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On the table: Citrus & Avocado Salad

Recipe from the book "The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen"

by Amelia Saltsman

Citrus and avocado salad with spicy greens ingredients:



• Large orange

• 2 grapefruits, pomelos, or Oro

• Blancos (pomelo-grapefruit cross)

• 2 large handfuls of wild arugula, watercress,

• pepper cress, or a mix (about 2 ounces 55 g)

• bunch green onions (about 4) or 8 tiny

• spring onions, thinly sliced crosswise

• 2 ripe avocados

• cup (40 g) oil-cured black olives

• Juice of 1⁄2 lemon

• 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

• Freshly ground black pepper

• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


1. Using a ve-hole zester, remove the zest in long curls from the orange and reserve. Peel and segment the orange and grapefruits. Drink the juice from the membranes or save it for another use.

2. Tear the arugula and cress, and scatter over a serving platter or divide among individual salad plates. Top with half the onions. Halve, pit, and peel the avocados, then thinly slice each half lengthwise, arrange the slices over the greens and the citrus segments. Oil-cured olives should be soft enough to tear into pieces to pit them. Scatter the olive pieces, the remaining onions, and the orange zest over the salad.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, salt, and several pepper grinds, then whisk in the oil. Pour the dressing over the salad to serve.

4. For something different, use a thick-skinned pomelo (also spelled pummelo or pomelo), grapefruit's ancient relative with crunchy juice vesicles that you can scatter onto the salad. Pomelos are found at some winter farmers' markets and Asian groceries, especially around Lunar New Year. Arugula and water—and upland cresses, which are at their best this time of year— add a peppery contrast.

This salad is too beautiful to toss in a bowl. Layer the elements on a platter or on individual plates to brighten the grayest winter day.


Article reprinted with permission from The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen by Amelia Saltsman, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

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