Avocado-Mango Salad w/Pickled Shallots and Pistachios

1 Mar

Serves 4 to 6

Enjoy the balance of peppery greens with a bit of sweet from local fruit.  This salad tastes is a beautiful side to seared or grilled fish, veal, or as a main course topped with seared ahi or halibut.

Ingredients:

1 medium shallot (1 to 2 oz), sliced into very thin rings

2 tbsp Champagne or Rice vinegar

Kosher Salt

3 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp Red Wine vinegar

2 cups baby arugula, watercress or spring mix

1/4c roasted, salted pistachios, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp thinly sliced mint

1 tbsp thinly sliced basil

Freshly ground black pepper

3 medium firm-ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced lengthwise 1/4″ thick

2 kiwis, peeled, halved, and sliced 1/4″ thick

1 medium mango seeded, peeled, and sliced lengthwise 1/4″ thick

Directions: In a medium bowl, toss the shallot with Champagne or Rice vinegar and a pinch of salt.  Set aside for 10-20 minutes, stirring once.  Drain the shallot into a small bowl, reserving the vinegar.  Whisk the olive oil and red wine vinegar into the shallot vinegar.   In a separate medium bowl, toss 1 tbsp of the vinaigrette with the pickled shallots, arugula (or watercress), pistachios, mint, basil, 1/4tsp salt, and a few grinds of pepper.  Arrange the avocado, kiwi and mango on a platter.  Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Top with arugula mixture and serve immediately.

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