salads: slat avocado ve pri hada
Avocado citrus salad otherwise known as “slat avocado ve pri hada” is a Middle Eastern delight that will brighten any table on a hot summer day. My husband and I love this salad. But, before I give testament to how much we the love avocado citrus salad let me back up a few days.
When I went to the farmers market on Saturday morning I found these wonderful little gems called physalis pruinosa otherwise known as husk tomatoes or, as the farmer called them, ground cherries. When I asked, “What do I do with these?” His reply was quite simple. “Eat them.” Ask a dumb question, get a dumb answer. The smart a– farmer’s wife heard our exchange and came over to assist. Unfortunately, I heard a great deal about how time consuming it was to pick ground cherries, which I don’t doubt and no culinary suggestions. I bought them out of curiosity.
After researching the ground cherry and then tasting one I thought it would be a wonderful addition both texturally and flavor wise to the avocado citrus salad. I made the salad. However, I made it after my husband and I came back from working out. We were hungry, hot and impatient to eat the salad. I hurried along, took some photos and then, halfway through eating my salad I realized I’d forgotten the ground cherries. The remainder of my salad did not look pretty and my husband just grunted as he placed the last morsel of his serving into his mouth.
The avocado citrus salad is flavorful and refreshing. The dressing adds a nice zing to the creamy avocado as well as working well with the orange and grapefruit. It is easy to prepare, perfect for two as a meal or as a great addition to grilled meats, fish or chicken. When I go to friends for a cookout I will bring this salad as I am sure it will be a hit amongst the many potato and pasta salads. As a friend of mine says, “It is a sexy salad”. I’m not sure where to go with that, but I’m pretty sure it is a good thing.
Ground cherries. To be continued…
Slat Avocado Ve Pri Hada
2 ripe avocados, cut into bite sized pieces *
2 oranges, segmented and cut into bite sized pieces
1 orange, juiced
1 grapefruit, segmented and cut into bite sized pieces
6oz or more of baby romaine or mixed greens
1 tsp finely grated orange rind
2 tbspn orange juice
2 tbspn olive oil
2 tbspn red wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar
1. Place oranges, grapefruit and avocado into a bowl with the romaine. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl mix together the orange rind, orange juice, oil, vinegar, mustard and sugar. Whisk together and pour over the salad.
*If you are preparing this salad to bring to a party or just want to prep ahead follow the same directions with the following exceptions: (a) do not cut the avocado until the last moment as it browns (b)add the dressing at the last moment to prevent soggy romaine.