Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Avocado Mango Salsa or Mango Guacamole?? How about Avocado Mango Guaca-Salsa!


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
Perusing the CA Avocado Commission's site I truly enjoyed putting faces to a few of those 6,000 growers.  For example, Bill and Anne Coy, growers from Cayucos, California, have roots that go back to Anne's father, Bob Blanchard who was the first grower in San Louis Obispo County to test grow avocados and citrus.  While Anne left the groves she grew up with in her early life with her husband Bill, the two returned and created a partnership with Anne's dad and are now the proud owners of 30 acres of flourishing avocado trees.  Passionate about the fruit, Bill professes he is "Living the Dream".

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!

25 comments:

  1. whatever you call it, it looks delicious!! can't wait to get my hands on some mangos and avocados and make it!!

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  2. This salsa has such beautiful color from all the fresh ingredients! It sounds tasty as well, avocadoes and mango are an awesome combo!

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  3. I would eat this creamy and sweet salsa/guac...no matter what you call it! This is colorful and so pretty...and it has to taste even better!!

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  4. Sounds delicious and refreshing!

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  5. Beautiful pics! And, on another tropical note, I once had a guacamole with feta and pomegranate seeds. It was colorful as well (but I but yours tastes better!) :)

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  6. This looks amazing!!!! I must try this....

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  7. I love it and I like the name too! These are all my favorites and it should be combined as one dish. So easy to make! I need to go buy all the ingredients and try this snack.

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  8. Guaca-salsa! What a cool name :) the flavors are so fantastic. I must try this soon... The pictures are gorgeous too, Kim! Thank you for sharing this. This one's a keeper!

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  9. I am loving the last name you chose for it!! :)
    You just made my day. I have 2 freezer bags full of mango, and I'm tired of just putting it into smoothies, so this Avocado Mango Guaca-salsa, should work! Now, try saying Avocado Mango Guaca-salsa fast 3times! :)

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  10. wow!! what a great combination of flavors, I don't think I would have ever thought of that salsa combo!
    I do love avocados!
    my wife loves mangoes and I'm always looking for new ways to use them for her!

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  11. Avocados and mangoes! My two fav foods! Why didn't I think of that combo?

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  12. I love this Kim!!!! what a great combination! and i just love the name you chose...it's perfect!

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  13. YES! I love this guaca-salsa! Perfect combination of flavours.

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  14. Thanks for the recipe! Soooo good!

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  15. Mmm-- I have a similar recipe. Chips, grilled chicken, grilled fish, there are so many so many uses for this condiment. Sweet and creamy with a bit of tang--yum! Thanks for the reminder. It looks so good!

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  16. Mango Guaca-Salsa! Happy Avocado week for sure!

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  17. This salad must be delicious! I like the colours of it. Very nice photos!

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  18. We love guacamole. and I make mango salsa, but never thought to put the two together. Pure genius! Now when we have our weekly guac and chips, you can be sure that there will be mango in it. Thanks for sharing, Kim

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  19. I love avocados and I am always in search of new recipes. This one looks great!

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  20. yum yum! i never need a reason to eat avocados but will take advantage of avocado week, for sure! your photos are gorgeous--i'm jealous.

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  21. You're a genius, Kim. Never thought of this concoction. Hubby hates avocados but mangos are his favourite so you can see where I'm heading.... :-)

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  22. I love guacamole and incorporating mango into salsa, but never thought to mix it all together. So smart and delicious! This is a fantastic summer appetizer :)

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  23. Whatever it's called, I'll have some...and lots of it, please! It's making me wish I had my own avocado tree but thankfully, I'm never far from a good one since they're always available here. Now I know why. Thanks for the education as well as the tasty serving idea.

    Have a great weekend, Kim!

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  24. What a lovely combination of flavors! Avocado, mango and cilantro sound splendid together. I'm thinking of having it with grilled salmon :)

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  25. The avocado and mango combo is such a nice one!

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