I just got back from a walk today and the weather is perfect for lazing around. The breezes are gentle and mild, the sun is out but not scorching, and the temperature is in that perfect mid-70’s range where you can sit outside in shorts and flip-flops and feel fine, but not so hot that if you’re working indoors you feel like shooting yourself in the face just to get some fresh air flowing.
It’s times like these you learn how delicious salsa fresco can be. I’m serious, if you’ve never had good salsa fresco you are missing out on what may be the best thing to happen to you all year. It’s refreshing, healthy, and 100% guaranteed to make you eat too many tortilla chips. My Dad was gracious enough to instruct me in the fine art of salsa fresco preparation when I visited earlier this month. Now, I’m going to be gracious and share with you!
- 1 onion, chopped to bits
- 2 avocados, pitted and peeled and chopped to 1/4″ chunks
- 4 tomatoes, seeded and chopped to bits
- salt, pepper, cumin to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
- 2 toasted jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped to teeny tiny bits (use tongs and roast them over the gas burner)
- the juice of 2 limes
Just mix all this stuff in a big bowl and make sure you don’t skimp on the lime juice! It’ll keep the avocado from getting nasty and brown. When you seal the bowl, smush the plastic wrap down so it’s flush with the salsa, this will keep your avocados fresh too.
I loved this recipe so much that I actually ate it for breakfast one of the days I was there. With the right tortilla chips? This dish will make your whole entire week. I don’t even want to think about what this could do if you parked it right next to a well-mixed margarita. You’d probably just get to witness the heavens opening up and a choir of angels praising your meal or something.
Now that summer is officially here (we started out this summer with a huge thunderstorm, because our weather is nothing if not always appropriate here in Washington) I hope this recipe gives you everything you need to justify eating tortilla chips for dinner. Just emphasize the presence of fruits and veggies to any naysayers. Once they have a taste they’ll shut up and start eating too.