I saw this recipe on Tasty the other day and thought OMG I must try this and I must try this now. It' so simple but delicious! And lucky days at the same time I received a coupon from Influenster for a free bottle of Filippo Berio Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil to test out. Perfect!! And so yumminess was had. lol
Okay so this is very very basic stuff but man it was good!All you need is an English cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, lemon, salt/pepper, oil and if you'd like to include it cilantro or parsley. The original called for cilantro but I think it's absolutely foul so I went with parsley for my first go. I've made this a second time without and it's just as tasty.
Chop and dice and dice and chop.
If you don't work with avocados often they can be a bitch to peel.
I was always taught to use a metal spoon to scoop the flesh out of the peel but it looks so ugly most of the time. I started using a rubber spatula and holy cow is it quick and pretty! It doesn't work well with under ripe avocados but those aren't great for eating anyways.
Now. Combine your base ingredients.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Squeeze on half a lemon, olive oil and your cilantro or parsley if you're including them.
Then let it sit for just a little bit.
It's fine right away but it's yummy if you give it like 10-14 minutes.
While I was waiting I made croutons. Just heat your oil then drop in your bread until golden brown and let drain. I got a little distracted so mine were a smidge too toasted but still yummy.
And serve! This is great as a starter salad or as a side salad.
I also did it as a main course once with fake chicken chopped up on top.
One thing to note is it doesn't have a fabulous shelf life once it's made. You'll likely be okay the next day though it will get much more liquidy but after that it's best to just toss. Things get a little too soupy and soggy.
Okay and a product review real quick! For my oil I used Filippo Berio Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil which I received from Influenster. It was real nice. I had no complaints about it. It's a little expensive at 8.99 a bottle but I liked the taste and it added a smooth rich flavor to the dish. I've used it a few times now and will likely buy it again. They have a lighter flavored version as well that I'm curious to try. As far as extra virgin olive oils go I was pleased. I thought the label was real pretty too :D
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