Saturday, July 31, 2010

Citrus Salad Toss

• ¼ cup sugar
• 2/3 cup pecan halves
• 2/3 cup vegetable oil
• ¼ cup lime juice
• 2 tablespoons orange juice
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
• 1 teaspoon grated orange
• 8 cups torn leaf lettuce
• 8 cups torn romaine lettuce
• 1 red onion, thinly sliced
• 1 large orange, peeled, sliced
• 1 pint strawberries, cut in half
• 2 avocados, thinly sliced

For the pecans, mix the sugar with the pecans in a small skillet. Cook over low heat until the sugar melts, stirring to coat the pecans well. Spread on foil and cool; break pecans apart. For the dressing, combine the oil, lime juice, orange juice, sugar, lime zest and orange zest in an airtight jar and shake well. Chill until serving time. For the salad, combine the lettuce, onion, oranges, and strawberries in a large salad bowl and toss gently. Chill until serving time. Add the avocados to the salad just before serving. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently. Top with pecans. Note: Mandarin oranges may be substituted for fresh oranges.

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