Avocado Salad with Ginger and Peanuts


Makes: 4 servings

Time: 2 hours, largely unattended

Avocado is so rich and creamy that all it needs is a little acidity to become a “salad.” This sweet and sour dressing, almost a ginger syrup, really does the trick.  And for a more substantial salad, eliminate the cilantro sprigs and put the avocados on a bed of watercress before dressing. Recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar


2 tablespoons minced or grated peeled fresh ginger

Several sprigs cilantro for garnish

2 medium or large avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced

1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts, salted or unsalted for garnish

1. Put the vinegar, sugar, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Add the ginger and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, as the dressing bubbles gently and thickens, about 5 minutes. When it gets noticeably syrupy, remove from the heat, cool, cover tightly or put in a jar, and refrigerate until very cold, at least an hour or so. (The dressing may be made ahead to this point and used up to 2 days later.)

2. To serve, put a few cilantro sprigs on individual salad plates or a small platter. Overlap the avocado slices on top. Drizzle each with the ginger dressing and garnish with a sprinkle of peanuts and salt if you like.


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  1. butterfly4183 said...

    This looks yummy and I just happen to have some ripe avocadoes in the fridge. Mark, I know this uses rice vinegar which I have, but you use sherry vinegar a lot, and quite a few of my vegan recipes call for sherry vinegar. I went to Amazon and bought some since I live in the boonies and can’t get it locally. I paid $36 for 2 bottles thinking that it should be good stuff. Glad I only bought 2 bottles, it’s nasty. What brands and ages of Sherry vinegar do you use or recommend please. I need help. tysm

  2. wingsabre said...

    I believe they’re pine nuts, and not peanuts.

  3. Julia Francois said...

    I just had this, and it was amazeballs. I used peanuts instead of pine nuts. Me want more.

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