Friday, January 23, 2015

Recipe: Avocado Salad with Anchovy & Egg

Avocados, love 'em or hate 'em? I definitely am on the LOVE side. I could eat them everyday. So much so, that I decided to try my luck and plant an avocado tree so that I can have endless supply of avocados. So far it's around 80cm tall but I heard it takes about 10 years before it fruits, so wish me luck! ;)

A friend saw me posting lots of photos of avocado salads and said to me "what avocados should I buy cos all the ones I had in the past weren't really nice." Over here, you can get South African, New Zealand, or Australian Hass, and in my experience, the Australian Hass are consistently good. After that piece of advice, I got a Facebook message from my friend thanking me for the tip. Definitely my pleasure.. yet another avocado lover is born!

So here's another avocado salad from my kitchen. Hubby bought me a jar of anchovy fillets in olive oil when we were doing our Christmas shopping (in case I needed it someday) so I decided to add it into my avocado salad. The salad consists of 1 ripe avocado, cherry tomatoes, some butterhead lettuce leaves, boiled egg and anchovy fillets (best to mash it up and spread it around the salad as it's quite salty if you try eating a whole fillet on its own).

Avocado salad with anchovy & egg

I do love how the saltiness of the anchovies complimented the rest of the salad. And this definitely bodes well with meeting my weight loss target for 2015.

Avocado Salad with Anchovy & Egg
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes (for egg)
Serves 1 or 2 as side salad

1 ripe avocado
1/4 lemon or 1 calamansi lime
3-4 cherry tomatoes, halved
4-5 butterhead lettuce leaves, halved
1 boiled egg, quartered
2-3 anchovy fillets in olive oil, light mashed
1 tsp olive oil from anchovy fillet jar (optional)
Salt and freshly ground pepper

For the dressing
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

1.  To pit the avocado, first you need to find the stalk and remove it. Hold it horizontally, with a knife through the centre until you hit the seed then move the knife in a circular motion until you go all the away around. Twist the avocado halves in opposite direction and it will come apart easily into 2 halves. Sink the knife into the avocado seed and remove. Peel off skin. Squeeze lemon juice (or calamansi lime juice) all over to avoid discoloration. Chop the avocado into bite-sized chunks. Season with salt.

2. In a bowl, place olive oil and balsamic vinegar and whisk well. Season dressing with salt.

3. Arrange lettuce, avocado and tomatoes in bowl, then drizzle over dressing. Top with boiled egg and anchovies. Drizzle over the olive oil from anchovy fillet, if using. Ground some black pepper and serve.

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  1. my god... looks very tastyyyyy

  2. Expensive here, no less than RM10 EACH...if at all, we can get it. Poor little ol' town. :(

    1. Wow that is really expensive! We usually get 3 for RM13.90 (or sometimes RM10.90 when it's on offer).

  3. I am with you in the avocado fan group - they are the best! We live off guacamole...but the salad sounds like a nice idea.

  4. Weight loss??? Yen, that's for me not you hah..hah.... I love avocados but they are rather pricey. Your salad looks good and I would love to try it!

  5. i love avocados too as you know ... but i didn't know about the South African, New Zealand and Australian Hass varieties ... will look out for the Aussie ones! :) a plate full of avocados and eggs is all i need to brighten up the morning, i think :)

  6. I'm definitely an avocado lover! They're so delicious and versatile! :D

  7. nice full of great health benefits. i always feel avocado taste like egg yolks.

    btw eating avocado with light soy sauce is quite nice, just like eating eggs with soy sauce.!


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