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Orange and Avocado Salad with Citrus, Mint and Vanilla Dressing

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This is a good late winter recipe when the navel oranges are in season. If Cara Cara oranges are available, they’re wonderful! Some people believe they are a cross between a grapefruit and an orange. They aren’t, so don’t worry if you can’t eat grapefruit. Also, any of the mandarin family are good in this salad as well. Feel free to mix up the greens however you’d like. If you have access to watercress, for instance, it would add a nice peppery flavor. You may also substitute thinly sliced fennel instead of cucumber.

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Orange and Avocado Salad with Citrus, Mint and Vanilla Dressing

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Ingredients

  • 2 large navel oranges, peeled vertically and cut into segments
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced into thin rings
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces arugula, baby spinach, baby greens or head lettuce
  • 3 ounces or a package of sunflower sprouts or pea shoots
  • Feta or blue cheese crumbled (optional)

Dressing

  • 3 Tablespoons olive or nut oil
  • 4 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Rain’s Choice Vanilla Sugar or 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more) fresh mint, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel the oranges with a knife, removing all the white pith possible. Separate the segments of the oranges from the thin filament as well as possible. Squeeze the remainder of the orange for the juice. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the avocado, onion and cucumber.
  3. Blend the salad dressing ingredients in a bottle or jar, shake and taste, adjusting flavors to taste.
  4. Place the greens and spouts in a large bowl or on individual plates. Add orange and avocado slices and cucumbers, toss with dressing. Top with cheese if desired.

Notes

Serves 4

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is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.

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