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California Avocado with Mango Salad, Balsamic Caviar, and Cilantro Lime Dressing

California Avocado with Mango Salad, Balsamic Caviar, and Cilantro Lime Dressing
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ingredients

Serving Size: 4

2 Fresh California Avocados*, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
2 mangos, peeled and diced
As needed Balsamic Caviar (recipe follows)
As needed Cilantro Lime Dressing (recipe follows)
As needed Balsamic Caviar (Yield: approx. 1 cup)
8 oz. sunflower oil, chilled in freezer for 30 minutes
8 oz. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. agar agar flakes
As needed Cilantro Lime Dressing (Yield: 3/8 cup)
1/4 cup lime juice
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
2 tsp. water
1 tsp. red chili pepper, finely diced
As needed Salt to taste

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Instructions

Balsamic Caviar:

  1. Mix the balsamic vinegar with the agar agar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to heat to simmer until agar agar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and skim off any foam.
  2. Allow the balsamic vinegar mixture to cool to around 120° F, then pour into a narrow-nozzled squeeze bottle.  Squeeze beads of the mixture into the chilled sunflower oil, and allow the pearls to solidify in the oil for a few minutes; then pour through a fine mesh strainer. Refrigerate the “caviar” until needed.

Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  1. Stir all ingredients together.

To Assemble:

  1. Mix the diced mango with about ¾ of the cilantro lime dressing in a large bowl.
  2. Portioning one-half avocado per serving, create two fans from the avocado slices for each plate.
  3. Place about ¾ cup of the mango salad at the point of the avocado fans.  Drizzle the remaining dressing over the avocado slices.
  4. Sprinkle each plate with about 1 tablespoon of the balsamic caviar.  Serve.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Recipe Tags

  • avocado salad
  • chef recipes
  • cilantro
  • dairy free
  • foodservice
  • lime
  • mango
  • vegan
  • vegetarian

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