Avocado, Tomato & Black-Eye Pea Salad with CitrusĀ Vinaigrette

By NancyML
June 16, 2012
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Author Notes: Fresh, flavorful and filling as is, this gluten-free vegetarian dish is also excellent topped with grilled shrimp or chicken, or thinly sliced, grilled flank steak. Even without the addition of optional meat, it is a beautiful, satisfying meal.NancyML

Serves: 6 side or 4 large entree portions

Ingredients

For the Citrus Vinaigrette

  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground, freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon good quality mayonnaise

For the Salad

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ripe avocados, diced
  • 6 cups tender greens
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (thawed frozen will work well if fresh isn't available)
  • 1 15 ounce can black-eye peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped tender herbs, such as basil, parsley, cilantro or chives, or any combination of them
  • OPTIONAL: Grilled shrimp, grilled chicken, or thinly sliced, grilled flank steak

Directions

  1. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly emulsified. Set aside.
  2. Toss the diced avocado with 2 tablespoons lime juice in a medium bowl. Set aside. Toss the greens with half the prepared vinaigrette and place on a large serving platter or individual plates. Top with chopped tomato, red onion, avocado, corn and black-eye peas. Sprinkle chopped herbs over salad. Serve the remaining vinaigrette on the side.

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