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Spicy Carrot, Cucumber and Fresh California Avocado Salad

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Spicy Carrot, Cucumber and Fresh California Avocado Salad



Serves: 6

As needed Cucumber Salad, recipe follows
2 lbs. baby carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise
4 1/2 oz. sourdough bread, cut into cubes
3 Fresh California Avocados*, peeled, seeded, diced
1/2 oz. cilantro leaves
1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
As needed Toasted black sesame seeds, as needed for garnish
As needed Olive oil, as needed
As needed Cucumber Salad(Yield: 6 1/2 cups)
2 lbs. Japanese or pickling cucumbers, thinly slided
5 oz. shallots, thinly sliced
1/4 oz. Thai chili, thinly sliced
2 oz. ginger, finely julienned
3 cups rice wine vinegar
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. salt

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


Cucumber Salad:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well to dissolve the sugar. Transfer to a smaller container.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

To Assemble:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toss the sourdough bread cubes with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until crisp and light brown. Set aside to cool.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch carrots for 4-5 minutes until crisp tender. Drain carrots and place in a bowl of ice water.
  3. Drain cucumber salad, reserving some of the liquid. Drain carrots and mix with cucumber salad in a large bowl with some of the cucumber salad liquid. Add diced Fresh California Avocado, croutons, cilantro leaves, sea salt, and about ¼ cup of the olive oil. Mix gently. Add more salt or olive oil as needed to taste.
  4. Divide the salad among six bowls (approx. 2 ½ cups per bowl). Drizzle each with a little more olive oil. Sprinkle each with the sesame seeds. Serve.

* Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger 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

Chef Gregory Gourdet, Departure Restaurant and Lounge, Portland OR


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