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Eder’s avocado salad

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

This salad is named after the chef and co-owner, Eder Monterey, of a number of famed restaurants in NY that specialize in Spanish and Basque cuisine. Avocado is usually associated with Mexican cuisine, mainly guacamole, so I was looking fo a different flavor. This is both easy and delicious. The creaminess of the avocado is balanced by the tart from the vinegar and the smoky paprika, a spice I absolutely adore. Yes, simple is delicious too with the perfect ingredients and the right flavors together.

I picked up this book on a whim, and have loved every recipe that I have tried. I will admit that I do have a penchant for Basque flavors and dishes, and this book satiates that craving. A fun book with beautiful pictures, history and of course great recipes.

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1/2 ripe Hass avocados, halved and pitted, per person

Txakoli wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or seasoned rice vinegar

1 tablespoons smoked Spanish paprika, preferably from Rioja, or 1 tablespoons sweet La Vera smoked paprika mixed with 1 teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika

Maldon salt

About 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Thinly slice an avocado half and arrange the slices on an individual salad plate. Do not fan the slices; they should be close together. (You can also just peel the half and lie it cut side down on a plate.) Repeat with the remaining avocado halves.

Drizzle each half with about ½ teaspoon of the vinegar. Using a small fine-mesh strainer or a shaker, dust each serving with a thin layer of paprika. Season with salt, drizzle generously with the oil—you want enough oil to dissolve the paprika and give each half the appearance of a rusty car door—then serve.

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