Citrus Avocado Salad

Sometimes things work out the way you want.  I was looking for something to do with my brussel sprouts and my avocado I had lying around, and then POP “you’ve got mail”.  This little summertime gem was dropped into my email from Self.com recipes and it could not have appeared at the more appropriate time.

This is a perfect summer time salad to mix it up rather than the standard romaine, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.  It has a nice punch of flavors and it is hearty enough to keep you filled until dinner time…or until breakfast the next morning (if you eat it for dinner!).

Adapted from Self.com

Ingredients

8 brussels sprout, halved

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider wine vinegar

Juice of 1/2 blood orange

Juice of 1/2 lemon

3 heaping handfuls spinach (or arugula)

2 avocados, cut into cubes

1 1/2 blood oranges, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup almonds, chopped (optional)

***Note: I did not have any blood oranges around, so I used regular oranges.  Not as sweet but still delicious.

Directions

1) Preheat oven high on broil.

2) In a medium bowl, toss brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper.

3) Spread brussels sprouts on baking sheet and broil for about 8-10 minutes until slightly charred on top.

4) Remove brussels sprouts from oven and set aside.

5) In a sealable jar (or just a container with a tight lid), combine oil, vinegar and citrus juices and shake dressing.

6) In a medium bowl, transfer brussels sprouts along with arugula, avocado, orange pieces and dressing and toss well.

7) Season with salt and pepper and top with almonds.

8) Share and enjoy!
I like my brussels sprouts charred and cooked, but you could also just boil and blanch them.  The original recipe also had you shred the brussels sprouts, but I opted not to because I’m kinda lazy when it comes to stuff like that.  Just being honest. I actually preferred the addition of the grilled taste to the salad because it really added to the summertime element of the dish.  All the flavors came together very well and it is definitely a nice way to break up your standard everyday salad.

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