Tomato & Avocado Salad

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided (2 lemons)

2 firm, ripe Hass avocados

2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved through the stem

½ cup medium-diced red onion

Good olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 ounces baby arugula

Pour ¼ cup of the lemon juice into a mixing bowl. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, peel them (or scoop them out with a spoon), and cut in ½-inch dice. Immediately add the avocados to the lemon juice and toss carefully. Add the cherry tomatoes and red onion and toss again.

In a small glass measuring cup, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice ¼ cup olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.

Pour enough of the vinaigrette over the tomato and avocado mixture to moisten completely. Add the arugula, add more vinaigrette, sprinkle with 1½ teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper, and toss well. Taste for seasonings (you will want the salad well seasoned) and serve at room temperature.

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