As Canada turned 150, we gathered over food to celebrate how fortunate we are to live in such a great country.
My mom recently shared pictures from our Canada Day barbeque. It was a great day – great food, great decorations, great company – and the rain, which seems to be in abundance as of late, held off while we ate.
My contributions to dinner, not so surprising if you’ve been reading our blog, were salads! I decided on two salads that I thought depicted the “red and white” spirit of Canada Day, a white bean and red pepper salad and a strawberry, avocado salad. I also provided the Caesar salad, which is a family favourite.
To keep the ingredients fresh, I brought everything with me and prepped at my mom’s house.
It’s always nice to have something quick, easy, and festive to pull together, which is what both salads offered.
White Bean and Red Pepper Salad
- White beans (two cans)
- 1.5 red peppers (chopped)
- ½ red onion (chopped)
- Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- Salt and Pepper
The steps for both salads are the same, I chopped up the red pepper and onions, drained and washed the beans, and mixed everything together.
Strawberry, Avocado Salad
- Lettuce (I chose romaine)
- Strawberries (one pack, sliced)
- 1 avocado (sliced)
- ½ lemon
- Dressing (I gave guests the choice between a poppy seed dressing, which was my favourite, and a berry dressing).
Again, I chopped up the strawberries and avocado, tossed it all together and squeezed some lemon juice on top. If I were to make it again (which I think I will) I might add some almonds for a bit of crunchiness.
And it was really that easy! Two super quick, super simple salads that added a nice punch of red into our Canada Day celebration!