Today marks the first day of fall but before we head into the new season I'd figured I would share one last summertime inspired dish. Before we stock our fridge with root vegetables and variations of winter squash, head to your farmers market to take advantage of the last of summers tasty produce. This is a simple salad made with avocado, tomatilio, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Dressed with a touch of olive oil, lime juice, and a sprinkle of sea salt, it is bright, citrusy, and tangy.
Have you ever had a raw tomatillo before? I will admit that I hadn't either until a couple dozen arrived each week in my CSA box. I would describe them almost as a cross between a tomato and an apple! They are tart, firm, and literally just bursting with flavor when fresh.
If you love guacamole, give this a try since it share similar flavor. I prefer to serve it chilled but you can easily serve this at room temperature as a chunky salsa or spooned on top of fish tacos, burgers, or chicken. I love it so much that I literally just eat spoonfuls by itself.
Avocados may play a key component in your health thanks to the healthy fats and tons of nutrients. You might be inclined to call it a vegetable, thanks to its green hue and savory taste, but the avocado is technically a fruit because it contains a seed. Avocado has sometimes received a "bad rap" as a vegetable too high in fat. While it is true that avocado is a high-fat food (about 85% of its calories come from fat), the fat contained in avocado provides many health benefits. These benefits include:
- A natural anti-inflammatory that helps to keep inflammation under control.
- Lowers the risk of heart disease
- Optimizes absorption in our digestive tracts for phytonutrients found in other foods.
According to the California Avocado Commission, a medium Hass avocado contains about 22.5 grams of fat, two-thirds of which is monounsaturated. They're also very low in fructose, and provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including:
- Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana)
- Vitamin E
- Folic acid
- 5 large tomatillos, husked and chopped into small cubes
- 1 avocado, diced into cubes
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 white onion, finely diced into small pieces
- 1 jalapeño, finely diced. ( *Add as much or as little as you prefer depending on how spicy you want the salad*)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Sea Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Put the tomatillos, avocado, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro in a bowl. Drizzle the lime juice and olive oil and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro if you like. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve chilled.
Time: 20 Minutes