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Stacked avocado herb salad

Recipe by:Joni Sare
Therapeutic chef and nutrition educator, Cupertino

Ingredients

  • First (bottom) layer:
    2 cups 1/4-inch cubes avocado
    1/2 cup minced scallions
    2 tbsp. lemon juice
    1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    1/4 tsp. salt
  • Second layer:
    1 cup 1/4-inch cubes red bell pepper
    1 cup 1/4-inch cubes orange bell pepper
    1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • Third layer:
    1 cup crumbled feta cheese or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fourth (top) layer:
    4 tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
    4 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
    4 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
    4 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Garnish (optional):
    Truffle oil, smoked salt

Directions

In 4 separate bowls: Blend avocado mixture until just mixed and most of the avocado is still in chunks. Set aside. Mix bell peppers and olives in a second bowl and set aside. Crumble cheese into small pieces and place in a third bowl. Mix herbs in the fourth bowl.

For each serving: Spread 1/3 cup avocado mixture in a 3-inch diameter circle in the center of a plate, then put 1/3 cup bell pepper mixture on top. Press firmly with the bottom of a cup, slightly pushing bell pepper mixture into avocado mixture so that bell peppers do not topple over. Next, put 2 1/2 tbsp. cheese on top and press firmly. Top with 2 1/2 tbsp. herbs. Repeat for each serving. If you wish, drizzle drops of truffle oil on the plate around each salad and sprinkle with a bit of smoked salt.

Tip:

  • Stack the salad by creating a mold from an empty can of condensed or evaporated milk, open on each end.

Makes 6 servings

 

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