And strawberries are from Venus. You see where I am going with this.
Up until recently, the avocado was one of the most misunderstood fruits, yes fruits, at the market. Green, wrinkly, lumpy, often overripe and mushy or hard as a rock, and most likely to turn brown within seconds of exposure to air. Why bother? Well, it just so happens that this berry is one of the healthiest foods in the world. That is why I have made them the focus of my kitchen studio this week. Those lumps are starting to look real sexy, eh?
I love avocados. And I love love guacamole. But I love love love this recipe maybe more than that.
As I contemplated yet another batch of guacamole, it dawned on me that avocados are like men. There’s an innuendo in there somewhere, but I won’t go down that road. For the purpose of this conversation, let’s just say they are a male fruit. Like most men, sure, they are great on their own, but when paired with an amazing female, well great things start to happen.
So if avocados are male, then what fruit is female? Oh there are so many… but for me it has to be the strawberry. It just doesn’t get more girly than that. Decorate a cake, drown in chocolate, serve with champagne, heck even write a song, and do it all with amazing, sweet, beautiful red strawberries.
But with avocados? Yes. With avocados. They are both berries, they are both fruit, but they are so opposite that it just works. It’s Shrek meets Fiona good. Don’t think about it. Maybe even close your eyes at first, whatever you do, try this salsa and you will fall in love. I promise.
Avocado & Strawberry Salsa
2 ripe avocados, 1/4 inch dice
6 large strawberries, 1/4 inch dice
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 jalepeno, seeds removed, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
2 tsp kosher salt
Simply combine all of the ingredients except the avocado, and mix together.
Fold in the avocado, making sure that it gets covered in the lime juice, and serve immediately. Enjoy with chips and a cold margarita…
or as a topping, like on this ridiculously good shrimp taco.
Paula Abdul was so right. Opposites do attract.