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Green Bean and Avocado Summer Salads

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Pasta and greens have to be one of my favorite combinations in the world. Toss them with avocado, green beans and some dried fruit, and you have yourself a real winner. I was certainly in need of a big salad this week after all of that pulled pork (which by the way, there is still some left of in the fridge). This salad hit the spot. It’s really not anything special, unless you consider a homemade apple vinaigrette to accompany it, pretty special. In this case, the dressing totally made the salad. Speaking of vinaigrette, I’m a dressing freak. I’m that odd ball in the restaurant that actually likes when they dump a bunch of dressing on top instead of serving it on the side. I like every single green to be coated in dressing. I know. It’s weird, but it’s one of those faults I have decided to learn to live with. We’ve paired this light summer salad with a great summer beer: Boulevard Brewing’s ZON Belgian Style-Witbier. This is Boulevard’s seasonal brew and it is spectacular. Try pairing these Green Bean and Avocado Summer Salads with a light, summer beer. You will be so happy you did.







So is everyone excited for Father’s Day?! Woohoo! This time of year actually makes me a little sad since my dad lives about 2000 miles away from me. Fortunately, I got to see him earlier this month, so it softens the blow just a bit. I suggest NOT making this salad for your Father’s Day picnics this Sunday, unless you will be serving it on the side. Your dad deserves something grilled and meaty =). Not that this salad isn’t absolutely delicious, but you get what I’m saying right?? Try some of these grilled greats:

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

“On the Grill” Potatoes and Veggies

Sweet and Savory Baked Beans

Chicken Dogs with Watermelon Salsa

Mini Crab Cakes with an Asian Plum Sauce

Mexican-Style Lamb Burger

Turkey Meatball Sliders

Deviled Eggs with Hot Peppers and Bacon

…Just to name a few. =) You get the point.


So the reason I decided to go with Boulevard Brewing’s ZON Belgian Style-Witbier was because it’s such a great Summer beer. Not only is it’s Boulevard’s Seasonal, but it’s light and refreshing. It’s a beer that certainly needs to be gobbled up when it’s distributed, since you have to wait a whole year until you get to see it again! I hate when they do that…yet, I love it too. You get perfect hints of citrus, that it literally has you craving an orange. It’s refreshing and light and absolutely perfect for those hot summer days.

I hope everyone has a lovely Father’s Day weekend. Cook/Bake something fun!





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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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