Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lisa's Cross-Cultural Salsa with Tomato, Avocado, Lime, and Feta (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Salsa with tomato, avocado, onion, lime, and Feta
Bookmark this recipe so you can make Cross-Cultural Salsa to serve over everything when fresh tomato season arrives!

I have a faithful reader named Lisa who's such a creative cook that she'd probably make a great food blogger, but since she doesn't have a blog she sends me her fantastic recipe ideas and lets me post them on Kalyn's Kitchen.  (Thanks Lisa!)  Lisa is the one who shared her "dumb" salad recipe that I renamed Not-so-Dumb Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Avocado, and Balsamic Vinegar.  That recipe has been wildly popular on the blog and I promise you that Lisa's Cross-Cultural Salsa is just as good.  I ate it over grilled fish when I tested the recipe, but I'd love this over sauteed or grilled chicken breasts or pork chops, or as a topping for tacos or burritos.  And of course if it's a hot summer night and you're sitting out on the deck, you could certainly eat it with toasted pita bread or chips! 

Start by zesting a lime and squeezing the juice into a bowl that's big enough to hold all the salad ingredients.

Cut up the avocado and toss with the lime juice and zest.

Chop enough tomatoes to make 1 cup chopped ripe tomato.

Chop 1/4 cup red onion (or you could use sliced green onions.

Crumble 1/2 cup Feta cheese (or less, I think 1/3 cup would have been fine.

Mix together the lime juice, avocado, tomato, and red onion and stir to combine.

Then gently stir in the crumbled feta until it's mixed into the salsa.  Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste and serve.

Lisa's Cross-Cultural Salsa with Tomato, Avocado, Lime, and Feta
(Makes about 2 cups of salsa; recipe from a very creative reader named Lisa.)

1 large lime, zest and juice (at least 2 T juice)
1 avocado, diced
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup finely diced red onion (or sliced green onion)
1/3 - 1/2 cup crumbled Feta
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Zest the lime and then squeeze the juice, putting zest and juice into a bowl that's big enough to hold all the salsa ingredients.  Dice the avocado into the bowl and toss with the lime juice and zest.

Cut up enough tomatoes to make 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes.  Finely dice the red onion and crumble the Feta.  Stir tomatoes and red onion into the avocados and lime juice and mix until well-combined.  Then gently stir in the crumbled Feta just until it's mixed into the salsa.  (Don't stir too much.)  Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve.

Serve the salsa over grilled or roasted fish, grilled or sauteed chicken, grilled or sauteed pork chops, or steak.  It could also be served as a topping for tacos or part of the filling for burritos, or simply as a salsa to be scooped up with chips or toasted pita chips.

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South Beach Suggestions:  
This salsa is loaded with low-glycemic ingredients, and as long as you don't overdo it on the Feta, it would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

Nutritional Information? I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

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Ten More Salsas for Topping Grilled Fish, Poultry, or Meat:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Kiwi, Mango, and Cucumber Salsa with Lime and Jalapeno from Kalyn's Kitchen
Chimol Salsa from Kalyn's Kitchen
Tomatillo Salsa with Roasted Green Chiles, Cilantro, and Lime from Kalyn's Kitchen
Salsa Verde with Green Tomatoes, Avocados, and Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen
Quick and Easy Restaurant Style Salsa from Mountain Mama Cooks
Mango, Watermelon, and Tomato Salsa Fresca from The Perfect Pantry
Pineapple Tomato Salsa from Simply Recipes
Easy Pineapple Salsa from Budget Bytes
Roasted Yellow Tomato Salsa with Cilantro from Gluten-Free Goddess
Corn and Black Bean Salsa from Homesick Texan
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  1. Oh, feta! What an inspiration! Thanks, Lisa, and thanks, Kalyn, for sharing this recipe. Can't wait until my garden tomatoes come in.

  2. Lydia, I knew you would like it and NO cilantro!

  3. This sounds so tasty. Thank you, I will try it when my tomatoes come in.

  4. Debby, it was great even with these tomatoes from Costco, but I can't wait to make it with red and yellow tomatoes from the garden!

  5. I wouldn't even need a vehicle for this salsa...just a spoon. Sounds delicious!

  6. Thank you for sharing Lisa and Kalyn! Here in North Florida the tomatoes are coming in faster than I can pick them, this will be a great way to use some!!

  7. I love this combination and the colors are just brilliant - this would make a nice summer appetizer served on crostini.

  8. Looks delish! I would just eat with a spoon!

  9. Hmm, interesting combination! I wouldn't have thought to use feta with a salsa--but I bet the saltiness works exceptionally well with fresh tomates & avocado.

  10. You had me at avocado and feta, haha

  11. My tomatoes just got planted...I think I'll have to buy some and try this tasty sounding salsa.

  12. My cherry tomatoes just started coming in a few days ago - this sounds perfect for some of them.

  13. There are so many great flavours packed into this salsa!


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