Category Archives: Salads


Watermelon and Avocado Salad with Fresh Herbs

I was recently introduced to a beautiful poem by Frank O’Hara that begins:

“Light clarity avocado salad in the morning”

I immediately fell in love with the verse and then started dreaming of avocado salads. There are so many possibilities. For this salad, the juicy watermelon is a nice compliment to creamy avocado slices, and the fresh lemon, mint, and basil add a brightness that is perfect for the morning.

Here are some of my other “avocado salad in the morning” ideas. Perhaps I’ll be making more avocado salads soon…

  • Avocado + Strawberry + Basil + Lemon
  • Avocado + Roasted Garlic + Cherry Tomato + Olive Oil
  • Avocado + Arugula + Lemon + Walnuts + Olive Oil
  • Avocado + Mango + Sticky Coconut Rice + Black Sesame
  • Avocado + Grapefruit + Ginger + Macadamia Nuts
  • Avocado + Watermelon + Heirloom Tomato
  • Avocado + Braised Kale + Croutons
  • Avocado + Grilled Pineapple + Mint

I could go on and on…

Read on for the Watermelon, Avocado and Fresh Herb Salad recipe.

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Nam Sod

Nam sod is a spicy Thai salad dish that you can eat as cabbage or lettuce wraps, it’s also just really good on it’s own.  I used to work at this amazing Thai restaurant in Georgia called Thai Palace, owned and operated by one of the coolest, most selfless and purest men I have ever met, Jimmy.  He was once a monk in Thailand, and apparently from that, took with him into his life running a restaurant in Georgia the calmest, most gentle and gracious demeanor.  We waited tables together (something I have been doing for years with all types of people) and no matter how busy or overwhelmed the restaurant got and no matter what went wrong, Jimmy was always so grateful to be there and never got flustered or upset.  I have seen and heard people be really mean to him and he’s always been so kind in return.  He’s the real deal in the way that he embodies love, and has always been a role model to me in that way.

This is a dish I learned to make while working at Thai Palace, and the flavors remind me so much of that time in my life and my friendship with Jimmy and the rest of his family.  I learned lots from all of them, not the least of which was how to cook super yummy Thai dishes!  This one has some really strong flavors, so add the dressing in small increments, tasting as you go! Enjoy!

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