Artichoke, Avocado and Shaved Parmesan Composed Salad

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A very long time ago, a friend took me to a wonderful restaurant where Santa Monica Blvd meets Beverly Blvd. in West Hollywood, California. The restaurant was called Figaro, and my friend said I should order his favorite salad. I don’t remember what it was called, but I have always remembered how good it was.

Years later, when this same friend came back into my life, I told him I had a surprise and presented this salad. He was so happy he almost wept, saying he never thought he would have that salad at Figaro’s again – as the restaurant had closed quite some time before.

When I was at the store, I found stuffed clams in the frozen section. They were $5.00 for 9 of them, and they looked good, so I got them. I figured that even if they weren’t that great, I would have shells (or Spane could have more shells to play with – either way, we’re both happy). Since I wasn’t sure of how the clams were going to turn out, I made this salad because I know it’s very good.

Recipe: Artichoke, Avocado and Shaved Parmesan Composed Salad

Avocado, Artichoke, Shaved Parmesan, Tomato and Butter Lettuce


  • 1/2 head of Boston or Romain lettuce
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes
  • 1 avocado, sliced in wedges
  • 1 tomato, cut in wedges
  • Greens of 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shaved, not grated, Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup GIRARD’S Champagne Dressing


  1. In a large salad bowl, put the torn lettuce.
  2. Top that with the chopped spring onions.
  3. Arrange the tomato slices in a pin wheel over the onions.
  4. Arrange the avocado slices between each slice of tomato.
  5. Arrange the marinated artichokes on top of the tomato/avocado pin wheel. Try to make it look like a flower.
  6. Arrange the cheese over the lettuce around the perimeter of salad.
  7. Present the salad, and smile at the compliments.Artichoke, Avocado, Shaved Parmesan Composed Salad
  8. Toss with the dressing and serve.

Quick notes

Don’t try to make this salad ahead of time. The avocado will turn brown and the lettuce will wilt. It has to be done at the very last minute.


You can use either Boston or Romain lettuce for this salad.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Italian

Salad with Stuffed Clams

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 10 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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3 Responses to Artichoke, Avocado and Shaved Parmesan Composed Salad

  1. Elmo Otterbine says:

    I enjoyed making this. Keep up the great work, Adrienne. I’ve added you guys to blogroll.

  2. Nadine Haven says:

    Just what I was looking for! I used to love that salad, and I’ve been looking for a recipe for years. Thank you so much!

  3. Toussaint Houle says:

    Can’t say enough about this salad. I remember it, too, and miss having it. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.