Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I  have yet to meet anyone who does not like avocados.  Avocados are a really versatile fruit that is used in salads, appetizers, sandwiches, dips, and also eaten just sliced up by itself.  Avocados have about 75 percent fat but it is heart friendly monounsaturated fat.  Avocados are rich in carotenoids, minerals and vitamins.   If you are watching your caloric intake, 1/4 to 1/2 avocado per day is sufficient.   The recipe below is simple and fast to make.  You can add cooked shrimp to this dish if you want to make this more of a main dish versus a side salad.  What I particularly like about this dish besides the avocado is the lime and cilantro.  I also like to eat sliced avocado on its own with a squeeze of lime.  

Avocado Salad

         2 avocados - peeled, pitted and diced
         1 sweet onion, chopped
         1 green bell pepper, chopped
         1 large ripe tomato, chopped
         1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
         1/2 lime, juiced
         salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, combine avocados, onion, bell pepper, tomato, cilantro and lime juice. Gently toss until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper.  Serves 6

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