*As I am still not eating meat…and just flirting with the pairing of Lactaid and dairy products, I cannot actually vouch that it was delicious. But it was a genius idea, was it not?…to the incredible generosity of my dear friends at Love Grown Granola (which I can’t find in Charlottesville!)… …and the GIANT–and amazingly tasty–pumpkin chocolate chip muffins that Kath and Matt brought from Great Harvest*…
*Most of which are now in my freezer. Hey, I think it was Kath herself who said the best part of hosting a potluck is keeping the leftovers! …there was obviously no shortage of food to go around.But of all the many options of lovely, yummy food, the one item I couldn’t get out of my mind (or perhaps out of my tastebuds?) was the Citrus Avocado Dressing that Alex made to top her incredibly beautiful salad of mixed greens, strawberries, oranges, chopped asparagus(!), and sliced almonds.In an interesting turn of events, Alex accidentally ended up in town the day BEFORE brunch. Not one to turn away a lonely traveler–especially one with food in hand –I was very excited to have her spend some time with me on Saturday evening to talk through not only the plan for the next day (as I busily multi-tasked, making pimiento cheese and cookies), but also her potential life plan for the next few months.I love big blogger gatherings, but a little one-on-one time is sometimes (most times?) even more special and rewarding. Plus, she left me with all of the necessary components to put together an incredible salad for brunch the next day!It was delicious on its own–seriously, girl, where did you find such outrageously flavorful oranges??–but that dressing. Oh. My. Goll. Y’all.
I’m not sure what was more exciting–the fact that I finally used the immersion blender in all of its “smoothie attachment included” glory (as opposed to just sticking it into stew or something)…or the phenomenal sweet, creamy, utterly addictive dressing/dip/smoothie* that resulted from the blending.
*Did I actually drink it? Y’all will never know…Seriously. You must make this now. Alex is a genius. And I am reaping the incredible benefits. [As I lick this avocado awesomeness up with a spatula. A very tiny spatula. But a spatula nonetheless.]
Citrus Avocado Dressing
(inspired by Alex @ I Eat Asphalt)
- 1 cup mashed avocado (two small)
- 1/2 cup or so chopped green onions, whites and greens
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker. Process until smooth and creamy.