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

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



Serves: 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

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting.
Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.


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.

Nutrition information per serving

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

About the author

Nora Pouillon, Chef/Owner, Restaurant Nora (Washington DC)


(3 Ratings)