Salsa Verde con Aguacate (Green Sauce With Avocado)

Try this recipe for Salsa Verde con Aguacate (Green Sauce With Avocado) with Zarela Martinez's picadas recipe
Salsa Verde con Aguacate (Green Sauce With Avocado)

Laurie Smith

Salsa Verde con Aguacate (Green Sauce With Avocado)

Everyone who visits Veracruz encounters the famous picadas, which resemble thick tortillas with the edges pinched up like the shell of a tart to hold a light topping of salsa and grated cheese. They usually are brought to the table in both red and green versions, the former topped with a fresh salsa roja of roasted tomatoes and the latter with some cousin of this lovely tart sauce. Since discovering it, I’ve taken to using it in various nontraditional ways — for example, to sauce simple grilled foods, or with a bowl of tostadas as a lighter, spicier replacement for guacamole. I’ve tasted many versions, but none I like better than the one I found in Maria Stoopen and Ana Delgado’s La cocina veracruzana, a classic that is now, unfortunately, almost impossible to find. 

10
Servings
5
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon  salt, or to taste
  • small white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3  serrano or jalapeño chiles, stemmed and coarsely chopped, or to taste
  • 6-8  medium tomatillos (about ½ pound), husks removed, rinsed and cut into quarters
  • ripe Mexican-type avocado (such as Hass or Fuerte)
  • 12-15  cilantro sprigs

Directions

Whether you are using a machine or a mortar and pestle, most of the process is the same: In a food processor or blender or a heavy mortar, process or pound the garlic and salt to a paste. Add the onion, chiles, and tomatillos and pulse to make a slightly chunky paste or pound and mash the ingredients together as fine as possible.

Halve the pit of the avocado and scoop out the flesh. For a smooth machine-finished purée, add it to the other ingredients, along with the cilantro, and process very fine. If using the hand method, chop the avocado flesh fine and mash it into the onion-tomatillo mixture. Chop the cilantro leaves and stems and stir in. Or, for a compromise version, process the onion-tomatillo mixture in the machine until smooth, pour into a bowl, and mix in the chopped avocado flesh along with the cilantro.  

Nutritional Facts

Calcium, Ca
1mg
0%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Magnesium, Mg
1mg
0%
Phosphorus, P
2mg
0%

Salsa Verde Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Salsa Verde Cooking Tip

Balance the amount of dishes prepared ahead and those put together last minute – serve cold dishes made in advance as well as items straight from the stove.