For my old roommates 25th birthday a few weeks ago, she decided to host a guacamole competition. While I live and breathe by my guac recipe, I wasn’t sure if it would be too similar to every other guacamole recipe that would be showcased that evening. Taking inspiration from my lunch at Lemonade on Sawtelle earlier this month, I opted to create a copy cat of their seasonal avocado, tomato and pine nut salad. This side is super fresh and just tastes clean and natural– I could probably eat this for lunch everyday and not get sick of it! While I did not win the competition, the birthday girl picked mine as her favorite, so that ought to be reason enough to make this recipe immediately.
4 firm-ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into chunks
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved crosswise
1/4 cup pine nuts
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp minced garlic cloves
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/2 tsp teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
In a blender or in a small bowl with a whisk, combine the lime juice, honey, mustard, garlic salt, and pepper. Blend on medium speed for a few seconds, and then reduce the speed to low. With the motor running, slowly add the oil until emulsified. Keep any leftover vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
In a mixing bowl, combine the avocados, tomatoes, pine nuts, and vinaigrette. Toss gently and season generously with salt and pepper. Serve chilled.
Recipe from Fab, Fit, Fun.