Little Gem Avocado Salad

Little Gem Avocado Salad
Staff Writer
Fifth Group Restaurants

“I really like this salad for its simple ingredients, but also for its complex variations between technique, texture and temperature, says chef Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina, a Latin American and Mexican-inspired restaurant in downtown Atlanta.  

Recipe By: Chef Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina

4
Servings
1215
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 4 Ounces Serrano peppers with seeds
  • 2 cups gold tequila

  • 2 cups champagne vinegar

  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Pound goat cheese


For the goat cheese balls

  • 2 eggs mixed with 1 ounce of water
  • 2 cups tortilla chips, ground



  • 2 cups 1-ounce goat cheese balls

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour


For the pickled grape tomatoes

  • 1 ounce kosher salt

  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 pound grape tomatoes

  • 2 ounces granulated sugar


For the salad

  • 2 avocados
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 head gem lettuce

Directions

For the dressing

In a medium-sized pot, reduce the tequila for about 10 minutes. Place into another bowl and set aside.
 Using the same pot (but without the tequila in it) bring the vinegar to a boil.
 While the liquid is hot, puree all ingredients in the blender until smooth

.

For the goat cheese balls

Take goat cheese balls and dust with the flour

. Dunk the balls in the egg wash and then roll in the tortilla crumbs

. Fry at 350 degrees for 30 seconds.



For the pickled grape tomatoes

Cut all tomatoes in half and toss in salt, sugar, and vinegar
. Let sit for 30 minutes and drain. 

For the salad

Take the sweet gem lettuce and cut in half length wise, then season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Split the avocados, remove the seeds and the skin. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place on grill and cook for 3 minutes or until lightly charred.

 When lettuce is grilled, cut off the core end of the lettuce and place on desired plate. Next sprinkle pickled grape tomatoes and charred avocado randomly over the lettuce and plate. Place fried goat cheese balls on the plate. Drizzle with the dressing.

Avocado Shopping Tip

Avoid very soft avocados; choose those that yield slightly to finger pressure.

Avocado Cooking Tip

Avocados oxidize quickly; use lemon juice to keep the flesh from turning brown.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
62g
95%
Sugar
20g
N/A
Saturated Fat
24g
100%
Cholesterol
139mg
46%
Protein
35g
70%
Carbs
65g
22%
Vitamin A
608µg
68%
Vitamin B12
0.4µg
7.2%
Vitamin B6
1mg
49.5%
Vitamin C
41mg
69%
Vitamin D
0.9µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
6mg
30%
Vitamin K
130µg
100%
Calcium
300mg
30%
Fiber
12g
50%
Folate (food)
201µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
242µg
61%
Folic acid
24µg
N/A
Iron
6mg
36%
Magnesium
116mg
29%
Monounsaturated
27g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
26%
Phosphorus
588mg
84%
Polyunsaturated
7g
N/A
Potassium
1216mg
35%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.9mg
53.5%
Sodium
1874mg
78%
Sugars, added
14g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
29.3%
Zinc
3mg
21%