Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad

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Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad
Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad

The whole salad is drizzled with a spunky cilantro vinaigrette that’s almost like a cilantro pesto (the pine nuts give the dressing a lovely creaminess).

Then, the salad is garnished with crispy wonton strips that have been lightly sautéed in olive oil until they’re crunchy and golden-brown. Every bite is a delight, offering a marvelous array of flavors and textures.

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Deliver Ingredients


For the wontons

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 square wonton wrappers, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • Sea salt, to taste

For the vinaigrette

  • 1 Cup tightly packed cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon maple syrup or organic sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon cayenne

For the salad

  • 5 Ounces baby arugula
  • 2 ripe avocados, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 Pound mixed heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Freshly ground white pepper, to taste


For the wontons

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the wonton strips. Toss well, then sauté until they become golden brown, continuing to toss occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel and season with salt, to taste.

For the vinaigrette

Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl once. Transfer to a small bowl.

For the salad

Divide the arugula into 4 salad bowls. Top with the avocado and tomato pieces. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Garnish with the crispy wontons. Season with pepper, to taste, and serve immediately.

Heirloom Tomato Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Heirloom Tomato Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.

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