Avocado Salsa with Pan-Roasted Cumin

Avocado Salsa with Pan-Roasted Cumin
Viviane Bauquet Farre


For the pan-roasted spices

  • 1 Teaspoon  cumin seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  coriander seeds

For the salsa

  • 1/2 Teaspoon  sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon  lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon  Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon  avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons  finely chopped cilantro
  • ripe avocados

This salsa is a fusion between Mexican and Indian flavors — a merging that’s exotic but works marvelously. Pan-roasting the spices before making the salsa makes this simple dish truly spectacular.


For the pan-roasted spices

Heat a small heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium heat. Add the cumin and coriander seeds and cook until they turn deep golden and are fragrant, about 2 minutes, shaking the pan constantly and taking care not to burn the spices. Transfer to a mortar and grind until finely ground.

For the salsa

Place the ground spices, salt, lime juice, Tabasco, oil, and cilantro in a large bowl and stir until well blended. Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit and cut the flesh with a paring knife in a small grid pattern, being careful not to cut through the skin so you do not cut yourself.

Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and add it to the rest of the ingredients. Crush the salsa with a pestle making sure to keep some chunks and stir well. Place the salsa in a bowl and set aside.


Note: The salsa can be made up to 30 minutes ahead.


Calories per serving:

196 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 74g 113%
  • Carbs 37g 12%
  • Saturated 10g 48%
  • Fiber 28g 111%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 49g
  • Polyunsaturated 11g
  • Protein 9g 17%
  • Sodium 1,227mg 51%
  • Calcium 80mg 8%
  • Magnesium 130mg 33%
  • Potassium 2,044mg 58%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 228mg 33%
  • Vitamin A 47µg 5%
  • Vitamin C 46mg 77%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 20%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 32%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 36%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 53%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 330µg 82%
  • Vitamin E 11mg 55%
  • Vitamin K 107µg 134%
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