Recipe: Melon-avocado salad with lemon vinaigrette
Contrasts in texture, color and taste make this melon-avocado salad a lively
dish. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)
This savory summer salad takes melon balls in a totally different direction.
When melon meets avocado, the contrast in color, texture and taste makes a delightful mix. Shredded cabbage adds a layer of crunch – and keeps the little balls from rolling off the plate. Zippy lemon vinaigrette pulls it all together.
It’s fast, different and delicious.
Makes 2 large or 4 small servings
2 cups cabbage, shredded
1/2 cantaloupe or muskmelon, seeded
1 large avocado, seed removed
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Arrange shredded cabbage on serving plates. With a melon baller or soup spoon, scoop out balls of melon and arrange over cabbage. With a smaller scoop or spoon, scoop out balls of avocado and arrange on top of melon balls.
For dressing, combine lemon juice, olive oil, ground red pepper flakes, sugar, salt and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Screw on the lid and shake until combined.
Drizzle dressing over salads. Top with lemon zest.
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For week of March 19:
Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.
* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.
* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.
* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.
* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.
* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.
* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.
* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.
* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.
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