Citrus & Avocado Salad with Basil & Peach Vinaigrette - Rancho La Puerta
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Citrus & Avocado Salad with Basil & Peach Vinaigrette

This citrus salad is the essence of summer, showing off all the best of the season’s produce. It’s easy to get creative with the design and ideal for an outdoor dinner with friends and family!

Since this salad is all about ingredients, it’s important to make sure everything is ripe. To test for ripeness, all ingredients should have a bit of give when lightly squeezed and should smell sweet and aromatic (except for the avocado, which obviously has no scent).

Serves 6


2 ripe avocados, pitted and skin removed and cut into slices

2 grapefruits, peel removed and cut into slices

2 oranges, peel removed and cut into slices

A handful of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

4 ounces fresh, sliced mozzarella (optional)

sea salt to taste

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

½ tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1 ripe juicy peach, halved with pit removed

6 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup (divided) fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons chopped chives


1. On a large platter arrange the avocado, grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, and mozzarella (if using) in a pleasing way. Top with a little sea salt.

2. In a blender combine the red wine vinegar, thyme, peach, olive oil, and half the basil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Pour dressing over the salad and finish with the remaining basil and the chopped chives.

¡Buen Provecho!

Download the Citrus and Avocado Salad recipe.

Natasha Feldman is a classically trained Personal Chef and Culinary Instructor living in Los Angeles CA. Her cooking style features healthy, seasonal Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the farm to table movement.

She was the Southern California culinary director for Miele USA, conducting live demonstrations in their Beverly Hills showroom and at national conventions and runs a digital production company specializing in food content. Her show, Cinema & Spice, was picked up by Yahoo soon after it launched, and became the most-watched series in their digital entertainment division and was nominated for a Webby. She has appeared live on TV as a featured chef on The Steve Harvey show.

Natasha worked as a freelance recipe creator for Yahoo and with corporate clients including Kraft, Le Creuset, Green & Blacks Chocolate, KitchenAid, Lifetime Television, Huffington Post, AOL, and Warner Brothers.

Natasha has been coming to the ranch since she was 15 and is thrilled to teach here.

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