With the summer heat hitting us hard, we are all looking for ways of enjoying seasonal foods without turning on the oven.
I've had my blender out on the counter for weeks now - no point storing it - smoothies, chilled soups and salsas are the orders of the season and I couldn't be happier. A perfect way to mix up some of nature's best and work in those delicious fresh vegetables and fruit that sometimes get overlooked during the long winter months (well, some of us have long winters anyway...).
Although I'm not one to turn down salsa of any kind, salsa verde has always been a favourite. There are dozens of variations on this beautiful green sauce and the one that I've created today is a confluence of classic salsa verde with its Mediterranean influence (capers/parsley) and the influence of my ever-present love of Mexican ingredients (lime, jalapeno, cilantro and avocado).
|Everything looks so vibrant and fresh this time of year|
The result is a refreshing and tasty salsa that is also wonderfully filling thanks to the health-building fat in avocado. A perfect sunny day (or any day) snack.
As always, you can play around with the ingredients to arrive at the combination that works best for you.
Medi-Mexi Salsa Verde
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup capers, drained
- 1/2 cup purple onion, chopped
- Zest of one lime
- Juice of one lime
- 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 cup packed fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 + 1/2 cups packed fresh cilantro, chopped
Capers are pickled in salt and retain a good deal of sodium even after being drained. Be sure to taste the verde before seasoning to avoid sodium overload.
If you are looking for a quality, gluten free corn chip, be sure to read package labels to make sure that you are essentially purchasing: corn, oil and salt without all the extras. Product additives often contain gluten and cause all manner of problems for celiacs and those with gluten intolerance (more below).
Enjoy the salsa verde with an assortment of fresh vegetables or whole grain nibbles - since I always showcase vegetables, I decided to feature blue corn chips for fun!
By the way, one of the things I love about the organic brand blue corn chips is that they are essentially just the corn chip. No colourants or artificial flavourings. I have had many celiac clients report bouts of discomfort and illness after eating what they thought was a gluten free food (corn chips) - not realizing that these chips are often dusted and powdered in gluten containing additives.
|I made these rustic bowls in a pottery class over a decade ago|
they have little chips & cracks here and there but are still serving us well