Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fresh Salsa & Guacamole



This month I want to focus on recipes that are meaning for sharing.  With the holidays upon us, potlucks and gatherings are aplenty, and I wanted to arm you with a quick an easy contribution that can be made a few days in advance, and can easily be integrated into nearly any menu keeping considerate of many dietary restrictions. 


Up until my friend’s Mom showed me how to make a variation of this fresh salsa recipe several years ago, I wasn’t a huge fan of cilantro.  I used to think that cilantro tasted like soap, and I couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to sprinkle it in their food.  When I tried this salsa for the very first time, it was like a switch was flipped, and my love for cilantro was born.  Now I use it all the time in different recipes, and this salsa recipe remains one of my favourite applications.  If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can definitely leave it out and still be left with a pretty tasty salsa, though I urge you to try just a little and see if you change your mind like I did.  

The salsa will last about 3-5 days in the fridge.  The guacamole is best served fresh, as it usually only lasts a day or two in the fridge before turning brown.  To slow browning down, I like to give the guacamole a liberal squeeze of lime juice to coat the top. 

Ingredients

Salsa

3-4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/4 purple onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 lime, juiced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp olive oil 
salt & pepper, to taste

Guacamole

2 ripe avocados, mashed
1/3 cup fresh salsa 

Directions

Combine the ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Allow to rest in fridge at least 1 hour before serving. 

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