Pickled Onion, Avocado & Corn Salad with FreshDirect

First up I NEED to share with you my latest salad/salsa creation. I made this the other day with short rib tacos AND for a taco night when we were in Naples and both times it was a big hit. Not sure if this is better called a salad or a salsa because I’ve eaten it alone and topped on a taco, but we are going with salad for now! A corn salad is all sorts of awesome no matter what season – but it’s sort of extra awesome in warm weather, or when you are just wishing you are in warm weather!

Here’s how I made it ->

Pickled Onion, Avocado & Corn Salad

What You Need:

  • 1 red onion, diced
  • ⅔ c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • juice of 2 limes
  • handful of grape tomatoes, sliced
How To:
  1. Mix together the red onion & vinegar in a bowl. Allow to sit for 20 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the drained corn, avocado, red pepper, lime juice and grape tomatoes.
  3. Drain the onions, but reserve a couple tablespoons of the pickling juice. Toss the quick pickled onions and reserved juice with the corn and avocado mixture.
  4. Serve & Enjoy!

Seriously, go make this now! The pickled onions make this dish amazing and you can totally add any other veggies you like!

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I made this lovely meal after a grocery delivery from FreshDirect!

The folks at FreshDirect contacted me a few weeks back asking me if I would be willing to try out their service for a review on the blog. I had been seeing ads for FreshDirect all over and I’d been seriously interested in trying out a grocery service myself, since food shopping with a little should be an olympic event!

Living in the city I know tons of people who use FreshDirect. Where we live, and just in the city in general our main market options include Whole Foods – which is pricey, or Trader Joes – which is awesome, but doesn’t always have a lot of what I am looking for.

So when I had the opportunity to try FreshDirect myself, I knew the perfect time to do it -> when I came back from vacation in Naples! I placed this order on Monday afternoon & when I came home on Wednesday, in the 2 hour window I had previously selected {5pm-7pm} I had two boxes full of groceries show up at my door. And it was pretty much perfect timing since you know when you come back from a trip there is nothing to eat in the house ever!

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In this order, I wanted to try a little bit of everything to try out as much of the FreshDirect product as I could. Here’s what I ordered:

  • Stonyfield Yobaby Yogurt- 6 pack , organic
  • Mountainside Farms 2% Milk
  • Tuscan Dairy Farms Whole Milk
  • 2 Haas Avocados
  • 2.20 lbs Beef Short Ribs
  • Local Harvest Lean Ground Beef
  • Whole Corn Kernels
  • FreshDirect Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Stir Fry Kit {raised w/o antibiotics}
  • Bunch of Arugula
  • 2 packs Grape Tomtoes
  • 2 Green Cucumbers
  • 2 Bunches Green Kale
  • 16 oz. Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper

    fresh direct haul

The one thing that was awesome about this was, as I had previously mentioned, coming home to a somewhat stocked fridge without having to go anywhere. The rough part about it all was not really having a grocery list or plan – because, hey! I was still on vacation & had no idea what was still in the house! So it was sort of a random list of food but things that I knew we ate regularly and things that seemed to be a pretty good deal.

This whole grocery haul cost around $67 {I scored free shipping too using code RMNSHIPFREE}- which I didn’t think was too bad considering the short ribs were sort of pricey { they were $17 & we wanted to treat ourselves, this isn’t something I normally buy} and I got us the stir fry kit {$12} as something we could immediately make when we got home for dinner – this was more of a convenience thing & I wanted to try out the FreshDirect kits . And did I mention -> everything was delivered right to our door?

I wanted to get a bit of everything – dairy, meat, fruit, vegetables, prepped to cook and a little something for Brooks too. I thought that made the most sense to try everything out and I have been really pleased with the products. Everything has been fresh & tasty and delicious.

kung pao

Here’s a little peak of how the Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Stir Fry kit turned out. Everything we needed, chicken included was all packed into a container and we just had to heat everything up & add the sauce. Not to mention it was super delicious!

FreshDirect offers a wide variety of prepped to cook meals and I totally want to try a few more out, because literally, it couldn’t have been easier & this meal brought the heat!

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Stir-Fry Kit


As a mom who lives in the city, grocery shopping isn’t always the easiest thing for me to get done, but it is also something I need to do on a regular basis. I totally plan on using the FreshDirect again soon – it was convenient, quick and everything was fresh & tasty!

Thanks FreshDirect for the groceries this week!


Have you ever used a grocery delivery service?

Would you? What are your thoughts about it?


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  • Reply Patty O January 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Yes, I would totally use a Food Service. We have several in our area and I would seriously use this service if I couldn’t get out for some reason. This sounds like the perfect solution for you living in the city and for convenience in the winter when it’s hard to get out with a little one! Your Fresh Direct products looked awesome!

  • Reply Kelly dunn January 24, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Love fresh direct they have great prices sometimes on fruit and veggies. Try their frozen pizzas they are great and very reasonably priced. I like the fresh direct branded stuff as well.

  • Reply Lisa January 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I saw a presentation at my church group about a Boycott of Fresh Direct because they want millions of dollars in tax monies, they would pollute the South bronx where kids have asthma and take over a waterfront where the community wants parks a school and affordable housing. Look it up. I saw it made me feel bad personally to use them:-(

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