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Arugula Cannellini and Feta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 15-ounce can of Cannelleni beans
  • 3 tablespoons minced mint about 5 leaves
  • Small handful of Italian parsley about 1/4 cup, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic zested into the salad (using a Microplane is a good idea)
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1/4 cup cubed feta about 2 ounces

Avocado Dressing:

  • 1/2 large avocado or one small avocado
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1 to 2 lemons divided (and depending on taste)

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, toss all of the salad ingredients together, minus the feta (it'll make a bit of a mess).
  • To a blender, add the avocado half, juice from 1 lemon and pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse a few times, until the avocado is broken up. With the blender going, pour in the olive oil until the mixture begins to thicken and become smooth. Add a few tablespoons (I ended up needing about 4 tablespoons) of warm water to help with the smooth texture. I let the blender run for about 1 minute to achieve the super smooth texture. If you're ok with tartness (I think this salad needs it because of the beans) squeeze in the remaining lemon juice and adjust salt and pepper to taste. It may seem too tart right now, but I can assure you that when you toss it with the salad ingredients, it'll be all good.
  • Add about half of the dressing and lightly toss the salad using your hands or a pair of tongs. Keep adding a bit of dressing as needed
  • Transfer to a serving plate, if you like, and top with the cubes of feta.