We love the Food Network and one of our favorite chefs to watch is Dave Lieberman. Dave makes some really delicious food at a very low cost. I have to say that I think his forte is salads. Now what's to a salad? Not much, but don't you ever just want to make one that is a step above your average iceberg lettuce with some low-fat ranch dressing thrown on top? Dave always makes a salad something a bit special. I made this one on Sunday and we both really loved it. The dressing went perfectly with the avocado.
For the salad:
- 2 small to medium heads Boston lettuce, discard any wilted leaves
- 1 Hass avocado, pitted
- 1 large bunch scallions, thinly sliced
- Leaves from 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
For the dressing:
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- About 20 grinds fresh black pepper
- 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
Pull the lettuce leaves from the head, rinse gently under cold water, and lay out on clean towels to dry. Use a spoon to remove the flesh in 1 piece from each half of the avocado. Thinly slice the avocado flesh into thin wedges.
Whisk together all the dressing ingredients.
Arrange the lettuce leaves on a plate and top with the avocado wedges, scallion, and cilantro. Finish with a healthy drizzling of the dressing.Servings: 6 - 8
Note: I love having Varla Jean and Calvin cook with me. They LOVE nibbling on the greens that I feed them. If you have little feathered friends, please be aware that avocado is poisonous for them. DO NOT LET YOUR BIRDS NEAR AVOCADO!!!