Cha-Cha Vinaigrette with Grilled Vegetables

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Author: Jim Kirkley

Pair this grilled vegetable dish with a fragrant, pear-scented Pinot Grigio. Inspired by Chef Curtis Stone, this hearty knife-and-fork salad serves big chunks of grilled vegetables with a mix of peppery greens. Keep the skins on the avocados for easy grilling, so be sure to rinse and dry them beforehand.

Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS

FOR VINAIGRETTE:
6 tablespoons, il Fustino Arbequina EVOO
3 tablespoons, il Fustino Cha-Cha Vinegar
2 tablespoons, shallot – minced
Kosher salt
Pepper

FOR GRILLED VEGETABLES:
1 pound, thin asparagus
4 heirloom tomatoes – quartered lengthwise
2 medium, zucchini – halved lengthwise
2 unpeeled Hass avocados – quartered and pitted
2 tablespoons, il Fustino Arbequina EVOO – for grilling
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
FOR SALAD GREENS:
5 ounces, mixed baby greens – such as baby kale and mustard greens (8 cups)
1/4 cup, toasted hazelnuts – chopped

METHOD

  1. Vinaigrette: In a medium bowl, whisk all of the ingredients until well blended.
  2. Grilled Vegetables: Light a grill. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, avocados and oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until tender, 2 minutes for the asparagus and avocados and about 5 minutes for the tomatoes and zucchini. Cool.
  3. Salad: Arrange the greens on a platter. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette and top with the hazelnuts.
  4. Serve salad with the grilled vegetables and the remaining vinaigrette.
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