May 19, 2011

Flavorful Cucumber Avocado Salsa

This week we have seen so much rain that I think we might just float away! On my way home on Wednesday, the rain was coming down so hard that the water had no where to go... but, across the roads.  I was wary of driving through certain stretches of one of our busier roads because it does tend to flood a bit.  Fortunately, I left work before it had time to really get too high.

After I picked up My Boys from school we were on our way home and I pointed out to them that the little bridge that is over a shallow stream was likely to be overtaken by the water tonight.  The water was very close to reaching the road - up probably 5-6 feet and no where to go. 

I really am wondering what is happening with the weather the past year or so... our Winter seemed brutal between snowstorms that actually caused my office to shut down and our schools to use all 3 snow days plus 2 extra days... and, now Spring doesn't seem to be anything but rain with a few warm, sunny days thrown in to tease us.

Maybe I'm just a bit grumpy and down due to the grey skies this week and crave some warm sunshine to brighten my mood.  Tonight's dinner was a taste of summer for me.  I chose another recipe from Ellie Krieger and was, once again, very pleased with the results.

Cucumber Avocado Salsa 

The recipe was for Steak Tacos with Cucumber Avocado Salsa... I'm going to tell you about the salsa today. 

Mexican flavors and the accompanying ingredients say sunshine and summer to me.  We've even managed to head off to Cancun the last 2 years in the midst of freezing cold to escape and warm our toes in the sandy beaches... and enjoy our fill of Mexican food! 

So, with this rainy week a creamy, yet crunchy avocado salsa was a perfect way to bring a little sunshine to my dinner table.  I loved the contrast between the creamy avocados and the crunchy cucumber and onions.  I wondered if the lime juice would be enough to pull it all together.  I shouldn't have been concerned because the simplicity of the lime juice was all this salsa needed. 
Steak Taco
This salsa is seriously addictive... you'll want to add it to any kind of taco you might enjoy - fish, steak, shrimp... go ahead, get creative!  Using tortilla chips to scoop it up is just as addictive... be careful, this salsa will not last long once it's served!

Cucumber-Avocado Salsa
Adapted from: Ellie Krieger's "The Food You Crave"


  • 2 Kirby cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • 2 medium, firm-ripe avocados - peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 Vidalia onion, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper - seeded and finely chopped (add more or less depending on your taste)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss very gently to combine.  Be careful not to crush the avocado pieces.  Serve within 1 hour of preparing.

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Aggie said...

I have this cookbook, have to try this salsa, it sounds so refreshing and goooood!

The weather has been bonkers this year it seems. I'm not complaining (you know why :) ) but hearing from those in other parts in the country it just seems like a really weird year! I hope it gets nice for you real soon. If not, come visit me. :)

Patsyk said...

Aggie - try this salsa, I know you would love it! If things don't improve, I may have to take you up on that offer to visit!

Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) said...

I make a really similar salsa, and I just love how all those cucumbers 'stretch' the avocado. More salsa, less fat!

Shelby said...

I am so with you about the weather. We need some sunshine around here to boost some spirit. The salsa looks and sounds delish! I would be the only one eating it, but I would be ok with that too! (Grumpy won't touch an avocado!)

Maria said...

Great salsa for summer!

Patsyk said...

Rivki - you are so right! I also loved the crunch the cucumbers added. YUM!

Shelby - you won't want to share the salsa with him anyway! lol! It's so good, you'll be adding it to everything you can think of!

Maria - it is perfect for summer! let me know if you try it.

Megan's Cookin' said...

I bet those were some tasty tacos. I'm thinking it would be excellent with fish tacos too. So fresh!

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