Friday, May 11, 2012

Orange and Avocado Chopped Salad with Citrus Basil Dressing

Orange and avocado chopped salad with a citrus basil dressing.

For some reason in that first photo the orange looks almost fluorescent.

For the rest of the shots they looked much more toned down. Either way it tasted the same - delicious!

This salad was quite a surprise. I just threw some stuff together on a whim and it turned out terrific.

I needed to use up the orange and avocado I had hanging around. I poked around the refrigerator and grabbed some greens and some pickled ginger.

I threw together a vinaigrette that tasted good but when it was paired with the salad? Oh, my word!

All the flavors were bright and clean and the sweet spice of the pickled ginger really put it over the top. 

You should make this salad as soon as you can - especially on a hot summer day.

Orange and Avocado Chopped Salad with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

Serves 2

Ingredients for the salad:

3 cups of butter lettuce, chopped
1 cup of spinach, chopped
1 medium orange, cut into segments
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp of sweet pickled ginger, chopped fine
1 Tbsp of dressing (see below)

Ingredients for the citrus basil vinaigrette:

3 Tbsp of orange juice
4 Tbsp of olive oil
2 Tbsp of chopped fresh basil
1/2 Tbsp of rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp of fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp of orange zest
1/2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast
black pepper to taste


Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.

Assemble the spinach and lettuce in a bowl and toss with the dressing. Add in the chopped orange, avocado and pickled ginger and toss to combine.


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