I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think it is a bit of freshness added at the end or a flavorful garnish that really elevates a dish. I used to look at magazine recipes and see their lovely freshly chopped garnish on the top of their soup, and think how pretty it looked. And that was what I thought it was for "to look pretty", I had no idea how important it was. But I've slowly started changing my ways and adding a nice fresh handful of something or other on the top of my soups. What a difference! It really changes the flavors and definitely increases the visual pleasure of a dish. I have vowed..no more naked soups.
This fresh avocado salsa was the perfect accompaniment to a spicy mexican style chicken soup. The soup would have been good without it, but it was so much better with it.
1 peeled and diced avocado
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 hot pepper, diced (seeded if you are a wimp)
juice of one lime
1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Mix avocado, tomatoes, hot pepper, lime juice, and cilantro in a bowl. Add salt to taste.
This was so good. I found myself trying to ration out my limey-tart bits of avocado into each spoonful of my soup. This would have probably been good with some finely diced red onion, but I am not a big fan of raw onion. I loved this so much, that I am going to go searching out some other ideas for fresh garnishes and salsas for the steady stream of soups and stews that come out of my kitchen in the winter.
And since it contains my fav herb, cilantro, this will be my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging. It is hosted this week by Anna at Anna's Cool Finds.