This salad is also from my cooking class with Karen Lee. I loved this salad. It was so delicious. Of course you probably have to love avocados and red onion but if you do, this is just an awesome delicious salad. Very easy, very few ingredients, and very few moving parts. Enjoy!
Feel free to add any protein into this salad. Chicken, shrimp, tofu, or even some chopped eggs. Recently I have been seeing a lot of poached or fried egg on top of salad. Yum! this one would be perfect with a fried egg atop! Give it a try.
1 bunch arugula (try to use organic if available; if you don’t have arugula, you can use escarole, endive, frisee or chicory)
1 bunch romaine or red leafy lettuce (you can throw in a little radicchio as well)
*use any combo of your favorite greens
1/2 cup diced red onion (optional)
1 ripe (not too ripe) avocado, diced
*any protein you like
Sherry Lemon Vinaigrette:
6 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. aged sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice (or lime)
pinch cayenne powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
Make the dressing by dissolving the salt in the lemon juice and vinegar. Then add the cayenne and whisk in the olive oil.
Clean lettuces and dry. I wrap lettuce in a dry kitchen towel and set aside. However, you can clean and dry lettuce however you want; it is fine. You can even buy pre-washed lettuces . Peel and dice red onion.* Combine the lettuce, onion and diced avocado in a bowl. Toss with most of the dressing, taste, and then add more dressing, if desired. This is a lovely salad and you can keep it very simple. I ate it with Roast Chicken the other night, and they went together perfectly. I only used arugula but use whatever lettuce you like.
* The only suggestion I have is that if it is the winter and the red onion is particularly strong, you can soak it in a small bowl of water with a little lemon juice and drain and dry, thus removing the very strong oniony flavor. This is usually not an issue in the summer. Or just let it be strong, and just dice it and add it.