Tomato & Avocado Salad

A greater part of my adult life has been spent with Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and recipes.  My mom used to cook with them and whenever the Barefoot Contessa came out with a new cookbook, the girls in our family would receive one for Christmas.  A treasured gift.  Well, readers, the Barefoot Contessa is coming out with another cookbook this year and I can’t wait to put it on my bookshelf.  I was able to get a sneak peak into that cookbook by trying her Tomato & Avocado Salad.  It will be one of the recipes in her new book.  It is delicious and nice and light.  Perfect as a side or served with other salads, as we did for a picnic last week.  Serves 6-8.

Tomato & Avocado Salad

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided (2 lemons)

2 firm, ripe Hass avocados

2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved through the stem (I prefer cherry tomatoes)

1/2 cup medium-diced red onion

Good olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 ounces baby arugula

Pour 1/4 cup of the lemon juice into a mixing bowl.  Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, peel them and cut in 1/2-inch dice.  Immediately add the avocados to the lemon juice and toss carefully.  Add the cherry tomatoes and red onion and toss again.

In a small glass measuring cup, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2  teaspoon pepper.

Pour enough of the vinaigrette over the tomato and avocado mixture to moisten completely.  Add the arugula, add more vinaigrette, sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and toss well.  Taste for seasonings and serve at room temperature.

Credit:  Barefoot Contessa

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