One of the things I love the most about living in the Washington DC area is the variety.
Everywhere you turn, there is variety for the eyes, the ears, the nose, and the palate. On my street alone, we have representatives from over a dozen different countries; some long time US citizens, and others first generation. Sometimes the smells coming from the neighbor’s open windows are mouth-watering. Other times….well, I’m grateful for my hamburgers and hot dogs. A peek inside any of my kids’ classrooms at school (school starts on Monday!) will confirm that this area is filled with variety, and I love the fact that my kids are being exposed to so many different people–different looks, different ideas, and different cultures.
My favorite avocado recipe embraces the spirit of Washington DC. Not only is it full of color, but it is full of flavor. The sweetness of the corn pairs with the spice of the cilantro. The red of the tomatoes contrasts the green of the avocado. The soft texture of the black eyed peas evens out the crunch of the tortilla chips. In the end, a perfect blend.
This recipe was shared by my sister, and has been passed around my family til we all know it by heart. It is a winner in every gathering/party/dinner/lunch/or snack. In fact, you will often catch me sneaking a spoonful (yes, a spoonful of salsa!!) for breakfast if it is in my fridge.
Fresh Corn and Avocado Salsa….The salsa that’s as full of variety as the Washington DC region!
1 can corn, drained
1 can black eyed peas, drained
2-3 tomatoes, chopped
fresh cilantro, to taste, chopped (after it’s chopped, mine comes out to about 2-3 Tbsp)
1-2 bunches green onion, chopped
2 avocadoes, chopped
Dry Italian dressing, prepared (or about 3/4 to 1 cup bottled dressing)
* Add all chopped ingredients to a large bowl. Mix the Italian dressing in a separate container, then add all at once to the bowl. Mix gently but thoroughly.
* For a spicier salsa, add chopped jalapenos to taste.
* Serve with tortilla chips or as a topping to just about anything….quesadillas, chicken, salads….
* Colorful pictures will be added as soon as I can make it out to the store!
The Amazing Avocado is getting ready to begin their new Big Hit contest. I am entering this recipe into their search for the best avocado recipes from select regions in the US. Wish me luck in being chosen as the Avocado League Washington DC representative! Avocado League participants will be announced on Wednesday, September 1 and public voting for the recipes begins in late September.
I’ll leave you with some Avocado Facts:
At only 50 calories per ounce (around three slices), and sodium and cholesterol free, avocados are truly amazing! .Each serving of Avocado contains a variety of vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin / Mineral
|Vitamin C||4%||antioxidant / connective tissue formation / immune system|
|Iron||2%||oxygen transport / immune system / prevents one type of anemia|
|Vitamin E||4%||antioxidant / muscular development / tissue repair|
|Thiamin||2%||metabolism / cardiovascular health|
|Riboflavin||4%||protein, carb and fat processing / skin health|
|Niacin||4%||digestion / skin health / nervous system|
|Vitamin B6||4%||nervous and immune systems / prevention of one type of anemia / oxygen transport|
|Folate||8%||metabolism / prevention of one type of anemia / prenatal health|
|Pantothenic Acid||4%||nutrient processing / red blood cell formation|
|Phosphorous||2%||bone health / teeth formation|
|Magnesium||2%||muscle and nerve function / bone health / sustains regular heartbeat|
|Zinc||2%||immune system / wound healing / supports reproduction and growth|
|Copper||2%||normal blood pressure / regulation of heart rate|
(Sources: Nutrition.gov, NIH, American Cancer Society)
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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