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Mexican Avocado Orange Salad

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This green salad has flavours reminiscent of Mexico so I call it Mexican Avocado Orange Salad. I like to serve it in winter when oranges are at their peak.

In my opinion one can never have too many good salad recipes. This one has vibrant colours and a simple lime vinaigrette that lets all the flavours in this delicious combination shine.

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Homemade vs Store Bought Salad Dressing

In case you didn’t know, I don’t buy salad dressing. You can, I just don’t. When I learned to cook I wanted to try all the ingredients I had never heard of and the combinations I read about but couldn’t have even imagined. That included all sorts of salads with dressings using flavoured oils and vinegars. Many of these oils and vinegars could only be found in specialty food shops. Nowadays I most often use extra virgin olive oil for my salad dressings but vinegar…I have a large collection of vinegars in my pantry.

In my kitchen I default to a basic vinaigrette dressing using any combination of oil and vinegar in a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio. This Mexican Avocado Orange Salad uses a lime vinaigrette made with three parts olive oil to one part lime juice.

Mexican Orange Avocado Salad
Mexican Orange Avocado Salad -photo credit Jim Little

 

Everyday to Gourmet – Mexican Avocado Orange Salad

On any given night I just chop up some lettuce, toss everything together and serve this salad in a bowl. Even in a big salad bowl, the colours of the avocado, tomato, orange and corn look beautiful. For an everyday meal I’ll still make this recipe even if I’m missing one ingredient.

When I want a gourmet presentation I will serve the same salad but pay attention to the small details. I choose the nicest lettuce leaves to line a large platter and I carefully cut all of the ingredients to the size I want. Just those details turn this salad into a gourmet dish that is sure to please your family or friends. A few of my favourite dishes to serve this salad with are:

A plate with crab quesadillas with a drizzle of chipotle mayo
Crab Quesadillas -photo credit Jim Little

Get The Tools

You don’t need a lot of tools for salad making but you need some basics. My list includes:

Let me know in the comments below if you tried this salad and how you liked it.


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A Round Up of Summer Salads
A Round Up of Summer Salads -photo credit Jim Little

 

 

Ingredients

1 avocado, peeled and chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 oranges, peeled and chopped or segmented
⅔ cup frozen corn, thawed
¼ cup minced red onion
LIME VINAIGRETTE
6 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lime juice
salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
SERVING – red lettuce leaves to line the platter

Directions

1
Combine all salad ingredients in a large salad bowl.
2
LIME VINAIGRETTE*
3
In a small bowl whisk oil and lime juice together.
4
Add salt and pepper to taste.
5
Pour vinaigrette over salad. Add cilantro and gently toss.
6
Taste and adjust seasoning.
7
Line platter with whole lettuce leaves. Mound salad in the center of the platter and serve. Sprinkle with additional cilantro if you like.
8
*VARIATIONS – Add ½ tsp cumin, and or ½ tsp chili powder if you want more seasoning.

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