Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Simplest Dish on the Planet: Summery Avocado Salad

Well, it didn't take us long to go back to Beacon after our fabu meal there last week. This time I got the avocado salad and miso soup. I had the avocado salad there before and make the same thing at home a lot--it's the kind of dish you feel a little dumb ordering because it's so simple you could whip it up yourself in 2 minutes, but whatever, it's free for me! Thanks, work!

The Beacon version uses Tokyo Negi (a kind of Japanese leek) and while it's good, the dish is just as good without it and really who wants to go to the trouble of tracking down Tokyo negi? Here is the way I make this simple salad at home:

Knock-off of Beacon's Avocado Salad

1/2 avocado (pit removed)
1 bunch microgreens, washed and dried
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 tsp. cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp. sesame oil
3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

Slice the avocado and arrange in a fan on the plate. Top with microgreens. Sprinkle plate with sesame seeds and cilantro.

Whisk rice wine vinegar and sesame oil together; drizzle over avocado.


Emilia said...

Oh, this sounds very good, I'm going to try this; I harbour this slight cilantro obsession. I think I have everything I need to make this.

Did you use toasted seeds or plain ones?

Andrew K. Westin said...

I'm confused, I keep looking at the picture trying to figure out what the surface is that the Avocado Fan is resting on. A little help please?

Mallory said...

Hi Liz,

I sent your link to my friend Alexis and she is kinda obsessed with your blog even though she isn't living in LA. Anyways, she did a take off of your salad that you posted and she put up a line to your site. I think her blog is:
Oh and Hillary and I are planning a trip to LA. I am not sure when as I am super poor, but hopefully this year.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I really love avocado salads! This looks just great - really showcasing the avocado!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

Yo Soy! said...

emilia--I use plain but thats mostly because I'm too lazy to toast--either works fine. Also, another note, I like the dressing to be pretty zesty so you may want to play with the ratio of oil to vinegar.

andrew--the surface is a granite platter--straight from the gold room :)

mallory--hollllllla!!!!! visit for sure!!! and sweet link back to your friends blog, love it!

Emilia said...

I made this and I will be making this quite often, thanks for the great recipe I really liked this!