Summer Avocado Salad – Easy Picnic Recipe & Science Project

Summer is all about easy and cool. This versatile Summer Avocado Salad is both. Add or drop ingredients to fit your family’s tastes and pantry supplies. We always have CSA veggies to use up and canned beans are a stock item in our kitchen, so we created this meal around those items. Mix, match, eat and have fun.

Summer Avocado Salad Recipe:

Summer Avocado Salad

This easy summer salad can be easily altered to fit your family. Don’t like kidney beans? Ditch them. Want more protein? Add some grilled chicken. You can even drop the avocado if you want!

  • 1 Avocado (chopped (or more if you like).)
  • 1 Bell pepper (any color) (chopped (if you like spicy, use jalepeno))
  • 1 can Kidney Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 can Black Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 can Garbanzo Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 can Sweet Corn (rinsed & drained)
  • 3 Vine Tomatoes (chopped (or whatever tomatoes you have on hand))
  • Fresh Cilantro (to taste)
  • 1 clove Garlic (diced)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Olive Oil (to coat)
  1. Mix it. 

  2. Eat it.

Science Fun with Your Summer Avocado Salad – Grow an Avocado Tree

We love to grow things with our kitchen scraps. It’s fun, it’s science, and it is basically free. Plus, since our kitchen is always creating scraps it can be done spontaneously. Who can beat that?

Avocado plants make very pretty houseplants, but according to this article, plants grown indoors from seed are unlikely to grow fruit. It’s best to consider it a free, homegrown houseplant. Here are the basic directions.

  1. Save the seed when making your salad
  2. Wash it off under the faucet and pat it dry with a towel.
  3. Find a jar that is wide enough to fit your seed but not too wide, we’re going to be balancing it with toothpicks in the next step.
  4. Press a few (3-4) toothpicks into the center of the seed so only the fatter end (notice the seed is an oval) sits in the water. Big end down, small end up – like tulips.
  5. Since its summer, set the jar outside somewhere that it can soak up lots of indirect light. (If you are doing this in another season, a window or grow light will work).
  6. Check your jar daily to make sure the water level is still up around the seed.
  7. Then wait.
  8. Read the Carrot Seed every day for a few weeks (maybe 2, maybe 6). Just like the little boy in the story, don’t give up too quickly, but bring it indoors if it starts to get too cold out. If nothing sprouts after a couple months, buy more avocados and try again.
  9. Once you start seeing a good amount of roots, you can plant it in a pot.
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4 thoughts on “Summer Avocado Salad – Easy Picnic Recipe & Science Project”

  1. I have to choose? Don’t do that to me, Krislyn! They are all so super and I can use any of the layouts for so many of my themed photos. I MUST purchase the Slices of Life Recipe Template! WooooHooo!

    1. Good news, Lisa! You don’t have to choose between the recipe, the science project or summer fun. They go together. First make the Summer Avocado Salad, then take the avocado pit and try the science project. Then go on a picnic with the food you made. All day fun from one little avocado. Win-Win-Win!

  2. Um, the last thing I need is to add more blogs to my reader, but man, these look awesome, so into reader they go – and mango peach pies certainly sound like a fantastic coping mechanism!

    1. Thanks, Expert! Mango Peach Pie does sound like a great addition to any picnic and the flavors would go well with avocado salad, too. I hope you can relax and enjoy a few picnics this summer. It sounds like you may be a bit overstressed.

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