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Chapter: Salad Recipes
Section: With Seafood
Recipe: The Manhattan Avocado Cocktail

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The Manhattan Avocado Cocktail
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, mashed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound cooked jumbo shrimp
2 teaspoons minced red thai or jalapeno chile pepper
2 avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
3 ounces mesculin greens (2 cups, slightly packed)
1/2 cup seeded and diced tomato for garnish 

In a microwave-proof cup, microwave the oil, garlic and cumin seeds, on
high, 30 seconds to 1 minute, just until hot. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove
the garlic with a fork, whisk in the lime juice and salt. In a medium bowl,
toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon of the dressing and the chile pepper. Cover
and refrigerate. Place avocado slices in a 9" glass pie plate. Drizzle with
2 tablespoons of the dressing (whisking first with fork to blend). Shake
dish to coat avocado. Press plastic wrap lightly over surface of avocado
and seal around edge of plate. Refrigerate up to 4 hours. Reserve remaining

To serve: Toss greens with 1 tablespoon of remaining dressing. Divide 
greens among 4 martini glasses, mounding in center. Arrange shrimp and dot 
with tomato. Decoratively stand avocado slices in glass, using the greens 
and shrimp to rest against.

For scallops: In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over 
medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops with 1-2 minutes per side, until 
lightly browned. Cool. Proceed with recipe, adding the dressing.

From: Avocados from Mexico
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