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Have lots of tomatoes from the farmer’s market? Did you happen to snag some from your avid gardener? Or were you lured by the mounds of tomatoes in your local grocery store? However you get them, just get them so you can make this little big dish recipe and relish in the bounty.

This little salad packs a huge punch. It’s a recipe  from my Cuban days of cooking, way back last year. But that was winter and who had a garden full of tomatoes in the winter? Just recently, I got a bunch of tomatoes and had to find a way to put them to great use. So thank you my garden green fingers friend.

Check it out. It is so easy to make and you can’t believe how well it goes with ANY grilled meat or toss it  in a bowl of pasta, use it as a side dish for a picnic or scoop it up with a tortilla chip. I promise you, you will love me for it.

Ensalada Criolla (Creole Salad)  from “In a Cuban Kitchen” by Alex Garcia

Serves 4

1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks

2 medium tomatoes, diced

1 medium red onion ( I used 1/4 of it instead)

6 Tablespoons Vinagreta Cubana (recipe to follow this one)

Salt to taste.

Place the avocado, tomatoes, and onion in a mixing bowl. Add the vinaigrette and mix to combine. Season with salt. Voila!

Vinagreta Cubana

Makes 1 1/2 cups

2 Tbls yellow deli mustard

1 large garlic clove, crushed

6 Tbls fresh lime juice or white vinegar

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 bunch fresh parsley, stems removed and leaves chopped

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, stems removed and leaves chopped

Salt and Pepper, to season.

Combine the mustard, garlic and lime juice in a mixing bowl. Whisk in the oil in a steady stream. Add the parsley, cilantro, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Pour over tomatoes and avocado salad. Marinate and use in whatever or for whatever.

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