According to my friend Elena, Central America has survived dictatorships, corruption and poverty thanks to the generous avocado. It staves off malnourishment and is versatile in what it lends itself to. Of course, the avocado might be a humble fruit in its native America, but elsewhere it is still somewhat exotic. Perhaps this is due to the richness of its soft, buttery flesh when ripe — which is why some people call it butter fruit. The avocado is a great traveller and particularly likes the Mediterranean, where it grows beautifully.
As Jamie and I become ever more ambitious about the number of people we can squeeze around my table and the number of dishes we can create, it’s good to have a few easy favourites. This is a salad we like to make when we have friends over. It’s quick, simple and should hopefully impress. The sticky, sweet pomegranate molasses contrasts with the creamy goats cheese to make a fresh, zesty salad.