Sunday, August 22, 2010

Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Chile and Lime Dressing

You wouldn't have ever set your neighbors up on a blind date, right? They seem like they wouldn't go together at all, and yet they've been happily married for 15 years. (I'm not talking about the Quiet Man and me, ahem, but I could be.) Some things just seem like they would never go together. Like avocados and nectarines. Who'd have thunk? But then they end up in a late night study group and fall madly in love and make beautiful babies-uh, I mean salad together. Mr. luscious avocado has a serious crush on senorita sweet juicy nectarine. Ooh, la la. It's not an obvious match, true, but once they got to know each other they refused to be separated. Have them set up house on a cozy little bed of mixed greens. Throw in a little savory feta for a wedding veil and you've got a match made in heaven. Don't listen to what the tabloids say. This couple's going to make it.
This salad is perfect for using up your extra Chile Lime Dressing from the Mexican Grilled Corn below. Just squeeze in a little extra lime for some acid. Nectarines and other stone fruits are at their peak right now so you'll be able to get a swell deal. Use whatever greens are on sale this week. Spinach or romaine would be nice. You could make it a meal by throwing in some leftover grilled shrimp, tofu, chicken, or pork.
Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Chile Lime Dressing
Estimated Cost: $6.00 for four large servings
For the Dressing:
Combine in a bowl the following ingredients
3 tablespoons mayonaise (or swap out Greek Yogurt)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 tsp. lime zest
juice from 1 lime
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. chili powder
generous pinch kosher salt
Layer the following on a platter:
6 ounces mixed baby greens
1 chopped, pitted avocado
1-2 chopped nectarines
1/4 cup sliced red onion
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
Drizzle with dressing and serve. Yumma!
Up Next:
Chicken Fettucini Alfredo


gigi said...

Oh, my great goodness, this combination would really float my boat! I need one for today's lunch, please!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Cute post Prudie, never thought those 2 would go together.

Catherine said...

Looks like a match made in heaven and delicious too!

Sam and Carmin said...

Mmm. Had this tonight. But Anchorage is sold out of summer fruit by now, so I used frozen mango chunks instead. It was yummy! Next summer I'll try the nectarines.

Michal said...

When I lived in Whittier with my mom, we made a salad with avocado, nectarines, cashews, craisins, feta, and banana bread croutons. Yum. You are right-- they are a match made in heaven.

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