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Deb’s Fresh Mozzarella Avocado Salad (a summer favorite)

SONY DSCLooks can be deceiving, the picture may not look amazing but the salad tastes AMAZING. I Pretty much made up this salad recipe last summer when I was eating super clean and wanted something healthy and delicious. My sister in law suggested adding cucumbers and that is a delicious addition. The salad requires no cooking so I love that you don’t have to turn the oven or the stove on, on those hot summer days when extra heat is not wanted. This salad is delicious, healthy and refreshing. I hope you like it as much as we do. Enjoy!

Fresh Mozzarella Avocado Salad (a summer favorite)


  • 2 avocados cut into cubes
  • 1/2 pound of fresh mozzarella cut into cubes or fresh mozzarella balls (both of these can be bought at Costco in the specialty cheese section there is a difference between fresh mozzarella and regular mozzarella go for the fresh in this salad)
  • 1 cup mini cucumbers cut into slices or dice up a regular cucumber into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes, or the medley tomatoes (Costco sells these as well in the summer time they are small tomatoes all different colors)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (from Costco, Kirkland brand is by far my favorite, I included a picture at the bottom of the post)
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil (or you can use olive oil, I also included a picture of the kind I like)
  • a dash of sea salt
  • a dash of pepper
  • *This recipe doesn't make a whole lot but you want to eat this salad fresh so you only want to make as much as you'll eat or have a small amount of left overs. It will stay good in the fridge for about a day is all.


  • Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
  • This salad is a very clean, healthy, delicious addition to any meal or can be a meal itself. One of my all time favorite salads especially during the summer.


Chocolate Chunks (perfect for the perfect chocolate chip cookie) (recipe included for my favorite chocolate chip cookies)

nestles chocolate chunks

I love these when making chocolate chip cookies, there’s nothing earth shattering about them in that they are something different than you’ve seen before but I LOVE them for Cookies, they just give the cookies more of that bakery feel and the chunks are big so it leaves a nice amount of chocolate in your cookie which I love. Trader Joe’s sells a similar product that is their brand and I have used it and really like it as well. Try these in your next batch of chocolate chip cookies and believe me you’ll never go back to just regular chocolate chips. I like to do half chocolate chips in my cookies and half of these chocolate chunks.  Here is a link for 6 bags on Amazon but this is a high price, I would get them at Wal-mart or Trader Joe’s they are the cheapest there, right around $2.50 a bag.

While we are talking about chocolate chunks and chocolate chip or chunk cookies I thought I’d share my favorite recipe.

Deb's favorite Chocolate Chip/Chunk Cookies (originally called the basic chocolate chip cookie)


  • 1 cup of butter, cool room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups flour (use my organic flour I told you about from Costco you'll totally notice a difference in taste and quality)
  • 1 cup of chocolate chunks (nestle's or trader Joe's)
  • 1 cup of regular semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and both sugars together until well mixed. Add eggs and mix until just blended (I don't like mixing the batter more than needed after I add the eggs because I think it makes the cookies not as soft but this is just my theory after making thousands of batches of chocolate chip cookies). Add salt, vanilla, baking soda and mix. Add flour and chocolate chunks/chips together and mix until just combined. Don't over mix.
  • 2. Drop the cookie batter by rounded tablespoon onto parchment paper or silpat lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden around edges but still soft in the center.

recipe source www.melskitchencafe.com (I adapted the recipe a little to my liking).

Organic, Unbleached, NOT Enriched, White Flour

organic flour

I love this flour, I came across it about a year ago at Costco, I saw that it was organic and that it was unbleached and NOT enriched and I was so beyond excited, it even has a gram of fiber in it per serving (which is good considering it’s white flour). The only ingredients are organic wheat flour and organic malted barley flour that’s it, I love products like that. There is a delicious flavor to it and I love using it when I bake. It’s delicious in cookies and brownies, cinnamon rolls etc. I use mostly whole wheat flour for my breads but if you want a delicious white roll or bread this is great for that as well. I get this flour at Costco there are two 10 pound bags and the price has changed some but I think it’s roughly around $14 you can get it off Amazon but it is so expensive, so get it at Costco if you have access to one. Here’s the website for Central Milling Company and it looks like they have a lot of products that you can buy there, I’ve never bought it from there but it’s worth a look, they have a lot of organic flour options but it does look like it’s more expensive on the site than it is at Costco. Costco is my go to girl so I love that I can buy the things I love/need from there.

* Again I am not affiliated with Costco or Central Milling Company I just love this flour so I wanted to share it with you.