year old girls, painting our toenails and gossiping about everybody.

Yes hi, anyone who’s in Perth reading this blog yes we talked about YOU.

Anyway, Jade and her man Sammy are gallivanting around Europe and have been staying with us since last week. As you might expect, I’ve cooked a thing or two – the highlight being a medium-rare piece of steak which Jade cringed at (she doesn’t like the redness) and take note: where everyone else would have said “oh poor Jade, let me cook that more for you” I said “too bad” and she had to eat it masked in sauce. Well it’s not gonna kill her.

Big sisters suck and I love being one.

Actually, the real highlight was that they loved my avocado, spring onion and toasted almond salad, tossed in a honey and mustard dressing. I promised to share the recipe with Jade ~ I actually showed her how to make it but if I remember correctly, that brain, it’s a sieve. So here it is again, my salad in all its green and crispy glory for Jade (and anyone else) to replicate.

Seriously one of the simplest salads to make and guaranteed super duper tasty. Mind you, “super duper tasty” is totally subjective so don’t be suing me or anything.

Avocado and spring onion salad with toasted almonds
3-4 large avocados, peeled and chopped into cubes
4-5 spriggs of spring onion, finely sliced
Whole blanched almonds or almond flakes
1teaspoon olive oil
2 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon mustard
Dried red chilli
Salt and pepper
  1. Throw a couple of good handfuls of whole blanched almonds or almond flakes into a non-stick pan with a little olive oil and toast until lightly golden in the oven, grill or over the gas.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and a little dried red chilli and put to one side.
  3. Place avocado cubes in a bowl, sprinkle over finely sliced spring onions .
  4. Then sprinkle over the almonds, drizzle with plenty of thick honey mustard dressing and season with salt and pepper.
Shared dish.

12 Thoughts on “sisters and salads: avocado and spring onion salad with toasted almonds

  1. you and Jade are adorable and i do the same with my little sis about food, I MAKE her eat it. 😀 This makes me miss clarissa so much. I sent her off at the airport all teary eyed yesterday and I’m just a little depressed. Your colourful salad has a put a smile on my face though! Hope you and Jade are having a great time in London x

  2. “where everyone else would have said “oh poor Jade, let me cook that more for you” I said “too bad” and she had to eat it masked in sauce. ”

    Oh you crack me up!! Salad looks great…

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  4. diva: awww honey, don’t be sad – cherish the time you spent with her and all the foodie love you showered on her. Jade and I are having a GREAT time, but I know it’ll come to an end soon too 🙁

    Jeanne: Hehehehe…. twas all true 🙂

  5. Definitely my kind of salad. I’m a big big fan of avocado

  6. Aw damn it! I was with you all the way until you mentioned the ‘A’ word. The one foodstuff (and I count an animal’s unmentionables in that) that won’t pass my lips without a shudder. Unless it’s guacamole – that i love – go figure, i have no idea!

    Still, for those strange and weird avo-lovers out there, this looks like a fine salad, exchange it with – ummm – something similar (smoked tofu, roasted aubergine?) and I am SO there.

  7. Mathilde: me too – LOVE avocado! Guacamole! YUM!

    The Grubworm: Haha sorry buddy but hey roasted aubergine sounds FANTASTIC! I should give that a go 🙂

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  10. woot. I have 6 large avocados in my kitchen ripening as we speak. aside from the gigantic avocado milkshake i was going to make myself, this is going on the list! super yum

  11. Gilligan on November 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm said:

    Tried it this evening as hubby was doing a steak on the BBQ and we have a glut of homegrown red spring opinions. HE LOVED IT! However…I did add some white wine vinegar to the dressing….was this left out?

  12. I’m so happy the recipe worked and your hubby liked it!! I didn’t add any vinegar at all, but I can see how that would work too! yay 😀

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