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Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salsa with Fresh Basil

I’ve got a big yellow bowl sitting on my kitchen counter.  I love that bowl.  It looks like sunshine.  And it’s overflowing with all my beautifully delicious fruits and veggies.   I also love my big yellow bowl because one of my dear friends gave it to me for my birthday, and because it’s so big it holds my prized summer produce.
And right now my prized summer produce are avocados, tomatoes and cucumbers.  During the spring and summer I find myself consuming major amounts of these lovely pieces of yumminess.  It seems the tasty trio can always be found on my plate.  I should be various shades of green and red by now.

Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salsa with Fresh Basil over Grilled Alaskan Salmon

I got a little excited last week and purchased a few too many avocados and tomatoes.  Yes, I was grocery shopping while hungry.  Not a good idea.  By the time I reached the checkout counter my grocery cart was overflowing.  I’d definitely need to come up with some nifty new recipes for my embarrassingly large purchase.  I think I need to add the word “restraint” to my vocabulary.

Home with my unrestrained purchase, I whipped up this quick little salsa to top our dinner of grilled Alaskan salmon.  My nifty new salsa almost didn’t make it to dinner.  The Bennett crew kept sweeping though the kitchen, subtly scooping little bites of the salsa with blue corn chips.

It’s another two for one recipe!  Serve the salsa as a starter or a dinner.  Or in the case of the Bennett crew, it was a starter dinner.

Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salsa with Fresh Basil

Ingredients

2 Avocados, diced

2 Fresh Summer tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/2 cup fresh diced cucumbers

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

Squeeze of lemon

Drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions

Toss together the avocado, tomato, cucumber and basil.  Drizzle with fresh lemon and olive oil.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, adding a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired.

Options:  Instead of fresh chopped basil, substitute with fresh oregano and Italian parsley, or add in a little fresh mint.  Fresh chopped cilantro is also a fabulous compliment to this salsa.

Serve over grilled chicken or fish.  Or serve as an appetizer with a basket of blue corn chips.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen
    July 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Adding avocado to almost anything sounds nice. Your salsa looks good on your beautifully cooked salmon.

    • Reply
      Karista
      July 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Karen! I agree, avocado is delicious with most anything. Happy Cooking!

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