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Apple-Citrus Salad with Avocado and Bacon

Apple-Citrus Salad with Avocado and Bacon
A wonderful beginning to an autumn meal, this salty-sweet salad is sure to enliven the palate.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 heads Bibb lettuce, rinsed well and torn into
      2-inch pieces
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2-
      inch dice
  • 2 ruby red grapefruits, peeled and sectioned
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 bunch green onions, green portion only,
      chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 6 thick-cut bacon slices, fried until crispy and
      chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard and vinegar. Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream and whisk until smooth and blended.

In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, apples, grapefruits, oranges, green onions, salt, pepper and half of the vinaigrette and toss to mix.

To slice the avocados, using a chef's knife, cut into an avocado lengthwise until you hit the pit in the center. Carefully cut around the fruit through the skin and the pulp, without cutting through the pit. Holding the avocado in both hands, twist the halves in opposite directions to separate them. Using a large tablespoon, scoop out the pit and then scoop the pulp out of the skin. Slice the avocado as desired. Repeat with the remaining avocados.

Divide the salad among chilled salad plates. Garnish with the avocado slices and bacon. Drizzle a little of the remaining vinaigrette over each salad and serve immediately.
Serves 12.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.