Avocado and Orange Salad with Radishes, Pumpkin Seeds and Thai Basil

I’m just going to give a few reasons why I love Portland, Oregon. The first reason is the inspiration for my avocado and orange salad. In Northern California avocados are flooding our markets right now, just begging to be brought home to our kitchens so that we can enjoy them in salads, sandwiches, soups, sauces and desserts, just to name a few ways to take advantage of our avocado season. One of the best things about my hotel room was finding the June edition of ‘Portland’s Magazine of Food and Drink’, a publication featuring the enjoyment of dining outdoors in the warm summer weather where I found colorful and refreshing recipes for summer salads, including this one for the avocados waiting for me at home.


Another thing I love about Portland this time of year, wild flowers, wow, they are everywhere and they are stunning!

I can’t visit Portland without visiting Stumptown Coffee, I love the way the baristas in Portland style the top of the foam in their espresso drinks, notice the sweet little heart on top of my cappuccino.

I’m enjoying my summer herb garden and decided to use Thai basil in my salad because it’s fresh anise flavor complements both the avocados and oranges. The radishes and pumpkin seeds add some crunch in contrast to the creamy avocado. The lime and jalapeno wake up all the flavors, making everything come together for a perfectly balanced salad on a hot summer day!

Recipe and Directions for Avocado and Orange Salad with Radishes, Pumpkin Seeds and Thai Basil

Makes 4-6 servings

Juice of 1 lime, about 2&1/2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small jalapeno chile, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons minced Thai basil
Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 navel oranges, peeled and cut into segments
1 small bunch of radishes, sliced into coins
3 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seed
2 tablespoons capers
1 small head frisée, broken into small pieces
2 large avocados, pitted, peeled and cut into small cubes

Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, jalapeno, Thai basil, a large pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Toss the oranges, radishes, capers and frisée together and place on a plate, scatter the pumpkin seeds and avocado over the top. Season with salt and drizzle with dressing, serve immediately.

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  1. This salad sounds truly delicious, Patty. Did you know I'm one of these weird people that likes salad better than anything. Of course, it has to be a super fresh salad, and I know that is possible in Portland. What a wonderful place it truly is…
    p.s. you just made me crave coffee with that photo, so I'm having another one even though it's 3 and I shouldn't (smile).

  2. What a fresh and delicious looking salad! Beautiful presentation:)

  3. Loved the thai flavors, and the crunchy pumpkin seeds. Yummm. It looks divine.

  4. Oh Patty, I love the ingredients you picked for your salad! Yay for Pumpkin seeds and Thai basil!

    I know it's just perfect for summer and I want your herb garden so bad :)

    I like Portland too. I like its downtown. So much cleaner than downtown Seattle (oops) I need to try that coffee as most of time when I was there I was busy shopping haha

  5. Btw, love the makeover :)

  6. Your site looks great–just like this salad. I like the addition of the capers, too.

    Sounds like a fun trip! :-)

  7. Life IS just a bowl of cherries, isn't it? Lookin' fab as usual, my friend. And what a delicious salad, too. Love all your pics!

  8. Your blog looks beautiful…I love the cherries. And I love that cup of coffee (even the stamp is beautiful). What great ingredients for a fresh, summer salad. You are a blessing!

  9. hi Patty
    what a great salad, I love oranges in my salad! and your images are fantastic, I am so happy to see summer this year…sigh….
    thanks so much for making me smile today!

  10. Your salad looks amazing, Patty. So full of freshness and so bright. Thanks for passing on the recipe.

  11. Beautiful fresh salad, enhanced by pumpkin seeds, simply delicious!

  12. Sounds so delicious!!! If you still have thai basil in your garden try this recipe:


  13. I agree with Stella …I love salads! Yours is great and fresh…..
    Can't wait to try it!

  14. What a tasty and refreshing salad, especially with the Thai basil! I love the pumpkin seeds especially – I've always loved them in salads!

  15. I love all the ingredients in this salad so combining them sounds simply divine.

  16. I recently had a salad with orange in it, and actually enjoyed it. I have no doubt this would be lovely too. Fresh with bite. Liking it.

  17. What a great salad…Love avocado and orange together.

  18. Great recipe Patty! I love Avocado with Orange and your other ingredients sound like they will compliment perfect.

  19. you have a beautiful blog. and that salad looks very refreshing. If you have wild flowers as beautiful as that it must be heavenly where youre living. :)tq for stopping by :)

  20. Hi Patty,

    This is a great salad and perfect for Summer. Thai basil is one of my favorites. It really adds a nice spice that regular basil does not have.


  21. Your salad looks so refreshing and perfect to welcome Summer with. Thai basil is such a wonderful herb with so much flavor. A must try!

  22. Oooh what a great salad!

  23. Hey Patty, I was just making my rounds and wanted to check in on you. I love the new header. The photo is so appetizing and natural looking!

  24. I just love avocados and with oranges and radishes all the better! Wonderful salad!

  25. Patty…your header and wild flowers would make terrific screensavers…just beautiful!
    With warmer days ahead…it's for sure that we'll be scrabbling for more salad ideas. Yours, certainly fits the bill ;o)
    Have a great weekend, Claudia

  26. What a great combination of flavors for a salad! I've been boxed into using avocados for just guacamole, but definitely need to break that trend. Thanks for sharing!

  27. This is such a lovely salad. It is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the stomach. This is my first visit to your blog. I spent some time reading some of your earlier posts and must tell you how much I enjoyed my visit. I'll be back. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  28. A bold salad with so many flavors that I enjoy eating. I don't think I've eaten capers and oranges together. What did you think?

  29. Hi, thanks for all the comments, @ Sara I think capers go with so many things and I guess oranges do the same! I love putting together salads with beautiful organic produce, I'm lucky to have access to such wonderful ingredients in the
    sf bay area!

  30. I just stopped by to tell you how delighted I am that you'll be visiting my blog on a regular basis. We try to keep things interesting and we love company. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  31. Anonymous says:

    I just came across your site and really enjoy it. The recipes sound great. Can't wait to try them. Also, I love your plates and table cloth. Where can I get those? I'm also enjoying all your blog friends sites. -Amy from Ohio

  32. I can see we are on the same wavelenth! This salad looks gorgeous. And I really want to visit Portland, and your post has only made me want to more!

  33. Hi, thanks for comments @Amy, I went to the Gien outlet in France and bought a few dozen salad plates, all different patterns, years before I started my food blog and are they great to use now. I'm glad you're enjoying all the blog sites, they are all so creative and inspiring!
    @ Trix, you'll love Portland!

  34. Fantastic photos. Beautiful and vibrant. Love the dish as well.


  35. your salad with avocado & orange sounds so wonderful but I think the dressing is just awesome

  36. Well, I think this salad sounds fabulous! Just the right mix! I'd also like one of those coffees!

  37. I LOVE Thai basil and use it in everything even in my Italian pasta. This salad is so refreshing and delish, I will try it for sure. :)

  38. Enjoyed this with some friends – fantastic! Thanks, Patty!

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