Super Salads

Avocado Lover’s Salad with Radishes

Avocado Lover’s Salad with Radishes

When my brother Jeff moved to California, he fell in love with avocados. In fact, he became so enamored with this luscious fruit that he began pestering me to create “avotatoes”—an avocado mashed potato recipe—for this book. I’d do almost anything for him, but there are some places a sister just can’t go. Still, I wanted to feature avocado because I love them too—for their flavor and texture, and for their incredible anti aging properties. While they do contain a fair amount of fat, it’s monounsaturated—the kind the body thrives on (in moderation, of course), and they’re a great source of the antioxidant glutathione.

Orange Salad with Olives and Mint

Orange Salad with Olives and Mint

One of the great things about traveling is that it gets you out of food ruts. When you’re in a different part of the country, or of the world, it’s hard to ignore local fare. When an eighty-year-old nonna puts a strange salad in front of you, what are you going to say—“No?” I remember the first time I saw this salad in Italy. My initial reaction was, “Oranges with cracked pepper? Really?!”