But since adopting a new style of eating, Mexican food is but a thing of the past for the most part. But I still yearn for some of those flavors. It was here that I sort of started making this un-smooshed, slightly deconstructed, guacamole as a side salad to accompany my lean meats.
It's delicious and THUPER easy to make.
This salad serves 2, or if no one is looking, just YOU!
Step 1: Gather Your Weapons
So For the core of this salad, I use the following:
1 Med-Lg Avocado
About a 1cu to 1.5cu of cherry or grape tomatoes.
1 Jalapeno Pepper
Lemon Juice (or lime juice)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Some other good spices to use: chili flakes, cayenne pepper, garlic....whatever you like!
Step 2: Bust Out the Knife!
I then cut the avocado into small bite sized pieces and pile it all together.
Step 3: IAye! IEs Mucho Caliente!
I typically like things REALLY spicy, but for this salad, I don't want the spice to overpower the great flavors of the avocado and the sweetness from the tomatoes, so I cut the seeds and membranes out.
The best way to do this is as follows:
Cut the stem clean off. Stand the pepper up and cut it down the center.
Now this is important! With a spoon (or gloved hands), scoop the membrane and seeds out. Be careful not to touch the pepper innards excessively, and if you do, WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY! I can't stress that enough. (however, even then, sometimes that doesnt help. I touched them, washed my hands, ate dinner, proceeded to wash dishes later that evening...and when I went to bed some 4 hours later, I scratched my eye and it started burning like holy hell..... be careful)
Chop the pepper up into a small rough chop.
This is probably a good time to get those onions chopped too.
Step 4: Mix, Pour, Squirt!
Mix the onions and pepper in with the tomatoes and avocado.
Pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the mix as well. Since we aren't mashing this up into a guacamole, the light coating of olive oil helps to give it that "salad dressing" feel. I would say this is optional, but it really adds nice flavor to the dish.
Squirt! An important element to this salad is the presence of something acidic like lemon or lime juice. Not only does it add a great depth of flavor, it keeps the avocado from turning brown. I like to use anywhere between a a teaspoon and a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice.
Step 5: Cilantro
The best way to cut cilantro? Take the bunch and hold it upside down. Then slide your knife down the stems of the bunch so you are just shaving the leaves off.
Then rough chop them into more manageable little morsels.
Step 6: Season It Up!
This is where you can get really crazy and put all your favorite spices in. Be sure to taste frequently as you don't want to put too much of any one spice in! Here, I am using Mrs. Dash because a) Im lazy, and b) it tastes pretty good
Step 7: Fiesta En Su Boca!
Once everything is mixed together, give it a second to really absorb and marinate in the flavors. I typically eat it about 15 minutes after I have mixed everything. Then enjoy as a great side salad with your meal!