Tangerine and Avocado Salad proves how weird I am. I hope you don’t think that I think tangerines and avocados are a weird combination though. Tangerines and avocados play nicely together. Tangerines and avocados aren’t the reason this salad proves I’m weird. This salad proves I’m weird because it shows just how much this blog has changed my outlook. I now judge everything using food rules.
Tangerine and Avocado Salad Rules
Food Rule #1: When a friend asks you to bring something to a party you say “yes.” If that same friend asks you to bring something particular to that party you say “yes.”
So I made this Tangerine and Avocado Salad (with charred jalapeño vinaigrette) to take to a friend’s barbecue last night because he asked me to. There shouldn’t be a problem with that sentence. That sentence shouldn’t make me uncomfortable. But there is and it does.
Food Rule #2: Normal people see food differently than food bloggers. They just do.
I write a blog (this blog you’re reading in fact). Which means I think about food WAY too much. In fact you might say I over think food. So when this friend said to me, “bring salad, you make great salad”. The weirdo in me held the phone away from my face, eyes a goggle and mouth aghast, as I thought to myself: you’re supposed to ask people who don’t cook to bring the salad.
Food Rule #3: Salads don’t have to be lettuce.
I almost forgot that rule. When asked to bring salad to a party most people will bring lettuce– but you don’t have to. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with lettuce. Lettuce makes a perfectly nice salad– the perfect solution for people who don’t cook. But I cook. Don’t you want me to gloriously prove that with all your friends watching?
Food Rule #4: Don’t be a show off. Especially if the party isn’t at your house.
Food Rule #5: Find a compromise. Find a compromise. Find a compromise.
This Tangerine and Avocado Salad (with charred jalapeño vinaigrette) is (almost) exactly the sort of thing the host was expecting when he asked me to bring a salad, but it lets me get just creative enough. The host’s grilled lamb chops were the star (as they should be) but the cook in me couldn’t help noticing all the empty salad plates…
Food Rule #6: Clean plates are the only “Thank You” this Tangerine and Avocado Salad cook requires. GREG
I have made this combination before but I really want to make the vinaigrette. I laughed when you said about being asked to make salad…I get that too…Have a great weekend and if you come to New York make me a salad!
This just made me laugh — I feel the same way. And I guess I have broken rule number 4 too many times, as I have been asked to bring wine to a potluck. Ouch. Maybe I should bring white Zinfandel so that they will start asking me to bring food again? Love the jalapeño vinaigrette. And the combination of tangerines and avocado. A local combination here is mango and avocado… which would also benefit from the jalapeño dressing.
Yeah, but you’re weird in a good way! The mint is a brilliant addition here.
Beautiful salad, Greg! Great idea for jalapeno dressing!
Now that’s a beautiful party salad, I love pairing avocados with citrus!
I loved reading your food rules, lol. Delicious looking salad!
Is Food Rule #4 one that says we don’t need a stinkin’ rule #4? 😀 It’s definitely too easy to think “greens” when we think salads. As I do, way too often. This is terrific — thanks.