Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Slow Food, The Fruit Guys, and an Avocado Chickpea Salad

I got a special delivery this week!

I received my Fruit Guys special box showcasing produce from California family farms. The box also promotes Slow Food USA's 'Slow Food Nation' event in San Francisco on Labor Day Weekend 2008, from August 29 - September 1.

The Fruit Guys' box arrived in great condition and included Christmas lima beans from Rancho Gordo in Napa, Fuerte avocados from Cunningham Farm in Fallbrook, and pixie tangerines from Timber Canyon Ranch in Santa Paula.

The tangerines were wonderful -- sweet, seedless, and easy to peel. The avocados were creamy and nutty.

I'm not the biggest avocado fan. I do enjoy them in the occasional guacamole, but hate them on sandwiches. My favorite ways to eat them are pureed into a sauce or chunked up in a salad with lots of other veggies.

I created this yummy and simple salad to showcase the avocado and to use up some ingredients that were already in my fridge.

Yummy Avocado Chickpea Salad
curly endive
Campari tomatoes, quartered
red bell pepper, chopped
avocado, chunked
turnip, peeled and diced
canned or cooked chickpeas, drained
cucumber, diced
cilantro, minced
juice of a lime
Creole seasoning
sea salt
cracked pepper

Combine first eight ingredients in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over all, and season to taste with Creole seasoning, salt, and pepper. Toss to mix.

If you're in the market for some tasty California fruit, check out The Fruit Guys at www.fruitguys.com.

And, as a card carryin' member of Slow Food, I have to tell you to check them out, too. They're doing tremendous work to help save seeds and to preserve culinary cultures, including those of New Orleans and South Louisiana. They're also fighting the good fight against fast food living, which is something we should all be fighting these days.

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