Feb 22, 2012

Pear avocado salad

While a pear salad with chicken could be served as a main dish, one with avocado and nuts does much better as a side.  In this case, make the dressing first.  In a food processor, combine:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 avocado (mostly for the oil)
  • Olive oil (because an avocado won't yield enough)
  • Ground coriander
  • Just a dash of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ~ 3/4 inch of jalapeno
Pulse until that is well combined.  For the salad itself, simply combine:
  • 1/3 bunch of spinach, hand torn
  • 2 pears (bosc and anjou work here as well), cubed small
  • 1 avocado plus the remaining half, sliced or cubed
  • Scant half cup of almond, rough chopped
Dress, toss, serve immediately.  The mild heat from the jalapeno brings out the pears' sweetness, which is further enhanced by the coriander and cinnamon.

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