Ashford Salad

Recipe submitted by Valerie Simpson, Speaking of Women’s Health Celebrity Spokeswoman.

Ashford Salad

Sometimes, there’s nothing like a traditional salad to balance your diet and your taste buds. Mix fresh vegetables from your garden into this fresh dish. This salad makes a great low-calorie lunch or snack.


  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce, with tough outer leaves removed
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 large ripe tomato, cut into small wedges
  • 1 large English cucumber, sliced


  • Wash lettuce, dry, wrap in paper towels and put into refrigerator.
  • In large salad bowl, mix oil, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and garlic.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix in tomato and cucumber.
  • Just before serving, remove lettuce from refrigerator, break into large pieces and toss in salad bowl.
  • With salad tongs, mix vigorously until each lettuce leaf has been flavored with dressing.

This recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

  • 100 calories
  • 1 gram protein
  • 6 grams carbohydrates
  • 9 grams fat
  • 0 milligrams cholesterol
  • 122 milligrams sodium
  • 2 grams fiber