MMMmonday - Avocado, Carrot, and Orange Salad

This is one of those salads that impresses everyone... it's got great color, crunch and taste... plus, anything with avocado has to be good right?

Avocado, Carrot, and Orange Salad

2 Tbs (30 ml) seedless raisins
1/4 cup (60 ml) warm water
1 cup (250 ml) fresh orange juice
1/4 tsp (1 ml) crushed red pepper (or to taste)
1/4 tsp (1 ml) freshly grated ginger root
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups (500 ml) coarsely grated carrots
2 large ripe avocados, chilled
3 Tbs (45 ml) fresh lemon juice

Soak the raisins in the warm water for 30 minutes, then drain.
In a small mixing bowl combine the orange juice, red pepper, ginger, salt, pepper, and carrots and stir to combine thoroughly.
Chill for at least one hour. Just before serving, slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Leave the skin on, as the diners
will eat the salad out of it like a bowl. Sprinkle the exposed avocado flesh with the lemon juice. Using a spoon, mound the
carrot mixture on the avocado halves. Scatter the raisins on top.
Moisten with a little of the orange juice left in the bowl and serve immediately. Serves 4.