It's the warm part of spring. The part where if you leave the right foods out for the right amount of time, they are just the right temperature for optimal enjoyment. By right foods, I mean avocados, chocolate, strawberries.
Here's what we had for lunch yesterday after church on the patio as the warm breezes blew. Well, we did not actually have the bacon or the pepitas. But those would make this perfect -- we need some crunch! -- so I'm adding them for next time.
Chicken and Avocado Salad
2 chicken breasts
2 ripe avocados
1 large ripe tomato, diced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 large pink grapefruit, sectioned (cut it as if for breakfast and pop out the sections. You can drink the juice. YUM!)
4 strips bacon, cooked to crispy and crumbled
Pepitas aplenty for sprinkling
Salad greens of your choice (with spring mix in a bag you can't go wrong if you ask me)
Light ranch dressing
Cut up avocados and toss with lemon, tomato, salt and pepper. Set aside to allow flavors to blend.
Season chicken to taste with salt and pepper (chili powder optional). Grill and slice.
Arrange salads on plates with greens, chicken, avocado mixture, grapefruit sections, bacon and pepitas. Pass dressing if desired.
Also pass your choice of bread -- or tortillas would be good. We had whole wheat french bread from Albertson's, which was quite lovely!
For dessert: Belgian chocolates I got for my birthday and fresh strawberries. You were afraid I'd leave out the other right foods, weren't you? Now you know better. Happy May!