roasted citrus salad with avocado…

roasted citrus avocado salad

roasted citrus avocado salad

citrus slices read for the oven

citrus slices ready for the oven

hello color my kitchen readers!

it’s been too long since i’ve posted…life gets busy and certain things fall to the wayside unfortunately.  however, i’ve been constantly testing new recipes and this one is excellent and EXTREMELY flavorful, healthy and simple—not to mention colorful!  since we are pretty much nearing the end of the citrus season, time is of the essence if you care to try the salad.

ingredients:

1 cara cara orange, two blood oranges, two lemons (preferably meyer); 1/2 small red onion; 1 cup (plus two tablespoons julienned) fresh mint leaves; 10 oz. fresh mixed greens (i prefer baby lettuces and arugula for this recipe);  olive oil; one or two ripe, but firm, avocados; salt/pepper; 1/3 cup fresh citrus juice for soaking the red onion

directions:

preheat oven to 425 degrees.  thinly slice the citrus (attempt to make them the same thickness).  toss with olive oil and salt/pepper and roast for 20-25 minutes (watch closely for possible burning…you want them charred, but not burnt).  this caramelizes the citrus and sweetens it. set roasted citrus aside to cool. meanwhile, combine thinly sliced onion and juice (with a bit of cold water) in a bowl, set aside. cut avocado into wedges.  arrange salad on platter:  greens interspersed with mint leaves, citrus slices layered around perimeter; drained onion slices on top of greens; and the “crowning” element, the wedges of avocado sprinkled with julienned mint leaves.  good olive oil/balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top when serving.

i adapted this recipe from the january 2015 issue of BON APPETIT, one of my favorite foodie magazines.  i also think it would be nice with added raw pistachios and/or toasted walnuts.  if you love citrus, as we do here in the burgeno-berman household, you will enjoy this salad.

happy spring and thank you for reading,

elena

 


milestones and magazines…2014!

colormykitchen.com featured in MOTHER EARTH living magazine JAN/FEB 2014!

colormykitchen.com featured in MOTHER EARTH living magazine JAN/FEB 2014!

happy new year dear readers-

please join me in wishing my daughter domenica a VERY happy, healthy, memorable 20th birthday (12th january).  it will certainly be “memorable” this year since she is currently studying abroad in PAU, france.  she chose to stay with a host family and she’s been blessed with a lovely, charming, extremely helpful family.

rather than baking a favorite dessert together or sharing a special birthday dinner, her dad and i will be “skyping” our birthday wishes and enjoying her beautiful smile via the internet…with love.

other momentous news from www.colormykitchen.com is a feature article about domenica and me in MOTHER EARTH LIVING, natural home, healthy life, JAN/FEB. 2014 issue.  (see photo of cover above)

we are honored to be featured in this timely, inspirational, enlightening periodical about “genuine” people, their environments and their contributions to make the world a better place for all of us.  from the moment i read editor-in-chief jessica kellner’s first letter to readers, i was encouraged by her vision for the magazine, her choice to provide important information to the magazine’s subscribers and her desire to take on vital issues which affect many of us.

so, jump in your car (or on your bike) and pick up MOTHER EARTH LIVING at your local barnes & noble, wholefoods or sprouts market (or subscribe online at www.motherearthliving.com).  this JAN/FEB. 2014 issue is packed with pertinent lifestyle articles, not to mention a six page story about a mom named elena, her daughter, her supportive husband, her garden, food passions and hope for future generations.  a special thank you to california based photographer raya carlisle for her beautiful images. it was an enjoyable and rewarding experience to work with jessica and raya and we feel that they portrayed our story and home with simple honesty.

it is my hope that you will all read the piece (and the rest of the magazine!) and pass it along to friends, neighbors and family.

may 2014 bring you many blessings,

elena

p.s.  also a VERY happy birthday on 12th january to my baby brother, rob!