by Melanie A. Albert, intuitive cooking expert, author, speaker, Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group, LLC
This week, I had the opportunity to lead a cooking class with Gregory’s Fresh Market in Phoenix, with the theme of good fats for heart health. One of my favorite ‘good fat’ dishes is a very simple avocado salsa. It’s so versatile. With a simple avocado, fresh lemon juice, and sea salt base, we can add all kinds of veggies and make a quick healthy lunch or snack.
Excerpt from Melanie’s book, “A New View of Healthy Eating.”
EXPERIENCE NUTRITION Signature Avocado Salsa
Honestly, I had never eaten fresh avocados until a few years ago, and thought I didn’t like them. One of my brothers made a simple, fresh avocado salsa with his home-grown yellow pear tomatoes and fresh garlic. Since that day when I first experienced the deliciousness of creamy avocados, I loved them and have taught the simple avocado salsa recipe to hundreds of people, including kids, MDs, former NFL players, and holistic students at speaking engagements, workshops, and cooking classes.
Teaching my then 6-year old niece, Meredith how to massage the avocado salsa. She’s now 12 years old and still making avocado salsa for a snack.
Basic Avocado Salsa
Have fun intuitively creating your own avocado salsa with the veggies available right in your own refrigerator.
This simple-to-make avocado salsa (or guacamole) is the best. Make it for lunch, as a snack, or for tailgating parties. It’s so easy to prepare and it’s so delicious that you’ll want to eat it a few times a week. With good monounsaturated fats, fresh veggies, and a squeeze of lemon, enjoy your avocado salsa with your favorite crunchy fresh organic raw veggies.
- 4 soft, ripe avocados
- 2-3 heirloom tomatoes or 6-8 cherry tomatoes
- 3-5 green onions
- Handful fresh cilantro or basil
- 2-3 cloves raw garlic, minced
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice, to taste
- Sea salt to taste
- Chop and gently mix all ingredients.
- Enjoy as a salad or in a wrap.
“Keep an avocado in your kitchen all the time so you’re always ready to make a quick avocado salsa to enjoy as a salad or in a wrap.” – Melanie Albert
Create Your Own Avocado Salsa
Using the Basic Avocado Salsa Recipe as a guide, create your own with your favorite farmers’ market fresh vegetables. Experiment with carrots (orange, yellow, or purple), peppers (red, green, yellow, or purple), cucumbers (green, lemon cucumbers, or Armenian), olives, garbanzo beans, and dehydrated tomatoes.
7 Simple Ways to Enjoy Avocados
- Homemade avocado salsa
- Fresh avocado wrap
- In sandwiches instead of butter or mayonnaise
- Sliced and added to salad
- With steamed vegetables
- In raw vegan desserts
- With fresh lemon or lime juice, a little sea salt, and minced garlic as a simple snack
ACTION: I invite you to buy a few avocados and have fun adding different veggies to your ‘avocado salsa”.
Amazing. Take a look a the avocado tree In Cocoa Beach that my parents grew from seed…