Guest Author - Martha McKinnon
I love easy appetizer recipes. One of the keys to easy effortless entertaining is to keep things simple, especially where appetizers are concerned. That's probably why I find myself turning to chips and salsa over and over again. Just fill bowls with tortilla chips and your favorite salsa and let the party begin.
Sometimes the same old salsa, whether homemade or from a jar, can get a little boring and predictable. That's where a more special salsa recipe or two comes in handy.
As soon as I saw this recipe for avocado shrimp salsa, I knew it was a winner. It's a great quick and easy spicy shrimp appetizer that stirs together in minutes perfect for summer when tomatoes are at their tastiest.
The next time you are looking for an easy appetizer recipe with the flavors of Mexico, I hope you try this easy avocado shrimp salsa.
Avocado Shrimp Salsa Recipe
You can often find small cooked shrimp in the freezer section of your grocery store that only need to be defrosted before using. This recipe is best made with ripe avocados. A ripe avocado will give slightly when gently pressed with your thumb. The recipe calls for 1 jalapeno chile. If you like things spicier, add more jalapeno or use a serrano chile instead.
1 pound cooked small shrimp, peeled, de-veined, and chopped
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 medium sweet bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/2 cup chopped, seeded and peeled cucumber
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, and finely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
In a large bowl, gently stir together all the ingredients until they are well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings (salt, pepper, lime juice) a little at a time until it tastes the way you like.
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
Yield: Makes about 6 cups of avocado shrimp salsa
Tools for the Mexican Food Cook...
A Versatile Chip 'N Dip Serving Set
Lime Squeezer - Indispensable for the Mexican kitchen