Aji panca's light fruitiness pairs well with assertive, aromatic grapefruit and buttery avocado—it plays off their best attributes and brings them closer together. Though this a decidedly winter salad, it feels summery, and it'd be the perfect accompaniment for a winter grill fest-turned-taco night. Or dice the fruit fine and pile it on toast for breakfast. Yes, you'll need to segment your grapefruit for this, but once you get a little practice it's easy and kind of fun. If you buy an extra couple practice grapefruit you'll be a pro by serving time.
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- Active time: 7 minutes
- Total time:7 minutes
- 2 large ruby grapefruits, cut into segments, juice reserved
- 2 ripe Hass avocados, cut in half and sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 4-6 tablespoons red onion, diced fine, divided
- 4 teaspoons aji panca (or pasilla chile), ground (about 1 large chile)
- 4 tablespoons fruity extra virgin olive oil, divided
- Coarse salt, to taste
Arrange grapefruit and avocado on four plates. Top with sprinkles of red onion and aji panca. On each plate, drizzle 2 teaspoons reserved grapefruit juice over avocado slices, covering well to prevent browning. Then drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over each plate. Add salt, mostly on avocado, to taste, starting with 1/4 teaspoon per plate. Serve immediately.