i miss summer. i miss the farmer's market. i really need summer, but because that is at least 4 -5 months away, i decided to try to recreate a bit of summer in the kitchen.
since the citrus is so stunning right now - i decided to start there. by now we know my love of grapefruit - so that was the starting point. then i remembered an episode of barefoot contessa where she made a avocado and grapefruit salad. then i figured that a lime vinaigrette would be pretty good with that - i headed to the grocery store.
in the store i stood in front of the fruit section. i grabbed a couple texas ruby red grapefruit and limes. then i saw kumquats. i have had them once before and their color reminds me of the sun - so they were gonna be part of this. finally i got a couple avocados and mixed greens and went home to create my version of summer on a plate.
grapefruit avocado and kumquat salad
4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tbs lemon and lime juice (mixed together)
1 tps lemon and lime zest (mixed together)
pinch of salt
2 large grapefruits (supremed - to remove the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds of a citrus fruit and separate its wedges.)
mixed baby greens
kumquats - sliced very thin
whisk olive oil, zest and juice together. add salt and pepper to taste. set aside.
cut the avocados in half, remove the seeds, and carefully peel off the skin. Cut each half into 4 - 6 thick slices.
toss grapefruit supremes and avocado (gently) in some of vinaigrette.
toss the greens with vinaigrette.
put greens on plate, place grapefruit and avocado on top of greens and scatter kumquats on top.
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i served it with a baguette.
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