Saturday, July 2, 2011

Perfect Guacamole. Perfect Salsa.

Chips, salsa, & guacamole are their own food group in my life. I often purchase fresh salsa if I don’t have a lot of time, but prefer to chop my own ingredients and make it myself.  This is a highly adaptable recipe that calls for a mix of ingredients that “look right and smell right,” when mixed together, and it can be adjusted to please any palate.  Add fruit (nectarines are yummy!), increase or decrease onion and jalapeno for the right spice, and balance the bell peppers, cukes, and tomatoes for your ideal crunch factor. I like my salsa chunky and fresh but not everyone does. This can be put in a food processor or blender for a quick whirl and you’ll have a consistency more like those purchased in the store.
  • 2 to 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bell peppers, chopped (use a mix of red, green, & yellow)
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c whole red onion, chopped OR 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped (to taste)
  • small jalapeno, chopped finely (use as much as you like, or none at all)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 to 2 T red wine vinegar
  • sea salt, freshly ground
Mix fresh ingredients, toss in olive oil and vinegar, and add salt to taste.  Taste along the way to determine additional ingredient needs. Enjoy with fresh chips or as a topping on just about anything!
I used to buy guacamole in the grocery store, but once I started making it from scratch, I won’t have it any other way.  Super simple, super fresh, and it can be made to match the taste of whoever is enjoying it.  Want it spicy? Add a jalapeno.  Want it a little more zingy? Add more lemon or lime.  Simple and delicious!
  • 2 ripe avocados, mashed
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped (more or less, depending on taste)
  • 3 T fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 to 2 T lemon or lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 t sea salt, freshly ground
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 whole tomato, chopped and seeded
Mix all ingredients and enjoy with fresh tortilla chips.

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