Citrus Avocado Salad

and the secret to Grandma’s French Dressing

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This citrus avocado salad is one of my favorites, It’s been on the journey to perfection in my family for generations. The creamy avocado and ripe citrus speak of all the winter bounty while lightening and brightening what can be a pretty heavy food season.

 

Citrus Avocado Salad

 

I come from a long line of passionate home cooks.  My Grandma Dodie cooked amazing, hearty meals for her family daily and I am lucky that she passed her love of food and cooking on to my mother (as well as some of her recipes).  My sister and I also enjoyed a creative home cooked meal every night, and our mom passed along her love of food to the two of us.

I am the third (or possibly 4th) generation to prepare this recipe for my family, and it’s one of my all time favorites.  This citrus avocado salad has evolved over and over again through the past 50 years, but today’s incarnation is exactly what I think of when I dream of my mom’s home cooked dinners.

 

citrus avocado salad components, french dressing, stilton blue cheese, avocado, orange, citrus, butter lettuce

Like any good recipe, but especially for cold, crisp salads, the fresh ingredients take center stage and are the most important.  This salad simply features crisp butter lettuce with perfectly ripe avocado, tangy citrus and sharp stilton cheese.

Even with those beautiful fresh ingredients, the REAL star is the French Dressing.  My Grandma Dodie perfected this over many years of trial and error, and it lives on in the heart of the cooks in my family.  It is the perfect blend of sweet, sour and just a little bit salty.  The secret is in the Heinz Chili Sauce and grated raw onion.

drizzling french dressing on finished citrus avocado salad

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Citrus Avocado Salad (with Grandma's French Dressing)

This citrus avocado salad is one of my favorites, It's been on the journey to perfection in my family for generations.  The creamy avocado and ripe citrus speak of all the winter bounty while lightening and brightening what can be a pretty heavy food season.
Course 1st Course, Sides
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 226 kcal

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 head Butter Lettuce cleaned
  • 1 ripe Avocado sliced
  • 1 Pink Grapefruit sectioned
  • 1 Navel Orange sectioned
  • 4 oz Stilton Cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 Red Onion sliced thin

Grandma's French Dressing

  • 1/3 C Sugar
  • 1/4 C Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/3 C Heinz Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced
  • 2 T Grated Yellow Onion
  • 3/4 C Canola Oil
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small mason jar, combine the sugar, vinegar, chili sauce, lemon juice and grated onion. Stir to dissolve the sugar and blend ingredients.

  2. Add the canola oil, screw the lid on tight and shake vigorously to bring the dressing together. Give it a taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. To assemble the salad, place 3-4 butter lettuce leave in the center of a plate to create a "bed" for the other ingredients. Arrange the citrus, avocado, red onion and stilton on top of the butter lettuce.

  4. Give the dressing one more shake and drizzle lightly over the salads. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Citrus Avocado Salad (with Grandma's French Dressing)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 448mg 19%
Potassium 353mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 47.7%
Vitamin C 60.2%
Calcium 19.6%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Kelly Liken, one of Colorado’s most promising and influential young chefs, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother was an outstanding cook, constantly exploring new recipes and seeking out fresh products at the local farmers market, which led Kelly to develop her love for cooking in high school. Read More