According to one of my new Avocado connections, the California Avocado Commission, June 12 through June 18 is California Avocado Week! Living in avocado rich San Diego, I'm thinking it might be a sin not to celebrate. A few weeks ago the people at the CA Avocado Commission in combination with Foodbuzz's Tastemaker program sent me a box of gorgeous California grown avocados. As shown in our first avocado post (Mahi Mahi with Grilled Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa), here at Liv Life avocados are high on our happy list.
Seems we owe our thanks to Judge R. B. Ord, of Santa Barbara, for introducing avocados to the U.S. with trees brought from Mexico. By the early 1900's growers were seeing the avocado's commercial potential and the rest is history. Today, California produces about 90% of the domestic crop with the majority harvested from some 60,000 acres (6,000 growers) between San Louis Obispo and San Diego. With San Diego being named the Avocado Capital of the nation I'm in avocado heaven!
|photo from CA Avocado Commission|
Living my own dream, I'm always amazed at how a few simple ingredients come together to create such tantalizing flavors. Diced avocados and mangos mix together with chopped red onion and cilantro to bring a most flavorful salsa. Seasoned with lime and a touch of salt, I'm not really sure what to call our creation. Sometimes we call is Avocado Mango Salsa, and sometimes we call it Mango Guacamole. When in doubt though, I just call it lunch...
Avocado Mango Guaca-Salsa
Avocado Mango Salsa is one of those versatile, make it how you like it sides. Really like mango? Add more! Only like a little cilantro? Add less. Adjust the ingredients to your liking and you have a salsa fit for chips and dip, a topping for grilled pork tenderloin or a wonderful side to your grilled fish.
1/2 cup diced mango
1 avocado, diced
1 slice red onion, finely diced
1 1/2 tbs cilantro, finely chopped
1 Tbs lime juice, freshly squeezed (more if desired!)
salt to taste
Simply place all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently. Season to taste... and enjoy!