Chopped Salad Recipe with tomatoes avocado pear and kumquats

Chopped Salad Recipe with Tomato, Avocado, Pears, and Kumquats

Written by Becky

My friend Katie knows how to throw a party. Just a couple weekends ago she hosted a fundraiser dinner for the National Ability Center (NAC) in her tiny Park City mining-shack home that was both inspiring and intriguing. She created a memorable moment in support of a excellent organization. I left having met new interesting people, tried amazing foods, and completely in awe of what goes on at the NAC. Today I’m sharing a chopped salad similar to the one we had at the dinner and I hope to give you a little glimpse into our fabulous evening.

Special thanks to Darryl Dobson for the beautiful photos from the evening. To attend future NAC fundraiser dinners check out Red White and Snow Vintner Dinners online.

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The first sign of a good party… when you walk into someone’s home for a dinner gathering and your name has been elegantly hand written in calligraphy on a place card holding your seat (credit to Pen & Palates). Then as you enter the kitchen, the wine is open and being poured by none other than the wine maker himself (special thanks to Donelan Wines). The party size must not be too big or too small as to not run out of people to get to know but also not too many as can be overwhelming (enough to fit around one dinner table is perfect). And if you really want to get your guests comfortable real quick, try sitting on the floor around a coffee table! Then there’s the food, an obvious element to a good diner party,

as it should be interesting and conversation worthy but not too elaborate as to take away from people being comfortable.

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As we sat around in Katie’s living room, all getting to know each other for the first time, we were instantly connected through the food we shared. Though many of us had little to nothing in common, food has this natural way of bringing everyone to the same level (and humbly on the floor in this instance). We talked of local food, food from our travels, and the foods we were enjoying that evening. We all raved about each dish this evening as Asi, from Reef’s Restaurant in Park City, brilliantly created every plate just steps away in a tiny kitchen. This salad was one everyone seemed to love (possibly the best salad I’ve ever eaten!), as several people were asking for the ingredient list. It was simple yet you couldn’t put your finger on every item in its composition, which made it perfectly intriguing.

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Though the food was some of the best I’ve had, the real inspiration came from a story told around the table. A woman joined us who had was a triple amputee, losing three limbs in a postpartum infection. She shared of feeling hopeless at first as she tried so hard to make life the way it used to be, then surrendering she found a new normal and is now enjoying life saved. The National Ability Center gave her the opportunity to horseback ride regularly, and she may even compete in paralymipc dressage one day. She spoke with confidence and elegance and we were all in awe of her courage

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I drove home that night more grateful than I came. The NAC gives so many people hope and joy, by providing simple activities like horseback riding, skiing, or cycling. And people like Kate inspire me to host more gatherings with purpose and special attention to detail. Chef’s like Asi encourage me to be creative in the kitchen, cook without a recipe, and share food with people you’ve never met before.

Here are some shots of my re-creation of Asi’s amazing chopped salad.

Chopped Salad Recipe with tomatoes, avocado, pear, and kumquats

Chopped Salad Recipe

Chopped Salad Recipe with tomatoes, avocado, pear, and kumquats

Chopped Salad Recipe with tomatoes, avocado, pear, and kumquats

Chopped Salad Recipe with Tomato, Avocado, Pears, and Kumquats

Rating: 51

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Chopped Salad Recipe with Tomato, Avocado, Pears, and Kumquats

A Chopped Salad recipe with tomatoes, pear, avocado, kumquats, and nuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1/2 cup kumquats, seeded and sliced (or used candied orange peel)
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup candied mixed nuts
  • a few handfuls of greens (optional)
  • dressing:
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup grape-seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass
  • candied nuts:
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • dash of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of cayenne or red pepper spice

Instructions

    for candied nuts
  1. Combine water, nuts, and sugar in a pan over medium high heat. Stir using a wooden spoon until the sugar crystalizes (about 5 minutes). Add in salt, cinnamon and spice. Lay out on parchment paper to cool.
  2. for the salad
  3. Chop everything. Whisk together dressing. Toss everything in the dressing and serve!

Notes

The salad we had at the dinner had candied orange peel but the sweetness of kumquats is a good substitute if you don't have time to candy orange peel from scratch.

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