Summer is here and I tend to want to eat a bit lighter during these warm months. Here is a good side salad. If you want to make it a main meal then add sautéed chicken, shrimp or tofu.
1 Garlic Clove
1 Diced Large Shallot
1 Seeded and Diced Jalapeno Pepper
4 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 Large Seeded and Diced Red Pepper
1 Large Peeled and Diced Cucumber
1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
3 Sliced Ripe Avocados
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Pound the garlic clove to a smooth paste. Place the garlic, shallot, jalapeno, kosher salt and lime juice into a small size bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup olive oil and stir to combine. Place the red pepper, cucumber and chopped cilantro into a medium size bowl. Pour half of the garlic vinaigrette into the bowl of red pepper mixture. Stir to combine well. Arrange the sliced avocado on a serving platter and pour the remaining garlic vinaigrette evenly over the top of the avocado. Spoon the red pepper mixture on and around the avocado. Serve immediately. Serves 4 as a side salad or 2 as a main dish.
Tip: When seeding a jalapeno, lay the pepper on its side on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife and cut just to the right of the stem and along one side of the pepper. Remove just the flesh and not the seeds. Rotate the pepper a quarter turn and then slice again. Continue to turn and slice until you have four seedless slices. Throw away the seeds and core.