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Avocado Cucumber Summer Salsa

This is a wonderful cool-hot salsa that is half way between pico de gallo and traditional guacamole. The cucumber adds a cool, crispy edge that makes for a very nice contrast to the spicy pepper. Serve with tortilla chips or as a side for grilled fish or chicken. Also makes a perfect addition to wraps.

Serrano peppers are more spicy than the jalapeños but that extra kick is needed to keep the heat from getting lost behind the other ingredients.


 2 firm Haas avocados, cubed
 1 English cucumber, seeded and cubed
 4 scallions, sliced
 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
 1 Serrano chile, seeded and minced
 1 lime, zest and juice
 salt and pepper to taste


Use a ripe but still firm avocado so the salsa does not get too creamy and still has distinct tastes in every bite. Chop the cucumber into pieces about the same size as the avocado chunks. Gently mix all ingredients together to keep the avocado from getting too mushy and serve immediately. You can add another pepper if more heat is desired. Be sure to get a bite with all the pieces when testing for heat.

Serves: 4 to 8
Avocados Cucumbers Scallions Cilantro Lime No-Cook

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