Centuries ago, avocados were considered a sensual food for their rich flavor and womanly shape.
Try it in: Avocado Salad
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
2 mandarins or tangerines
1 romaine lettuce, separated into leaves
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 scallion, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Generous 1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
1. Peel, halve, and pit the avocados, then cut them into slices and sprinkle with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Peel the mandarins, remove all the traces of white pith, and cut into round slices.
2. Arrange the lettuce leaves on individual dishes. Make a layer of tomato and scallion slices on the leaves, cover with avocado slices in a circle, and top with slices of mandarin. Sprinkle with the parsley.
3. Whisk together the mustard, oil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper in a bowl, pour over the salads, and serve.
Photo: Recipes from an Italian Summer by the Silver Spoon