This post is for all of you who are diehard fans of that mysterious, creamy green sauce at your local taqueria.
It's not guacamole, and it doesn't even seem like Salsa, but it's strangely addictive and it works wonders on tacos, so what is it?!
And more importantly, how do I make it?!!
How To Make Salsa de Aguacate (Avocado Salsa)
Liquefy some barely seasoned avocados and you've nailed down the essence of Salsa de Aguacate. It's meant to be light and mildly flavored, the ideal accompaniment to bold and spicy tacos.
But before we make it let's first see where it falls on the Avocado Spectrum.
There are four avocado sauces (or Salsas) that you'll come across most frequently in Mexican cuisine.
Or you can combine the avocado with yogurt and seasoning (or mayo/cream) and you've got a creamy avocado sauce on your hands that you can use as a dressing or spread.
Next, you can add an avocado to a traditional green Salsa and you've got a delicious Avocado Salsa Verde on your hands.
And finally, if you combine an avocado with water and lime juice you'll get an even thinner sauce that is slightly creamy. And strangely addictive.
Hello Salsa de Aguacate!
This sauce is on the opposite end of the spectrum from guacamole. It has a light texture and just a hint of seasoning.
And it's super easy to make too!
Simply add the following ingredients to a blender or food processor:
1/4 cup water
juice of 1 lime (approx. 2 tablespoons)
4-5 sprigs cilantro
1/2 garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon salt
And combine well.
You might have to scrape down the sides of the blender, but there should be enough liquid in there to get it to combine quite easily.
And that's it. Easy right?
That's how I use it -- spooned on top of big, bold tacos to provide some cool green relief. If you get a chance, chill it before serving as this makes it even better.
Of course, you are welcome to jazz it up if you want to use it on its own. Sometimes I'll add some dime-sized slivers of serrano for heat and then dip veggies in it.
But I would say more often than not I keep it mild and simple.
Creamy Avocado Sauce -->
Avocado Salsa Verde -->
Salsa de Aguacate
That's the general progression to keep in mind, with Salsa de Aguacate being the lightest, thinnest option. And depending on what you're eating, sometimes it's the best option too!
Okay, I hope this solves the mystery of the creamy green sauce that you keep seeing at your favorite taco joint. I'll put the recipe box below but feel free to get in touch if you have questions about any of these delicious options.
Salsa de Aguacate (Avocado Salsa)
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup water
- juice of 1 lime
- 4-5 sprigs cilantro
- 1/2 garlic clove
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- In a blender or food processor, combine the following ingredients: the flesh of a ripe avocado, 1/4 cup water, juice of 1 lime, 4-5 sprigs of cilantro, 1/2 peeled garlic clove, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Combine well. For a thinner consistency add additional splashes of water.
- Serve immediately. Or if you have time, chill in the fridge before serving.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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