Avocado & Spinach Salad with Pine Nuts

2011 has been pretty crazy for me. From hosting a good friend from back home over the holidays, to moving into a new pad downtown, to traveling back to Canada for a work conference and my mother’s surprise 60th birthday, and finally meeting-up with my fiancé for 5 days of sight-seeing and wine tasting in Western Australia… well, it’s all been great but it’s left little time for cooking, let along blogging! Having said that, I’m back on solid ground again, and my new kitchen is pretty-much all set-up, so I’m looking forward to cooking again and tackling the massive list of recipes that I’ve bookmarked and earmarked over the last little while!

Vegan Avocado & Spinach Salad with Pine Nuts

I ate a gorgeous salad at Must while visiting Margaret River, Western Australia. While they didn’t have a whole-lot of otherwise vegan options on the menu, this was exactly what I was looking for after a couple days of sight-seeing and fast-food eating (as much as you can eat fast-food being a vegan!) Anyway, I realized yesterday that I had all the ingredients on hand to try and mimic the salad. I realized after the fact that they use a red wine vinaigrette instead of lemon juice, and while it was definitely awesome that way, I also really loved the tangy & fresh taste provided by the fresh lemon. Give it a try if you love all the ingredients below as much as I do!

Avocado & Spinach Salad with Pine Nuts
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A simple salad featuring rich pine nuts and creamy avocado. Serve as a side or starter. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Recipe type: Salad, Starter, Side
Serves: 4
  • 1 bag baby spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt & pepper
  1. If pine nuts aren’t toasted, heat them gently in a frying pan but watch them carefully as they can burn quickly.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  3. Toss everything into a bowl and enjoy.


  1. Jennifer says:

    My favourite recipes are the ones that I actually have the ingredients on hand… This looks wonderful. Love those big slices of avocado!

    • vegangela says:

      Totally! And I love interesting salads. Thanks for your comments!

  2. Nice to see you back! The salad is lovely. Mmmm

    • vegangela says:

      Thanks, it’s good to be back and cooking my own food again! :)

  3. Leigh says:

    mmm tasty looking salad, and I bet it’d go well with a nice crisp glass of Australian suavignon blanc! Are pinenuts as crazily expensive where you are as they are in Ca and UK?

    Hope you’re having fun in your new kitchen, have you worked out what goes in which cupboard yet? Am I a total foodgeek for actually enjoying that process…?!

    Did you miss Canada when you got back home? We’ve got loads of snow in Victoria at the moment – a bit different to your current temps I imagine!

    • vegangela says:

      Hi Leigh – Thanks so much for taking the time to write. YES, you’re totally right, this would be yummy with some Sauv Blanc… or even a dry Riesling. MMMmm :)

      I totally love setting up new kitchens. Must be from all that moving around as a kid (army brat). I’ve been pretty swamped with work this week, but once I have a moment, I’m going to blog about my new kitchen, and all the gorgeous appliances in it!

      It’s funny whenever I go home… I really miss my family but then I come back here and it feels like home now too. I know we have to move back next year, so I’m trying to enjoy everything good that this part of the world has to offer, including gorgeous weather and yes, amazing wine! ;)

      Thanks again for your note – hope to hear from you again soon!

  4. Anita says:

    We had this salad tonight with our dinner … it was DELICIOUS! Loved it! Thanks for the recipe.

    • vegangela says:

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to let me know :)

  5. Cait says:

    Stumbled across this looking for a yummy way to use my pine nuts with my spinach. So simple and so incredibly yummy. I cant stop eating it. I love every ingredient in this salad. And I feel healthy eating it all too. Thanks for a great find. Pinned this to pinterest for sure :)

    • So glad you like it! I love the freshness of it too. Thanks for writing :)

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