Asian Pear and Avocado Salad with Garam Masala Syrup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (2-inch-long) piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 (1- by 1/4-inch) pieces fresh ginger, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons green or white cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 10 whole black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

  • For salad
    • 1/4 cup raw green (hulled) pumpkin seeds (not roasted)
    • 2 firm-ripe California avocados (1 to 1 1/4 lb)
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 2 Asian pears (1 lb total)
    • 4 oz mixed microgreens or baby greens (4 cups)

    Description

    The Combination Of Garam Masala — A Blend Of Sweet And Hot Spices — And A Light Sugar Syrup Adds So Much Flavor To This Refreshing Salad That No...

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