Fresh Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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A simple fresh Summer salad that takes 5 minutes - Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad filled with spicy radishes, almond slices, goat cheese, and topped with a Lemon Vinaigrette. | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe #glutenfree #vegetarian

A simple fresh Summer salad that takes 5 minutes – Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad filled with spicy radish, almond slices, goat cheese, and topped with a Lemon Vinaigrette.

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!

A simple fresh Summer salad that takes 5 minutes - Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad filled with spicy radishes, almond slices, goat cheese, and topped with a Lemon Vinaigrette. | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe #glutenfree #vegetarian

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.

A simple fresh Summer salad that takes 5 minutes - Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad filled with spicy radishes, almond slices, goat cheese, and topped with a Lemon Vinaigrette. | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe #glutenfree #vegetarian

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!

A simple fresh Summer salad that takes 5 minutes - Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad filled with spicy radishes, almond slices, goat cheese, and topped with a Lemon Vinaigrette. | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe #glutenfree #vegetarian

Hugs to you sweet friends!

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!

A simple fresh Summer salad that takes 5 minutes - Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad filled with spicy radishes, almond slices, goat cheese, and topped with a Lemon Vinaigrette. | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe #glutenfree #vegetarian

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Fresh Avocado Butter Lettuce Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: gluten free, salad, vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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. There is so much wisdom that comes from you Krista! When you said that God draws us near through times of heartache.. I was thinking preach girl preach! Sometimes it feels like I am going through that season right now!

    1. Ohh… thanks girl! I just want to share what I’ve experienced and so know that lots of people are going through hard times right now and I wanted to encourage people where their at. 🙂

  2. Girl, I am sorry to hear about your struggle. But hearing your positivity about letting go will make its way up to God. He know’s your dedication to him and he will reward you! Granted, he doesn’t always deliver when we think is the best timing, but his timing is always right. I hate that we question it, but it is our gift to be able to think and question. Unfortunately, we can get ahead of ourselves. I will continue to pray for you!

  3. There’s a saying that has been true for pretty much my entire life – “We make plans, and God laughs”. He sure does have a plan for you, but is never is what we expect it to be is it ;). I swear, nothing in my life has been what I thought it was going to be, but it is still a good life! I’ve had like 24 friends get either married or pregnant in the past week as well. It’s hard to compare but we don’t know their struggles and their story, all you can do is focus on you! I love how you talk about “surrendering”. It certainly is the hardest part, but it can be the most rewarding. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers! And now for this delicious salad… I think I need to cook with radishes more! Great recipe:)

    1. Yes! Love that quote it is so true. I think so much of life is just learning that we are not in control and you know what.. theres freedom in that. We are just along for the ride! 🙂 So glad you understand and are with me on this surrender journey Heather. Thanks for the prayers sweet girl! Hugs!

  4. Oh Krista, I needed this post this morning!! I’m not even going to talk about my struggles, since they seem to pale compared to others, but letting go is so dang hard. Big hugs to you for your openness, your faith, and your trust that God’s plan is better than anything we can try to do on our own!

    1. Girl, so glad that it could encourage you this morning. I think when we are “real” and vulnerable we lift each other up and thats what life is all about… not walking through the hard stuff alone and learning to “enjoy the ride” that life throws at us instead of trying to control. But totally agree.. sooo stinking hard to do. I think even harder for women, we are such planners! 🙂

  5. This is such a moving post. Without getting into details, I’ll say that I’ve been in a similar situation so I can really relate…sending you hugs and prayers, sweet friend.

    And this salad could not be more perfect – so fresh, bright, and vibrant!

    1. Oh… thanks Faith! I think that there is healing in sharing our stories.. sometimes helps us feel like we’re not alone. 🙂 Hugs your way too girl!

      Glad you liked the salad too 🙂

  6. What a perfect salad – so light and fresh. Sending hugs and prayers to you during this struggle. And thank you for sharing what you are going through, so many people are having struggles of their own and it helps to hear your positive message through your own struggle.

  7. sometimes there are no comforting words to say, and we must keep hope that our waits and wishes are answered soon – I do hope this for you.

    meanwhile, this salad looks quite refreshing! I love butter lettuce and these flavors sound bright and springy! cheers.

  8. God really does decide what is best for you… it just takes time to understand. You’re already wonderful mother to a very amazing boy and I have no doubt you will be a mother again—soon. Love this salad loaded with avocado. Sending my love!

    1. Yes he does, He know way better than we do. We just need to get out of our own way and trust his way. 🙂

      Thanks for the sweet words Laura, made my day! 🙂

  9. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    This post has me a little teary eyed over here. My sister is struggling with infertility and we have had this discussion so many times. Your heart is so beautiful and I admire your faith through this hard time. I will be praying for you. I know that God has the perfect plan for you and your beautiful family. I will be sending my sister over to read this post because I know it will touch her heart. I am so happy you were so transparent. xoxo

    1. Oh… thank you so much Mariah. Definitely send her over this way or even have her send me a email. I would love to share the things I’ve learned through the journey. Its a hard place to be but you have to find the joy in it or the “hard part” will take you down! Thank you for the affirmation, it means alot! 🙂

  10. 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. 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. 🙂

  11. 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. 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!

  12. 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. 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!

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