Fresh Avocado Butter Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Prep Time
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5 mins

This Fresh Avocado Butter Salad is a simple summer salad recipe that’s made in minutes. It’s filled with spicy radish, almond slices, goat cheese, and topped with homemade lemon vinaigrette!

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I am learning that life is about constant surrender… about letting go of the “reigns.” Letting go of control. It’s a hard thing, right!?!

Life is just easier when you know whats coming next, when things in life are going good, when it can be controlled. When you know what’s coming it’s easier to protect against heartache.

But is it? Heartache hurts no matter what. Planned or unplanned.

As I’ve been walking through the struggle of infertility, even that word hurts. When I read it I think… no thats not me.. I’m not in that group. We just haven’t been able to have a baby for two years, I’m not infertile.

This was not in my plan. I was “planning” on having babies back to back so we could be in and out of the diaper stage in one swoop, none of this back and forth stuff.  I wanted three kids close in age.

Well, God has other plans. And I’m learning that I need to surrender my idea of what I thought life would be, what I thought our family would look like. Sometimes his plans are way better than ours, its just hard to see that in the midst of hurt or disappointment.

The past two to three weeks have been hard, I’ve found out six friends and/or family members just got pregnant and while the excitement and happiness is there for them, because I know the blessing a child can be. I also can’t help but look and think.. why not me God? What are you waiting for? I’m ready!

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As I have been working my way through these emotions this weekend I’ve realized a couple of things. God draws us near through times of heartache. I can look back in my life and see those “kiros” moments … moments that propel you forward in life, that changed who you are. All those moments were in a time of deep hardship. God shows us more of who HE is to us in hard times, he draws us close, tells us that he is there, and that we are not alone.

Sometimes He makes us wait.  You know that saying “the good things in life are worth waiting for”… well its true. I think through the waiting we learn patience and dependence on God. Think about it, if you were given everything you wanted at the exact time you wanted it, what would you need God for? Sometimes he makes us wait to draw us closer to him or to teach us something about ourselves. Even in the Bible, David was told he was going to be King of Israel at a young age but wasn’t anointed right away he waited 15 years. Moses, you know the one that parts the Red Sea and delivers the Israelites from Egypt, he was told that he was going to be “the deliverer of Israel” but he had to wait 40 years before God showed him how and actually do it. God builds our character through the waiting.

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There is freedom in letting go. As I have let go of my “plans” and embraced the plan God has for us there is freedom. I have literally felt a weight lifted off my shoulder and trust in His perfect plan for us. And to be honest, I wouldn’t change what we are going through for anything. Yes it is extremely hard, but there is joy in it because I have experienced more of who God is … My faithful and loving Father!

So my question to you is: Is there something you have been waiting on? A spouse? A baby? A healing? A home? How are you coping with the disappointment or the wait? Is it working for you or hurting you even more?

Surrender it. There is freedom! I promise!

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Hugs to you sweet friends!

More About This Simple Summer Salad

Ok, so with a heavy post I thought I would give you a recipe that is easy to make and easy to digest! 🙂 This Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad can be made in less than 5 minutes but the different flavors and textures will leave you happy for hours!

I packed this Salad with two different kinds of lettuce, fresh cucumbers, avocados, sliced almonds, spicy radishes, and a honey goat cheese. It is super light to eat and such a perfect refreshing salad for summer. I’ve just started making it for lunches lately and have loved it! The lemon vinaigrette on top is very basic and light which compliments the salad perfectly!

This recipe serves just one, but you could easily double or triple it to serve a crowd. I hope you enjoy it! Bon Appetite!

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Fresh Avocado Butter Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 5 minutes
  • yield Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • category Category: Appetizer
  • method Method: Bowl
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This Fresh Avocado Butter Salad is a simple summer salad recipe that’s made in minutes. It’s filled with spicy radish, almond slices, goat cheese, and topped with homemade lemon vinaigrette!



  • 4 leafs of butter lettuce
  • 1/3 cup of roughly chopped red leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1 oz. of honey goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry basil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add butter lettuce, red leaf lettuce, cucumber, avocado, almonds, goat cheese, and radish to a bowl.
  2. In a small bowl add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, dry basil, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined.
  3. Serve dressing with salad.

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  1. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)

    What a beautiful salad! I’m sorry to hear about your struggles, sending you virtual hugs and prayers 🙂

  2. Kelley

    Oh sweet friend. You are so right. It’s not our timing, it’s His. We just need to be patient and draw Him near. We are in the same “boat” with trying to conceive. I don’t want to be in that boat, I want to have a sweet babe in my arms. But it’s not the right time yet. It’s a struggle, but I KNOW He is charge of my path and that gives me hope. Thank you for sharing with us. HUGS!

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Thank you so much for writing Kelley! I think it’s so freeing when we tell our stories because you never know who else is out there that might be struggling with the same thing. Totally praying for you and your sweet family Kelley! God is good!

  3. Val

    Wow Krista I posted a sort of “heavy post” today too, which I almost never do but I wanted to include the inspiration for my recipe. I have been sharing your salad all day on social media simply for its beauty and creativity, but having just read the entire post I want to share something else: Infertility was one of the best gifts I ever received. I had my first, beautiful, biological child at age 42 and then adopted our equally beautiful, second from Siberia in Russia. I blogged about it some but we were under tight security rules so not a lot. Anyway, I know sort of what you are going through and I want to share just in case it’s a teeny bit helpful. Wat will be, will be. And I love salad!!!!!!! xo

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Oh.. thanks so much for sharing Val both on social media but also YOUR STORY! Our stories are what unite us, encourage us and give us hope. And yours is definitely a story of hope! Thank you so much! You made my day sweet girl! Hugs!

  4. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    Thoughts are with you during this difficult time, Krista. Stay strong – I know you can! 🙂

    Now there’s that darn good looking salad that I saw earlier! Loving all of those avocados on there. *swoon*

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Thank you so much Julie, I appreciate it!

      And glad you finally found “that salad” and that it brought you here! 🙂

  5. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

    What a lovely post! I have a good friend who has struggled through this exact thing. Sending prayers your way that God will send you exactly what you need.

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Thank you so much Amy! I appreciate all the prayers and sweet comments. 🙂 I’ll be praying for your friend!

  6. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    Thank you for your honest and heartfelt words. I am so sorry to hear what you are going through, but I am amazed by your strength! While I don’t have the exact same struggle as you, I know there are areas in my life where I can apply your wisdom. I’ll be wishing and praying for your dream of a baby to be a reality soon. Hugs! 🙂

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Thank so much Kristine. We all have our “pain points” but there is always something in that “mess” that is good. You just have to dig to find. 🙂 Thank you for hte prayers, hugs, and sweet comments. You totally touched my heart. 🙂

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