Taste of the Spice Isles - Citrus and Avocado Salad

This week's recipe will impress the likes of the A-listers and they don't even know how easy it is to make. It is a perfect post diner refreshment when the salt you have taken in needs to find its equilibrium with sugar again which makes the taste sensation all the more poignant.

A refreshing and attractive citrus and avocado salad, ideal with grilled oily fish.

Ingredients

Mixed red and green lettuce or other salad leaves

2 sweet pink grapefruits

1 large or 2 small avocados, peeled, stoned (pitted) and sliced

For the dressing

90ml/6 tablespoons extra-virgin oil

30ml/ 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 garlic clove, crushed

5ml/ 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Salt and ground black pepper

For the caramelised peel

4 oranges and the juice of one

50g/2oz/ ΒΌ cup caster (superfine) sugar

60ml/4 tablespoons cold water

Method

To make the caramelised peel, using a vegetable peeler, carefully remove the rind from the oranges in thin strips and reserve the fruit. Scrape away the white pith from the underside of the rind with a small, sharp knife, and cut the rind into fine shreds.

Put the sugar and water in a small pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add the shreds of orange rind, increase the heat and boil steadily for 5 minutes, or until the rind is tender. Using two forks, remove the orange rind from the syrup and spread it out on a wire rack to dry. Reserve the cooking syrup to add to the dressing.

Wash and dry the lettuce or other salad leaves and tear or chop them into bite size pieces. Using a sharp knife, remove the pith from the oranges and the pith and peel from the grapefruit. Hold the citrus fruits over a bowl and cut out each segment leaving the membrane behind. Squeezing the remaining juice from the membrane in the bowl.

Put all the dressing ingredients into as screw-top jar and shake well. Add the reserved syrup and adjust the seasoning to taste. Arrange the salad ingredients on plates with the sliced avocado. Spoon over the dressing and sprinkle with the caramelised peel. Serve immediately.

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