Spring Sunshine Salad with Citrus Parmesan Dressing

Serves: 4 to 6

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Bright citrus is a perfect foil to creamy avocado and sharp Parmesan.

Ingredients

For the Citrus Parmesan Dressing

For the salad

  • 6 to 8 handfuls mixed salad greens or butter lettuce, washed and dried well Add to list
  • 1 or 2 medium oranges, segmented, pith removed Add to list
  • 1/2 cup or so toasted nuts (sliced almonds, pine nuts, etc.) Add to list
  • 1/2 cup sliced spring onions Add to list
  • About 1/3 cup Citrus Parmesan Dressing Add to list
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced Add to list
  • Parmesan shavings for garnish Add to list

Preparation

To make the dressing

In a medium bowl or glass jar, combine the grated Parmesan, orange zest and juice, and the shallots. Whisk in the white wine vinegar. Whisk in the olive oil and finish by seasoning with salt and pepper.

To make the salad

Wash and dry salad greens well and place them in a large bowl. Add the oranges, nuts and onions. Toss well with some of the dressing, reserving remaining dressing for another use. Add the avocado and give the salad one last light toss — be gentle, you don't want the avocado to disintegrate.

Sprinkle with a few shavings of Parmesan — you can make nice thick curls using a vegetable peeler.

Each serving: 270 cal, 22g fat (3g sat), 0mg chol, 45mg sodium, 16g carb, 7g fiber, 5g protein

Recipe by Jennifer Adler, former PCC Cooks instructor

Source: PCC Sound Consumer, May 2012

More about: avocados, greens, oranges, salad

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