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Avocado Salad with Pickled Mustard Seeds and Marjoram Vinaigrette

6 Servings

1 hour

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We discovered this at Stephen Oxaal’s Branch Line restaurant in Watertown, Massachusetts, where pickled mustard seeds take an avocado salad from simple to stunning. The pickling process takes just a few minutes and the result adds a tang and crunch that balance the lushness of the other ingredients. Conventional vinaigrettes —blends of fat and acid — tended to slide off the avocados. Instead, we eliminated the lemon juice from the dressing and drizzled it directly over the avocado slices, where it mingled with the dressing. We liked ricotta salata best, but Parmesan was a fine substitute.




Marjoram was a standout in this recipe, but oregano would work in a pinch.

1 hour


  • ¼

    cup yellow mustard seeds

  • ½

    cup cider vinegar


Marina G.
June 25, 2022
Just Sublime
My guests and I loved this recipe. Simple but incredible flavor! I will make again and again. There is a lot of the pickling ingredient - so next time I will try reusing it to remake the dish.
Michele R.

The pickled mustard seeds are "it" in this dish. Delightful.