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.


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.

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  1. says

    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. :-)

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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

  5. swirlingnotions says

    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!

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