Thursday, September 1, 2011

Salsa or Salad

by Lucy Arlington
When I say salsa, you think of a kind of condiment, right? Chopped tomatoes and other veggies, onions, spicy pepper, something to dip your tortilla chips in. Well today I’m going to share with you a recipe for a salsa that I have been serving as a salad during the past hot summer months. Now I’m not really sure what to call it. Because I also serve it at times with tortilla chips. It’s a multi-tasking salsa.

The first time I had this, I was at a luncheon with my sister. It was served as a side to a grilled chicken breast and was so delicious that my sister boldly asked the chef for the recipe. He obliged, and now this salsa/salad is a staple for both my sister and me for parties, dinners, and potlucks. Even for a snack. It always receives rave reviews, and inevitably I get asked for the recipe.

And it’s so simple. Chop, chop, chop, open some cans, squeeze some limes, add salt and pepper, and you’re done. The tartness of the lime along with the floral essence of the cilantro complements the sweetness of the corn and tomatoes and the bite of the red onion. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Avocado and Black Bean Salsa (or Salad)
2 ripe avocados
2 ripe tomatoes
½ small red onion
A handful of cilantro sprigs
1 can Black Beans
1 can Niblets corn
Two limes
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Chop the avocado and place into a large bowl.
2. Squeeze all the juice from the two limes over the avocado and gently toss. This will prevent the avocado from turning brown.
3. Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out the pulp and seeds and discard. Chop the tomatoes and onion into small pieces and add to the bowl.
4. Drain and rinse the black beans and add to the bowl. Drain the corn and add to the bowl.
5. Chop the cilantro and add to the bowl.
6. Season with salt and pepper and gently stir everything together, being careful not to mash the tomatoes and avocados.
That’s it. You’re done. Enjoy!


Vickie said...

Thank you for sharing this! It looks so good and easy, the best combo. I know this will be a plus for our Friday fish taco nights.

Ellery Adams said...

This looks like a very healthy and tasty recipe! Yum!

Anonymous said...

My friend's daughter makes something that looks very much like this, and I've been wanting the recipe for a long time. (She won't share.) So thank you! Yum!

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm Marcelilla!! I didn't know it was so easy, I'd like to try this recipe because it seems really simple, as you said this is just chop, and chop, thanks so much because I know that final result of my salsa will like to my family members. I hope you giving me more ideas because this one was perfect!!

Diane P said...

Just add chopped cabbage & jalapeno ranch dressing to make my spicy coleslaw.

Anonymous said...

I just made this. I added green pepper cucumber. Going to eat it with chips. It is delicious!! I think it would be great on burgers or hot dogs. Hope its a hit at my picnic tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Hi again! I'm Marcelilla I followed the tips of you and Diane P and I can say it was perfect, I was very bad in these things but with this tips I know I'll be an expert.
What kind of recommendation would you give me, because I want to organize a perfect dinner next Saturday?

Anonymous said...

Wow, Diane P and Marcelilla, those are great additions. I'm going to try them next time I make it.