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Open-Faced Avocado Sandwiches with Arugula Pesto and Crisp Cucumber

The mellow, nutty flavor of avocado contrasts deliciously with the peppery snap of arugula and cool cucumber on this rustic, open-faced sandwich. Serve with dry California Rosé or Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (50 g) arugula leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (22 g) grated Dry Jack* cheese or other hard aged cheese
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
  • 8 slices French bread, lightly toasted
  • 2 large avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into small cubes
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 piece (about 2 ounces/60 g) Dry Jack cheese, for shaving

Serves four



Directions
  • Place the arugula, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cheese, nuts and salt into a food processor and process for ten seconds.
  • Using a spatula, scrape down the sides and process again for ten seconds.
  • For each serving, place two pieces of toasted bread on a plate. Spread pesto generously on each slice.
  • Cover pesto with a layer of cucumber slices and top with avocado cubes.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to shave desired amount of Dry Jack cheese over the tops.
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