Of all the items in our pantry and refrigerator, I have two things I cannot live without: avocados and tomatoes. If those two go missing, I may as well give up on this whole eating food thing.
Okay, maybe not entirely, but friends, J and I have a small obsession with guacamole, salsa, and every other kind of tomato and avocado dip—it is the thread that binds together our lunches, relaxing nights, and dazed weekends. And by small obsession, I really mean over-the-top, getting-fat-from-avocados kind of obsession.
One of my favorite dishes to whip up is a little marriage combination between guac and fresh garden salsa. The ingredients are simple: one avocado, two medium tomatoes, handful of cilantro, a few tablespoons of red onion, dash of salt, splash of lime, and pinch of cumin. Serve it cold, and you won’t stop until the bowl is empty, juice running down your fingers, happy grin slapped on your beautiful face.
Maybe one day J and I will live in a tiny little cottage with avocado trees lining the backyard, guaranteeing an endless flow of avocado toast, spicy guacamole, and avocado slivers atop soups, sandwiches, salads and… well, basically everything.
Let’s be honest, if we ate cake as much as we eat guac and salsas, we’d be giant lumps of flour fat.
So this past weekend, we packed up a quart jar of this dipping gold, said goodbye to blissful AC for a few hours, and hiked another waterfall.
Close your eyes for a second and imagine ice cold water rolling over your skin, hot sun beating down on your forehead. If you get close enough to the waterfall, the drowning break of the falling stream envelopes the already still woodsy air, and you get a second (or a minute) to sit quietly, completely alone with your own thoughts. And in that second of buzzing silence, you might trip upon a thread of peace. If you happen to be so lucky to find it, grab it; greedily hold on to it and refuse to let it out of your sight. And maybe, with a deep enough breath, you just might start to feel your broken insides meshing back together, healing crack and crevice as peace rolls over your chaos like the sweetest of salves.
And then swim back to the slippery rocks, climb onto your towel, and feed your body.
With waterfall salsa, of course.
1 ripe avocado
2 medium tomatoes
2 Tbsp. red onion
2 Tbsp. cilantro
1/2 half of a lime
Cumin (to taste)
Salt (to taste)
Hot peppers (optional)
Chop tomatoes. Scoop out the avocado halves, dice and add to tomatoes. Mince enough red onion to equal about two tablespoons, and coarsely chop cilantro. Add both to the tomato mixture and season to your liking with fresh lime juice, cumin, and plenty of salt. J and I both like a ton of heat, so if I have any jalapeño or serrano peppers hiding around the kitchen, I’ll dice up a whole one and add it to the mix. If I’m out of those, I add a healthy sprinkling of cayenne pepper. If it doesn’t burn your entire mouth, it doesn’t count. Make sure you have a whole bag of chips to waste on this bad boy. It’s worth it.