For us Dominicans, there is no need to dress up an avocado, but you can fancify it a bit in this simple Ensalada de Aguacate (Avocado Salad).
If you come to the Dominican Republic without knowing a thing about our cuisine--and the same thing could be said for most of Latin America--you may be inclined to think that our cuisine is similar to Mexico's. This is something I've seen many times.
And nothing could be further from the truth.
No, we don't eat guacamole, but we love LOVE avocados. I may have even shown up to a Dominican restaurant with an aguacate de emergencia, in case they don't have any. Seriously.
Typically we serve our avocados in chunks or slices with our meals, but if you're feeling like serving it a bit more refined, this colorful avocado salad will do it.
Ensalada de Aguacate Recipe (Avocado Salad)
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 1/2 small red onions cut into strips (optional)
- 1 small red pepper cut into small cubes (optional)
- 2 large avocados (or 3 small ones)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt (or more, to taste)
- A pinch of pepper
- Mix the lime juice and oil. Marinate the onion and pepper in this mix for about an hour.
- Peel and slice (or dice) the avocados and mix with the lime juice, onions and pepper.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.