Avocado and Citrus Salad...

I love throwing together something simple and light for lunch.  It's rejuvenating to eat something good for you in the middle of the day, it lifts your spirit and gives you just enough oomph to get to dinner.  This is my welcome to winter: citrus and pomegranates!

This was quick, and easy, and the dressing was so simple and yummy.  I loved the flavors, the smooth thick avocado against the tart of the citrus, with the salt and creaminess of the blue cheese against sweet pomegranates that pop in your mouth.  You can add sliced almonds or a little quinoa easily to this, or switch up the oils in the dressing.  You could skip the blue cheese crumbles all together and go straight for the blue cheese dressing if you need to heft it up a bit.  This doubles easily for a bigger salad or for two hungry girls instead of just one.    Play with the flavors and textures and try this, you will love it!

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Handful of fresh dark green lettuce, such as a cos or butter lettuce, washed and torn
1/2 avocado, sliced thick
1/2 navel orange, supremed* 
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
Spoonful blue cheese crumbles
1 tbsp fresh orange juice*
1-2 tsp avocado oil
dash of salt
cayenne pepper to taste

*Supreme the orange and reserve the left over parts to squeeze for juice for dressing.*

On a plate, mound the lettuce in a small pile.  On the lettuce, arrange the avocado slices, then the orange slices.  Top with blue cheese crumbles and pomegranate seeds.  

In a small bowl, add the orange juice, avocado oil, a dash of salt and pepper.  Whisk to combine.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper, if needed.  This will be a very loose dressing.  

Pour dressing over the salad and enjoy on a crisp winter day.  


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