Monday, May 24, 2010

Avo-Citrus-Cilantro Dressing

Here is a recipe from my kitchen, a recent concoction that has been delighting my taste buds all week as I slather my salads with this creamy dreamy green dressing.

~Avo-Citrus-Cilantro Dressing~

1/2 Avocado
1 Pink Grapefruit
1 Lime
1 Bunch Cilantro or Italian Parsley, either will work quite nice
1 Clove Garlic
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper

~Remove the pit from your avo, if it isn't gone already.
~Cut your grapefruit into halves, then halve them again into four quarters.
~Use a small hand size juicer (not electric!) to squeeze all the love out of the grapefruit quarters, but make sure you've not let any of the bitter, small seeds into your juice.  Lots of pulp is welcome.
~Do the same with your lime, then set the juices aside.
~In a mortar and pestle or food processor, add your clove of garlic and mash or mince.
~Add the cilantro or Italian parsley to the m & p or food processor, along with 1/2 of the juice, blend together until things become smooth and bright green.
~Add your olive oil, red wine vinegar, cayenne (add more for a little spice!), and then your salt and pepper to taste.
~Blend once more for a few seconds, then add your sliced or cubed avo to the mix.
~Blend until smooth, season to taste, and voila!

This should leave you with 1 1/2 cups of delicious, creamy dreamy green dressing, preservable for up to two weeks in your refridgerator.

Salad Reccomendation:
~Choose your favorite lettuce (a green that is crispy like a romaine or butter lettuce is especially nice).
~Layer the lettuce with the Creamy Dreamy Green dressing, black beans, and pan fried fresh corn.
~Garnish with a handul of grape tomatoes, a few slives of avo, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, then freshly ground salt and pepper. 

You could use this dressing as a dip served with fresh veggies or use it as a sauce with a nice piece of grilled Alaskan Halibut.

So delish!

Enjoy this salad all summer long, especially now that corn and fresh hersbs are in season.


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