If I saw this recipe in a fru-fru cookbook or trendy cooking magazine I probably would not have tried it. I sometimes suspect recipes like these of being designed by a food editor to photograph well without much thought for the flavor combinations. But I’ve tried several unusual salads from this cookbook before and always found that I was happy with the results.
We were focusing on Ecuadorian cuisine this Christmas – this isn’t technically a traditional dish but it does use a nice variety of Latin American produce. With the menu we had, it added just the right kind of color, texture, and nice bright, tart flavor. It’s hard to get that in the winter and our meal definitely needed.
You will probably need to live somewhere with a sizable immigrant population to have a grocery store that carries ripe avacadoes and papaya and fresh or frozen passion fruit pulp. Fortunately, I live in Chicago and have many grocery stores like that – see note at the bottom if you want specifics.
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup thawed passion fruit pulp
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground peppercorns
1lb ripe, firm papaya
4 pink grapefruits
1 14 oz can hearts of palm
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced into half-moons
juice of 1 lime
freshly ground black pepper
2 ripe, firm avocados
baby spinach, rinsed well and drained
Combine all ingredients in a jar that seals well and shake until mixture thickens. Set aside.
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Shopping note for Chicago locals: if I’m looking for great Latin American produce and ingredients I prefer Tony’s or local fruit markets over any of the generic chain stores. We went to the Tony’s on Belmont, but the ones on Fullerton or Elston would work just as well.