Avocado, cucumber, celery and scallion salad (serves 4)
A great combination with some crunch, a nice balance of flavors and pretty to look at, being all green. You could also add chicken or tuna into the mix. For a dressing I use a basic vinaigrette – red wine vinegar, olive oil and Dijon mustard – 1 tbsp. vinegar, 3 tbsp. olive oil, 1 teasp mustard. Put the mustard in first, add vinegar and stir till mixed, then add oil (best done in a jar with a lid on it so you can give it a good shake and it will emulsify). I learned this from a French friend when I lived in France – so simple and tasty and sometimes I add garlic too.
1 avocado – diced
1/2 an English cucumber – diced
2 sticks celery – diced
1 x bunch of scallions/spring onions – finely sliced
Only dice avocado just before you are going to serve the salad or it will turn brown, unless you are serving the salad with a lemon dressing. The lemon juice will prevent the avocado from discoloring.
Place all ingredients in a salad bowl and toss with dressing.