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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Strawberry-Avocado Salsa




With Cinco de Mayo this Saturday, I know many of you are looking for recipes to mark the holiday.  I thought I'd share this recipe for strawberry-avocado salsa as it utilizes the bounty of strawberries in season right now, and creates a zesty savory salsa that is a delicious change from the usual tomato variety.  I've recently become a big fan of fruit salsas served as a snack with tortilla chips and pita wedges and also as an accompaniment to tacos and burritos or served over grilled pork, fish, or chicken.  The slightly sweet fruit is absolutely delicious when paired with the spicy elements of the salsa like jalapenos and the citrus flavors of lime or lemon juice.  There is just something so yummy about the combination of fruit, lime juice, cilantro, and salt that is so refreshing during the warm months, so we make fruit salsas a lot over the spring and summer.

It also doesn't hurt that salsas are a great and healthy snack too! As you may remember I follow Weight Watcher's and this recipe is 1 WW point per serving (I've included the nutritional information and WW break down at the end).  It's so nice to find snacks that we enjoy that have such low point values. I usually toast some whole wheat pitas in the oven with a sprinkling of sea salt on them until they are crisp and then cut them into wedges to try to keep the points WW points down.

I really enjoy the combination of strawberry and avocado in this salsa.  I have found that it is best to use slightly under ripe strawberries and avocados to keep the salsa from becoming mushy.  I also prepare this immediately before serving.


Strawberry-Avocado Salsa

Ingredients:
1 cup finely chopped strawberries
1/4 cup finely chopped peeled avocado
2 Tbs. finely chopped red onion
2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. grated fresh lime zest
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Gently toss and serve immediately.  Serve with toasted pita wedges or tortilla chips.

 Nutrition Info:  Per serving: (1/4 cup) 34 cals, 1.6 grams fat, 1.5 grams fiber, 5.4 grams carbohydrates, 0.6 grams protein.

WW Points Plus= 1 point per 1/4 cup

Recipe from Cooking Light


If you're looking for other fruit salsa recipes:
Peach Salsa
Mango Avocado Salsa

Here are some other recipe ideas for Cinco de Mayo:
Hot Bean and Cheese Dip
Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese Dip
Crock Pot Pork Carnitas 
Lightened Mexican Chicken Casserole
Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake






5 comments:

  1. Ummm... Ryan. Love it!. I was thinking salsa, but now I know exactly what salsa to make for party.

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  2. Ryan - this is really lovely. The strawberries are a nice change up for salsa.

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  3. Oh Ryan I LOVE this idea of using strawberries - SO delicious!!
    Mary x

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  4. I simply cannot wait for strawberry season in Chicago. This salsa is at the top of my list!

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  5. Although Cinco de Mayo is passed, I'm really glad I didn't miss this post (almost I did...). I'm' going to make this next time. I haven't tried avocado and strawberry combo but I always have them in kitchen. It's going to be fun experiment and can't wait to eat it!

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