Thursday, January 21, 2010

Colorful Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Avocado Salad Dressing Bowl

Fresh is in order even in the Winter months.  It provides a much needed burst of sunshine.    Making a salad dressing at home takes only minutes can elevate a boring salad to something spectacular.  I used frozen avocado for my creamy dressing.  It works great when this fruit is out of season.

This salad features a wealth of textures, providing  a little something for everyone: crunchy peppers, nutty pepitas, perfumy cilantro, sweet carrots, smoky roasted corn and refreshing romaine leaves.  The final touch is the creamy lime-cilantro dressing.

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Colorful Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing (serves 6)
Can be prepared ahead of time.  Refrigerate the salad components separately from the dressing and mix together just before serving.

2 cups of thinly shredded carrots
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1 cup roasted corn kernels, thawed
2 cups red bell pepper, diced
2 romaine heart salad, torn into bite size pieces
1/4 cup pepitas

1 avocado
1/4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp water

  • Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl
  • In a blender or food processor, blend all the salad dressing ingredients until smooth.
  • Mix the dressing in with the salad just before serving.

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♥peachkins♥ said...

avocado-cilantro dressing?WOW, this is interesting. I wanna try this..

rachel said...

Perfectly timed, as I have a couple of avocados ripening in my fruit bowl.

Beatrice said...

I love the idea of an avocado-cilantro dressing. Yum.

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