All Purpose Healthy Everyday Salsa’s

I am a big fan of a home-made salsa, they can have so many purposes – as a dip, as a garnish, as a topping, as a sandwich filling… the uses are almost endless.

Time and time again I find myself using these two salsa’s and as such I thought that I would quickly write-up their recipes so that you too can use them in as many ways as I do.

They are both Mexican themed, however both can be used with different cuisines separately… and indeed, together!

Avocado Smash… not quite Guacamole

Great as a topping on most Mexican dishes, a spread on sandwiches and wraps or a dip with some carrot sticks.

Avocado Smash Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Ripe Avocado - $2
  2. 1/2 Lemon - $0.60
  3. Dash of Olive Oil - If you don't have any in your hostel, leave it out
  4. Salt & Pepper - free packets from McDonalds
Instructions
  1. Scoop out the contents of the Avocado into a bowl
  2. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon
  3. Add a dash of olive oil (makes it smooth)
  4. Smooth together with the back of a fork (I leave some chunky bits as I like a varied texture)
Equipment
  1. 1 bowl
  2. 1 fork
Cost
  1. $2.60 (Australian Dollars)
The Lite Backpacker http://www.thelitebackpacker.com/

Tomato Salsa with Coriander/Basil

Great as a dip with corn chips, topping on Mexican dishes, thrown in pasta sauces or over the top of seafood.

Herb and Tomato Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 Tomatoes - $1.80
  2. 1/2 Red Onion - $0.60
  3. Juice of 1/2 a lemon - $0.78
  4. Bunch of Herbs - Basil for Italian themed meals, Coriander for Mexican themed meals or Parsley for those in-between genres - $3.98
  5. Splash of olive oil
  6. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Dice the tomatoes as finely as possible, then smoosh them with the back of your knife
  2. Dice the red onion finely
  3. Finely chop the herbs
  4. Put all ingredients - including salt, pepper and splash of olive oil, in a bowl and mix
Equipment
  1. Chopping board
  2. Sharp knife
  3. Bowl
Cost
  1. $6.56 (Australian Dollars)
The Lite Backpacker http://www.thelitebackpacker.com/

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