Did somebody say, “Olive Garden”?
Whoa, Marilyn! How did that happen?! You go about your daily routine for decades without any special attention, then pow! Suddenly you’re “viral”! You go girl!
What a joy it’s been to watch this phenomenon unfold; my family and I are so looking forward to the upcoming week of Marilyn’s appearances in New York City! Wow, what an absolutely wonderful thing to have happen. It’s a reminder of the beauty and spontaneity of life – like they say, it’s full of surprises!
Some friends are coming over tonight for a casual get-together, and I wanted to try this easy new appetizer recipe to get the party started right.
Great appetizers are full of flavor to stimulate the appetite, but not so rich that they spoil it. To get that balance, look to fresh, flavorful ingredients. Ripe tomatoes add beautiful color, great taste, and a host of healthy nutrients – like vitamin C – to any appetizer.
Here’s a recipe for Tomato and Avocado Salsa – whether you make it mild or spice it up, this salsa will make a lot of mouths happy. Try serving it in individual, wide mouthed glasses so guests can dip and re-dip as much as they like.
For the best tomato flavor, never refrigerate them. A chilled tomato will not finish ripening because cold halts the ripening process. Cold also kills the flavor of tomatoes, so even when the tomatoes are fully ripe, keep them out of the refrigerator.
1 medium tomato, seeded = approximately 3/4 cup chopped.
1 large tomato, seeded = 1 cup chopped.
1 pound of tomatoes = approximately 2 1/2 cups chopped, or 2 cups puréed.
Tomato and Avocado Salsa
- 2 large Florida tomatoes, diced
- 1 large avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 teaspoon powdered cumin
- Your favorite hot sauce (for heat)
- Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- In medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and hot sauce.
- Serve at room temperature for best flavor.
Yield 4 to 6 servings
Notes, Tips & Suggestions
For hotter version, substitute 1 seeded fresh jalapeño pepper for green pepper. Also, if you prefer, use toasted cumin seed instead of ground cumin.
Source: Florida Tomatoes