I promised I'd tell you about the avocado salad next and I am being true to my word. This recipe is too easy and too good to keep it to myself.
A nice, simple salad with minimal fuss but enormous taste. The salad itself is just two simple ingredients. It's the homemade salad dressing that kicks this salad up a notch (just a little sound bite from Emeril...heehee). I've made a few types of salad dressings but the cumin in this dressing adds such a lovely smokey flavor that it really makes this salad.
I typically like my salad with a few more ingredients and a little crunch (tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon bits...just to name a few). This salad is more up my mom's alley. She tends to have a salad with every dinner, so if she doesn't always have "salad toppings" on hand, she will make a "Poor Man's Salad". Her moniker, not mine. It usually consists of lettuce and dressing, so I guess this salad is actually one step above hers. Although I don't think she would mind if I added just one topping.
Avocado Salad w/ Cumin-Lime Dressing
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded (or you can use the pre shredded bagged lettuce)
2 ripe avocados, diced
In a bowl, mix together olive oil, mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In a separate bowl, toss the lettuce with the dressing. Top the lettuce with the avocado and add a pinch of salt and pepper to the avocado.
adapted from rachaelraymag.com