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Mandarin Orange Avocado Salad

One very cold and snowy evening in Colorado, I was looking through my pantry asking myself the age old question, “What can I make for dinner tonight?”  

Sometimes, it’s good to be stuck in a snowstorm.  It’s like your very own episode of Chopped.   I ended up recruiting some stray items from the fridge, and it turned into this delicious Mandarin orange avocado salad recipe.

While I made this salad for the first time in the dead of winter, it really works well in any season.  Avocado and oranges belong together. The acidic sweetness of the mandarin oranges plays off the creamy avocado and is complimented by the savory scallion.  The celery and walnuts bring a nice contrasting texture. Basically, every crunchy bite is full of refreshing flavor.

I recommend soaking the celery in some ice water for, at least, 15 minutes before chopping it. I like my celery super crisp, and this does the trick every time. You can also use a different sweetener than agave. I like it, because it is already in liquid form and incorporates into dressings very easily. If you want to use regular table sugar, have at it.

Mandarin orange and avocado salad

Mandarin Orange Avocado Salad

¼ cup distilled white vinegar

½ tsp salt

1 tsp agave (OR the sweetener of your choice)

4 celery stalks, chopped on a bias

10.5 ounce can o mandarin oranges packed in juice, drained

1 scallion, chopped

1 avocado, chopped

¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

½ cup chopped walnuts

  1. 1. In a large mixing bowl, add the distilled white vinegar, salt and agave. Stir around until the salt dissolves. Then, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and gently stir together.

2. Taste, and adjust flavor, if needed (more salt? more vinegar? more agave?). Serve.

An avocado Mandarian orange salad