Tex Mex Chopped Salad
Updated: Jun 18
When the earth laughs it gives flower blossoms and rainbow food. Today we are Celebrating this earth that we all have in common with a colorful chopped Tex Mex salad.
Earth Day this year especially offers an opportunity for us all to reflect upon our planet and how each one of us can do their part. We don’t just need a few people doing big things. We all can do little things at the end it will all matter.
At times like this, I am missing what i did not know i would miss until we could not have it. We are craving the outdoors, the swing at the park, hikes, nature, and the blossoming spring.
Brightening this gloomy Chicago day with this colorful salad of crunchy vegetables, sweet mangos and creamy avocados in a olive oil, sumac, and cumin dressing. This salad is perfect to top your grilled meats, with fish, on shrimp tacos, or just crack open a bag of tortilla chips and crunch away.
I served this salad in my hand painted Armenian ceramic bowl that my sister Zaina bought me in Jerusalem few years ago. #earthday
Tex Mex chopped salad
2 ripe Hass avocados
2 pints grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
or 3 large tomatoes finely chopped
1 mango diced
1 English cucumber diced
1 small red onion diced
1 minced jalapeno ( marinated in 1 tbls olive oil) you can also use pickled jalapeños
1 cup cilantro chopped
5 radishes thinly sliced
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup good olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tsp agave (optional)
1 tsp ground sumac
1/4 tsp cumin
Mix all your dressing ingredients in a jar to combine.
First prep your onions and Jalapeños: dice the jalapeños and onions and place them in a shallow bowl with one tbls of olive oil. The olive oil will mallow out their heat and takes the bite of the onions.
In a salad bowl add all your diced vegetables except the avocados (try to dice all the vegetables the same size). Add the marinated onions and jalapenos, add your avocados at the end so they dnt break apart too much. Gently toss the salad with the prepared salad dressing.
This salad is perfect served with grilled meats, fish and shrimp, add to your tacos, or crack open a bag of tortillas chips and crunch away.