The “Racing King” salad, shaped like a horseshoe, is perfect for your Kentucky Derby festivities. The original called for an alligator pear and truffles to represent the nail holes of the horseshoe. I’m not sure if anyone calls avocados “alligator pears” anymore but they are, in fact, the same thing so simply look for the largest avocado you can find. As for the truffles, my budget opted for portobello mushrooms to represent the nail holes.
My version of the Racing King salad didn’t look as nice as the photo from the cookbook because the avocado was too small, even though I chose the largest one in the bin. I’m assuming that avocados were giants almost 100 years ago. But, even if it isn’t very pretty, it is mighty tasty (we added a hit of feta cheese based dressing to ours). I think next time, I won’t worry about making it look like a horseshoe and will just chop everything up and serve it over the lettuce. The flavor combination is divine!
- Large Avocado
- Baby Portobello Mushroom, chopped
- Orange Wedges
- Pineapple Slice, cut to resemble orange sections
- Red and Green Peppers
- Salad Dressing
- Place a thick slice--cut from the center--of avocado on some lettuce. Arrange it so that it looks like a horseshoe. Place pieces of the mushroom on the "horseshoe" to represent the nail holes.
- In the center of the horseshoe, alternately place the orange sections and the pineapple slices. Place small bands of red and green peppers between the orange and pineapple.
- Drizzle with desired dressing
- If you can't find a large avocado that will make a horseshoe shape, just cut the ingredients into large chunks and mix together and serve on the lettuce.
- The original recipe called for French Dressing but we drizzle just a hint of feta cheese based dressing onto it.