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Bi-Rite Market's Fennel, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad

[Photograph: France Ruffenach]

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food to give away this week.

By mid-February many of us living in the chillier states are in need of some freshness, and bright flavors. This Fennel, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food might not be seasonal or local across the board, but man, it's a breath of fresh air for those of us living under grey skies. Bright, tangy citrus, licoricey fennel, and creamy avocado have the transportive ability to bring you to a place that's warm and sunny.

Why you should make this: This salad is the edible equivalent of a SAD light, bringing sunshine into even the gloomiest of winter cooking routines. If you're in a cold weather cooking rut, this salad is a real pick-me-up.

Next time we might think about: We can only imagine how much more vibrant this salad would taste when made from locally sourced, in season ingredients. In a perfect world, next time we'll be tossing this one in Southern California.

Adapted from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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