Saturday, January 26, 2008

WHB - Avocado Salsa

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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.

Avocado Salsa

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
kosher salt

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.

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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.

19 comments:

Peter M said...

Peek-a-boo, i see you...avocado salad. Cool photo!

Michelle said...

That avocado salsa looks amazingly good. The possibilities are endless-gracing a bowl of chili, spooned over flatbread, topping a white bean bruschetta--yum. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for visiting Cooking the Books. :-)

Anna Haight said...

I had naked chestnut soup tonight... never again now that I see topping possibilities!

Kevin said...

I have garnished soup a few times. It is a nice way to add a bit of colour and flavour.. I have used caramelized pears, bacon, pesto, and sour cream. Avocado salsa sounds like a good garnish.

Lydia said...

Part guacamole, part salsa -- makes me feel like the middle of summer!

Kalyn said...

Today I made chili which had a different types of avocado salsa on top. It was really delicious. This sounds wonderful too, and I agree, it does make a big difference.

Laurie Constantino said...

I could eat this straight up by itself, it looks that good. And I agree with Peter M, it's a great picture - I love the angle of the shot.

katiez said...

It's hard to always remember to 'garnish prettily' when it's time to get dinner on the table...
Avocados are finally getting to a decent price here again... I bought 2 the other day and they were both perfectly ripe - also a rarity! Love your salsa

Siri said...

Hey Pam, Congratulations on winning the prize for Anna's WHB..:))

The Avocado Salsa looks yummo..

~ Siri

Cakespy said...

Pam, that looks amazing. The cilantro in the top picture just enticed me. I can tell this recipe is a keeper!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I have an avocado sitting on the counter now... just about ready.
Salsa sounds perfect!

Carla said...

Sounds delicious!!! I love salsa.

Marjie said...

Pam, I love your colorful pictures! I'm sure my family would love this, but I can't eat peppers....

How did your kitchen come out?

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Looks great!

I have pretty odd luck when it comes to getting avocados--they're either very unripe or *very* overripe.

A scientist in the kitchen said...

Great idea for a salsa. Haven't used avocado yet.

swirlingnotions said...

Yum! I love avocado . . . and your inspiration to garnish soups. In fact, this post made me hanker for a Yucatecan lime soup, which is one of my all-time favorite soups and which I've vowed numerous times to make yet never have. I'm thinking this would be a scrumptious "make pretty" on it :-).

Thanks for coming by Swirling Notions . . . I'm so glad to have found your blog!

Emiline said...

I agree; fresher is better!

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