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The long dark days of winter are upon us again, and I find myself plagued with a craving for leafy greens and citrus that is nearly as desperate as my craving for more hours of daylight. The sight of anything green on my plate helps me forget that the vibrant colors of fall are long gone and the smell of anything citrus awakens my senses and pulls me out of the near-constant state of sleepiness that I fall into when the temperatures approach freezing. Thankfully, oranges are appearing more and more in the grocery stores these days, and I am able to satisfy my food craving by making a very simple, but delicious, salad featuring peppery arugula, sweet oranges, and butter avocado.

To add an extra layer of depth in terms of flavor, I like to garnish this salad with shaved Parmesan because the slightly salty taste of the cheese makes all of the other flavors pop. If you want to go a little further texture-wise, feel free to sprinkle some toasted walnuts or pecans on top, as well. This salad can be made in no time and is perfect for a laid back dinner for one or an elegant dinner party for more than one. Just adjust the ingredients accordingly. So, next time you find yourself feeling fed up with the wintry weather, try making this salad. It'll definitely help pick up your spirits!

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Arugula Salad with Oranges and Avocado - Serves 1
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1-1/2 tsps white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces lightly packed baby arugula, washed and dried*
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • half a large avocado, sliced thinly
  • Shaved Parmesan

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, juice, zest, vinegar and honey. Season with salt, and pepper, to taste. Add the arugula to the bowl and toss gently with your fingers until the greens are lightly dressed. Shake the excess dressing from the leaves and place the arugula on a plate.

Add the orange segments and avocado slices to the bowl. Toss gently with your fingers, making sure not to break the avocado. (The acid in the orange juice will help prevent the avocado from browning too quickly.) Arrange the orange segments and avocado slices on top of the arugula. If desired, pour some or all of the remaining dressing over the salad.

Garnish with shaved Parmesan and serve immediately.

*I used baby arugula that was triple-washed prior to packaging.

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