Fresh Avocado Salsa Recipe

This salsa recipe is bright, beautiful and high on taste and nutrition. Why? Because it’s made from 100 per cent real food. The more real, whole foods you eat that are full of color (the color comes from phytonutrients), the more readily you’ll look and feel good — from the inside, out.

I developed this recipe after I concocted some tasty turkey burgers last week — I needed something to dress them up. Instead of store-bought salsa, which can be full of preservatives, sugar and salt, this salsa is full of flavor, good fat and is nutrient-dense.

One of the main ingredients in this dish is avocados. While, I’ve written about them extensively, here are more reasons to reach for the green fruit:

  • One avocado contains the same amount of potassium as two to three bananas.
  • They’re a great source of vitamin B, E and fiber.
  • Avocados are high in good monosaturated fats. This fat has been shown to lower cholesterol.
  • Worried about the fat content of this creamy rich fruit? Don’t be — they contain the fat digesting enzyme, lipase.
  • Eating fat helps balance blood sugar (thus, reducing cravings) and is important for satiety signals (preventing you from overeating).

Recipe — and tips for slicing avocados

How to cut the perfect avocado: Slice it all the way around and pull the two sides apart. Stick your knife into the seed and give it a little twist (it should pop right out). Take one half of the fruit and run your knife vertically through the flesh. Next, slice it horizontally so the avocado is cut into cubes. Turn the skin inside out and pop the pieces into a bowl!

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados, chopped as described above
1 small onion diced
Juice from one freshly squeezed lemon
2 tbsp (or more!) of any fresh herb — my favorite is cilantro
1 garlic clove, diced
Some of extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Method:

Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. Yes, it’s that easy!

This dish goes great on turkey burgers or as a dip to accompany corn chips and whole grain crackers. You can also spoon into a whole wheat wrap with hummus and roasted veggies.

Joy McCarthy, registered holistic nutritionist and health coach of Joyous Health, loves to inspire others to eat well and live well. She’s also co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well, a six-week nutrition and yoga course in Toronto.

Please note: All of these recipes are created in my joyous kitchen with the healthiest ingredients. I’m not a calorie counter or a professional chef — I’m a nutritionist who loves to cook and bake, and I’m delighted to share my creations with you.

Now that you know how to slice an avocado, watch this video on mashing them up!