Creamy avocado and fresh strawberries with basil, chilli and a tart lime dressing. Savoury, spicy and creamy, all in one healthy, summer salad recipe.
Now, I loves me some guacamole. I usually prepare it with a little fresh garlic, lime juice, some tomato, perhaps some coriander, and a generous sprinkle of salt. It is freakin’ delicious and I eat it for breakfast most mornings.
But I wanted to think of something more interesting to blog for you today. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, my dream is to see vegetarian food as a cuisine. One unrestricted by national boundaries – because, let’s face it, as an active choice vegetarianism has little history. I’m sure I am also repeating myself when I say that culture is just what people do. I have a huge amount of respect for traditional practices, especially when it comes to food, but what I do not have is a slavish devotion to it. What happened in the past is worthy of consideration and appreciation, but we need not stick to the same exact recipes that our ancestors followed because of the severe supply restrictions that were imposed on them.
So I offer you a new, unbelievably non-Mexican recipe for a guacamole-like recipe. Enough caveats?
All the ingredients in this dish have flavour compounds in common, even if they aren’t typically eaten together. This is also true of both baked potatoes and pomegranate, so the flavours of this meal as a whole are harmonious and balanced.
One thing to remember when preparing this recipe – and avocado in general – it really needs to be seasoned properly. The right amount of seasoning will lift this somewhat bland ingredient to a glorious harmony of luscious texture and taste. I hope you enjoy it!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 lime, juice only
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 10 ripe strawberries
- 10 large basil leaves
- 1 red bird's eye chilli
- salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Cut the avocado flesh into chunks (I'll leave the size up to you) and toss in the lime juice. Season generously. Arrange on a plate.
- Finely chop the basil and chilli, then cut the tomato and strawberries into chunks. Mix together gently and spoon over the avocado. Serve immediately.