I received the beautiful cookbook The Cuban Table for Christmas and until recently had only made one recipe from it (for that post click here). However, I remedied that last weekend when I made a delicious summer salad that was effortless to prepare and delightfully light on a hot summer night.
While I’m still not a huge avocado fan (it’s something about the taste), I know that some people just adore them including those that eat them as if they’re a piece of fruit. However, as I get older I am wanting to give some foods a second chance and avocados are one of them. Thankfully, the other ingredients found in the recipe do somewhat masque the avocado taste and so what you get is a different type of salad and one that is especially healthy.
This is a dish that would go great with just about anything prepared on the grill or in my case, leftover pizza (we didn’t eat dinner until late that night and this salad was the only thing I was up for preparing from scratch). Just make sure your avocados are ripe when you cut them-trust me when I say you do not want to (ever) eat an unripe avocado. A trick for (supposedly) expediting the ripening process in case the only ones at your local supermarket are hard as rocks is to place them in a brown paper bag for a couple of days.
Ensalada de Aguacate (Avocado Salad)
Recipe adapted from The Cuban Table by Ana Sofia Pelaez and Ellen Silverman
1 small vidalia onion or similar sweet onion
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium ripe Florida avocado or 2 Hass avocados
Freshly ground black pepper
2 medium beefsteak tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 teaspoon sugar
1 small lime, quartered (optional)
-Place the onions in a medium mixing bowl and toss with the vinegar and olive oil. Marinate the onions for 20 minutes.
-Peel the avocado and cut into 1-inch chunks. Place the avocado chunks in the center of a serving bowl. Pour the dressed onions and tomtatoes over the avocado and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with a dash of sugar and serve immediately.