Choose heavy, undamaged avocados. One that yields slightly to pressure is best for slicing and dicing; if pressure leaves a small indentation, the avocado is best mashed. Avoid very soft avocados, as they will be overripe and unusable.
It's best to prepare this the day or night before you want to serve it, but not more than that. This also makes it the perfect dessert for summer entertaining: It's cool, light, refreshing, and impressive.
This colorful salad holds some welcome surprises for an Easter celebration: avocado,
papaya, assorted greens, red onion, and a vinaigrette made with the seeds from the papaya. They add a wonderful peppery-flavored crunch to this mixed-greens salad.