Avocado Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing + 3 Health Lessons I learned from Papi

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#foodisourfriend recipe- avocado cilantro-lime salad dressing

It's funny to visit my Dad and see the way he's living right now. He is in law school, mind you the man is 60! He's literally #goals! We're trained to think people his age should slow down, but the man is not going to stop any time soon.

Visiting him in LA and trying to spend a couple hours on a busy week day is all I want since our schedules don't always sync.  "Papi, give me a night for family dinner. I'll work on the garden and fix you something nice." He squeezed me in between the gym and class, and I'm so grateful for it.

Because my Dad is one of those people that loves routine and is super disciplined, and I like to throw him curveballs. He needs a refreshing salad, but a different one. 

This is what I made my Papi for Father's Day. I made him a bottle before I left. 

All harvested from his own vertical garden and made with avocados from happy California trees. 

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Latin American Ensalada with Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe


  • gourmet lettuce
  • spinach
  • cabbage
  • a handful of cilantro (1/2 cup)
  • a handful of parsley (1/2 cup)
  • 5-10 limes
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 3-5 avocados
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup H2O
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil

Cooking Directions

...for the salad

  1. Boil water. Add quinoa + 1 pinch of salt. Cover until water absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Chop lettuces, herbs and tomatoes harvest from your garden.
  3. Assemble bowl with lettuces, herbs, quinoa, avocado. 
  4. Lastly, add the dressing! Recipe below...

to make the dressing...

  1. Add 5 limes squeezed with pulp, the zest from those limes, 1 avocado, parsley and cilantro into a high-speed blender and keep pouring olive oil blending on medium-high until you get creamy consistency you like. More oil will make it creamier, more lime juice equals less viscous!
  2. Add salt and pepper at the end to your liking. Black pepper really highlights these flavors well. 

Everyone has a unique relationship with their Dad. Right now my Papi and I are on a friend level. We talk a few times a month, and I come to visit as much as I can. I felt so bad I couldn't be with him on Father's Day but the best thing about him is he doesn't take anything personal, and understands when I need to do my own thing. He's the reason I believe in having the best of life through hard work. Here are a few things I learned from the old man. 

3 Healthy Lessons I learned from my Dad

1. Do you - he taught me to not just be the best me, but to be grateful to be alive to work hard and be proud of that. No one will ever take care of you more than you, so put in the work.

2. Get fit - I've always been an athlete, so soccer and volleyball are what kept me fit all my life. After my knee injuries, I haven't moved my body the same but I'm back in the gym. Rehabbing. I do it because I want to, but my Dad did stress the importance of getting our sweat seshes on. Natural endorphins, oxygen to the brain and creativity all come a great workout. He gets up at 4 every day to get it in. I can only admire and wish I was as disciplined.

3. Work - This probably should've been the first, but seriously I don't know a man who works harder nor smarter. He says, "We all have the same 24 hours, but what we do with them is what separates the people who succeed and those who don't. So choose your choices wisely and learn from all my mistakes. Get the best grades possible. Ask Questions. Put in the work." 

My relationship with my Dad is always evolving, but I feel so blessed having him as a parent and friend. Because of him, I am strong, stubborn and always right. On paper, we can do it better than most, but most importantly, we just want to be well til the end. Happy Father's Day to all the Papas of the world, especialmente al mio!

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