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4 June, 2013

Sweet Cherry Tomatoes & Avocado Salad

Posted in : All, Appetizer/Sides, Dinner, Lunch on by : hdcook

Sweet Cherry Tomatoe  & Avocado Salad

Hey you? Yes You! are you looking at the Picture above, now be honest does that look mouth watering to you? I know it does you see vine ripen cherry tomatoes, nice and firm green avocados, and  firm and fresh cucumber and what do you get=My Sweet Cherry Tomatoes & Avocado Salad, This salad is amazing, its healthy and just full of freshness and it is the perfect salad dish to serve for any out door BB-Q or any out door gathering for the upcoming summer months. Lets face it changing up the side salad is good for the summer months while I have nothing against serving just your regular old salad with ranch dressing or Caesar having a variety in your disposal is just being a good cook right?  the one upside to this salad is that it has no mayo~I use a very simple and very summer hot appropriate vinaigrette that kicks up the freshness to another level.

Citrus Vinaigrette

Citrus Vinaigrette, the combination of Orange, lemon & lime makes this vinaigrette just pop with citrus and full of freshness, I love this vinaigrette and you will to trust me~it is so so good with the salad not just this salad but for any other salad that you can think of.

Tips to make this Salad even more delicious:

Add  some black beans or some nice sweet corn, some nice bell peppers is  great, even fennel

Chill the salad before serving at least 30 minutes to an hour

Make it a main dish: grill up  chicken or a nice flank steak, use the vinaigrette as a marinade and shaved Parmigiano Regiano for a nice cheese action and  punctuation

For the seafood lovers: Poached Lobster tail, scallops and grilled shrimp or Salmon

Double the recipe for large parties

 

Sweet Cherry Tomatoes & Avocado Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3

Ingredients

  • Citrus Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 Cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 Cup of fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large shallot mince
  • Half a large grated garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon each orange zest and lemon zest
  • 1 Teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of Sweet chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • red pepper flakes(optional)
  • Salad
  • 8-10 oz of Sweet cherry tomatoes slice
  • 1 Large cucumber dice
  • 2 Large avocado dice

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan simmer orange juice, lime juice and lemon juice for 4 minutes or until it reduces to 1/3 cup. remove from heat and whisk in vinegar, shallots and grated lemon and Orange,dijon mustard, sweet chilli garlic sauce, salt and black pepper. add Olive oil and whisk till it emulsified. Refrigerate till its cool.
  2. In a Salad bowl combine slice cherry tomatoes, dice avocado and cucumber and toss together, add the vinaigrette as much or as little as you want, Chill for 30 minutes to an hour before serving. Enjoy
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