Quickie Criollo Tomato and Avocado Salad (great side for spicy, salty or otherwise highly seasoned food)

3 Oct

A go-to side for spicy creole cooking!

This is a super-quick, healthy side dish that we use in the Caribbean to accompany really salty stuff, like bacalao (salt cod) dishes, or to cool the palate between bites of something spicy. It goes wonderfully with creole soups, or as the lightest, yet most satisfying of dinners when you don’t want to fuss (A hard-boiled egg or a scoop of tuna would be a fine protein accompaniment). The colors and slices lend themselves to festive; this dish looks like a party, even if it’s just a party of one.
We had it tonight with a mini-tortilla española (potato and egg stovetop frittata) I made while doing a bigger sized one for our Restoration Farm potluck on Sunday, green salad and some string beans blanched and then sauteed with garlic and oil (and a bit of bacon fat, truth be told).



Quickie Tomato and Avocado Salad

1 ripe avocado (responds to pressure, but isn’t totally mushy*), sliced into eight wedges and peeled

1 ripe tomato, cut into eight wedges

¼ red onion, peeled and sliced thinly, lengthwise

Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Salt for sprinkling

Freshly cracked pepper, if desired

Arrange avocado and tomato wedges on a small plate, alternating

Scatter red onion on top. Drizzle olive oil as desired.

Sprinkle salt and optional black pepper and serve cold

*Buying avocado is not easy, I know! Lately I have had a 50-50 record of success with the little black Hass ones, despite my years of practice. I don’t know what’s up with that, but the general rule is to buy it hard and stick it in a paper bag — with an apple, if you’ve got — for a couple of days. If you are buying an avocado for the very same day, look for something that yields to pressure, but doesn’t totally mush. If it is ripe but you are not ready to use it, it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

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4 Responses to “Quickie Criollo Tomato and Avocado Salad (great side for spicy, salty or otherwise highly seasoned food)”

  1. Bluejellybeans October 5, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Hi Natalia! That is a tortilla de patata, isn’t it? It looks delicious and the veggies too. Great recipe!

    • nataliadecuba October 5, 2011 at 3:32 am #

      Thanks for commenting! It certainly is a tortilla de patata; if you click on the link in the post, you will get that recipe!

  2. nataliadecuba October 4, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    Thanks for your comment Rufus! It’s a personal fave. Easy to wrap up in a tortilla or something and take to work…

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide October 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    That does sound like it’d refresh the palate. Looks pretty darn tasty too.

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