That first salad is for the tropical fruit lovers! It pairs slices of avocado with mango and pineapple, two fruits that are at their best right now. Tender arugula makes a zesty base for the sweet-tart fruits.
The other salad features nutty red quinoa salad dressed with a lemon-cumin vinaigrette. Dried fruits and toasted almonds join the cubes of creamy avocado. This sounds light and refreshing, yet still satisfying on a cold day.
Either one of these salads would perk up a winter dinner party and make a nice contrast with roasted winter vegetables and a braise. We're indebted to Deborah Madison and Fine Cooking for bringing us this welcome taste of sunshine!
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