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Article: Cha-Cha Vinaigrette with Grilled Vegetables

Cha-Cha Vinaigrette with Grilled Vegetables

Servings: 6

Pair this grilled vegetable dish with a fragrant, pear-scented Pinot Grigio. Inspired by Chef Curtis Stone, this hearty knife-and-fork salad serves big chunks of grilled vegetables with a mix of peppery greens. Keep the skins on the avocados for easy grilling, so be sure to rinse and dry them beforehand.


For Vinaigrette:
  • 6 tablespoons, il Fustino Arbequina EVOO
  • 3 tablespoons, il Fustino Cha-Cha Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons, shallot – minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
For Grilled Vegetables:
  • 1 pound, thin asparagus
  • 4 heirloom tomatoes – quartered lengthwise
  • 2 medium, zucchini – halved lengthwise
  • 2 unpeeled Hass avocados – quartered and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons, il Fustino Arbequina EVOO – for grilling
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
For Salad Greens:
  • 5 ounces, mixed baby greens – such as baby kale and mustard greens (8 cups)
  • 1/4 cup, toasted hazelnuts – chopped


Vinaigrette: In a medium bowl, whisk all of the ingredients until well blended.

Grilled Vegetables: Light a grill. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, avocados and oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until tender, 2 minutes for the asparagus and avocados and about 5 minutes for the tomatoes and zucchini. Cool.

Salad: Arrange the greens on a platter. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette and top with the hazelnuts.

Serve salad with the grilled vegetables and the remaining vinaigrette.