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Michele's Original California Salad

California, American Contemporary

Writer and screenplay teacher Michele Em makes what she simply calls California Salad. The artistic combination of typical Southern Californian ingredients make this dish truly memorable She says, “I like most the appearance of simple whole lettuce leaves forming green blossoms on the plate.” Whenever I eat this, my blood knows it is on the warm West Coast. ~ Mark
Ingredients
1/2 cup Michele's Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 head butter or bibb lettuce, separated into full leaves
1 large avocado, peeled, cut into large chunks
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
pinch Fleur De Sel, or sea salt
Steps
1 Lay 2 to 3 large petals of butter leaf lettuce on each salad plate, then continue layering with smaller leaves to form a blossom.

2 Shake vinaigrette and dress salad.

3 Top with avocado chunks, then sprinkle with pine nuts. Drizzle dressing on each salad, making sure to deliver some tomatoes, onions and radishes to each plate. Sprinkle with a touch of Fleur de Sel.


Yield
servings  use metric
original recipe yield: 4 Servings
Notes Two variations on serving: Let guests to "build" their own salad with side plates of Avocado chunks, pine nuts, dressing, and a side dish of Fleur de Sel. Another stunning presentation is to make one large salad to pass around.

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