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1 large yellow onion, halved
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 quarts mixed salad greens
2 large tomatoes, halved and sliced
1 avocado
1/4 cup (packed) cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1 or 2 small fresh chiles, sliced (if available)
4 ripe olives
Picante Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Place onion flat-sides down and thinly slice crosswise.

Combine vinegar, water, sugar, cumin, chili powder and salt in container with lid. Shake well to mix, add onion and shake to coat onion thoroughly. Place in refrigerator and marinate overnight, shaking onions in marinade 2 or 3 times.

To assemble salad, heap lettuce on 4 plates.
Arrange tomato slices on salads radiating out from center, wagon wheel fashion.
Lift onions from marinade and heap into center.
Halve, seed and peel avocado.
Slice each half lengthwise into thin slices, keeping slices attached at one end.
Fan out and divide each fan onto two salads.
Sprinkle salads with cilantro and chile slices.
Add olives.
Serve with Picante Vinaigrette.
Makes 4

Per serving: About 179 cal, 3 g pro, 26 g carb, 8 g fat, 40% cal from fat, 0 mg chol, 396 mg sod, 6 g fiber.

PICANTE VINAIGRETTE: Combine in jar 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons medium picante sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon dried oregano; shake well. Makes 1/2 cup dressing.

Per serving: About 138 cal, 0 g pro, 5 g carb, 14 g fat, 87% cal from fat, 0 mg chol, 155 mg sod, 0 g fiber.

National Onion Association

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