A Whole Lotta Avocado and Orange Salad!

by zesty on January 8, 2010 · 15 comments

Good day to you!  I am back with another exciting post to keep you on your toes and wanting to almost lick the screen with excitement.  Well that might be slightly over the edge but I was trying to be somewhat funny.  I know… I know I am not that great at being funny – well at least portraying myself as funny over the internet.  In real life I am hilarious – ask anyone if you don’t believe me!

Ok enough of me being a dork and onto a serious note.  I have a kick bum salad to share with you today.  It was part of the superb Bistro night at the NYE Gala.  When you read the ingredients you will be saying to yourself… wow these ingredients are very simple and you are right.  Simple and easy wins the race.  I am telling you – great food made simple is definitely the way to go.  I have had a hard time grasping that in the early part of my life when I always thought great food had to be fancy, but it really doesn’t have to be that way.


Just take a look below and see the specs to make this beauty.


  • Mixed greens for 8 people, store mix or make own as desired.
  • 3 Large oranges
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 Tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tsp. honey
  • 2 Medium shallots, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Segment the oranges and collect juice from the procedure, set aside segments and the juice.
  2. Should have about 3/4 cup of juice and add to this with another orange if needed.
  3. Combine 1/2 cup of the orange juice with ginger, and mustard. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a second bowl mix 1/2 the shallots with the remaining orange juice and whisk in the olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
  5. When ready to serve, open and dice the avocados and mix with honey ginger dressing, add the remaining shallots, cilantro and mint.
  6. Add this mixture to the greens and gently mix.
  7. Top with remaining dressing at the table if needed.
  8. ENJOY!


Zesty Tip: Did you know, Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that add to the nutrient quality of your diet.

Around the Blogsphere

  • So I finally had some time yesterday to check out the blogstalker again.  Nate was missing in action for a while but I did miss a few oh his hilarious posts.  Nate is a fantastic writer and will definitely make you laugh as he talks about food blogs all over the net.  He has mentioned Cooking a couple of times and seems to enjoy my hair style.  If you have not yet checked him out… you must today over at the blogstalker.
  • I am pretty excited to do a guest post this coming Sunday at Picky Palate.  In the same breath, I am kind of nervous and wondering what I should feature as the post.  I am sure I will come up with something.
  • I have completed the Campbell’s Video Shoot for GoodBite.com.  I am reathrilled about the outcome.  It launched on January 26th so I will be sure to keep you posted and get you ready for the big splash in a couple of weeks.
  • OPEN SKY Discount NEWS….. Open Sky launched a new look yesterday and it is looking super hot.  You can check out my new store front and in addition to the sexy new look you can enter a coupon code “REDESIGN” and receive a 10% Coupon.  This discount will run until the end of January so spread the word and buy whatever you see fit.  If you are looking for certain products and do not see them in my store – let me know and I will work on getting them in my store and trying them out.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren January 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

I’ve never paired oranges and avocado before, but I bet they taste fantastic together. The sweet and fresh orange must be a great compliment to the rich and creamy avocado. Yum!


2 Whitney @ Lettuce Love January 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

I love adding oranges and avocado to a salad. It is such a great balance between sweet, tangy, and creamy.


3 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

I love your avocado-orange combo!


4 brandi January 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

yum – I love avocado with anything citrusy!

hope today’s a good one, Cooking!


5 Biz January 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I love fruit notes in salad – hubby, not so much! I’ll have to save this one for my lunch next week.

Happy Friday Cooking!


6 Janna (Just Flourishing) January 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Love simple salads like this.

I just recently made one with grapefruit and it was delicious.


7 Danica January 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Delicious! I LOVE AVOCADO and fruit in my salad. I am going to have to save this one :) Oh then maybe add some dried cranberries and nuts too because well I never seem to be able to leave a recipe as is :D

Happy Friday!


8 Marianne January 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Oh Cooking, I think you are funny :) It’s all good!

And the salad looks great, except for that pesky cilantro. I bet it would be awesome without it though :D


9 Mitzi January 9, 2010 at 3:01 am

I absolutely love AVOCADOS!! Can’t wait to try this and add either dried cherries or cranberries and some nut. Yum!


10 The Candid RD January 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

Yum. I’ve really been into oranges lately. And of course avocado are amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

Happy New Year to you!


11 Teresa Rolfe Kravtin January 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm

It mentions ginger in the method but not in the ingredients. How much?


12 [Blocked by CFC] easy recipes January 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I’ve seen so much of your blog over this months but i never said Thank You! you’ve been quite an inspiration for me.


13 Lyn January 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

How much ginger, you say add ginger but never list how much??? Looks great, does anyone know how much ginger? thanks!


14 ZestyCook January 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

@Lyn – Sorry for the delay… The ginger was about a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger.


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