Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Simple Cinco de Mayo Salad and Dinner

My family loves Mexican food, and Cinco de Mayo just gives us an excuse to indulge in it.  Realizing Sunday afternoon that I had nothing in the kitchen with which to celebrate it, I hurried on over to our neighborhood Mexican market to pick up a few things.  Besides the standard fare, I knew I wanted some kind of vegetable or salad to go with dinner, and I wanted it to be kid-friendly.  Knowing I'm not an expert at nopalitos yet, I looked over their produce for ingredients to make a yummy salad.  I think I came up with a really simple, tasty salad that will refresh on any hot day, but especially on Cinco de Mayo, ole! 

Simple Cinco de Mayo Salad in the serving bowl

The requisite homemade chips with pico de gallo, guacamole, and spicy red salsa

 My Cinco de Mayo plate: plain flour tortilla, Cinco de Mayo salad, Sweet Potato candy (a sweet potato somehow softened with sugar and water!  I forget the Spanish name for it, but it was soft and sweet, and just three ingredients.), Pintos and Hominy with salsa drizzled on top.  So good!

Simple Cinco de Mayo Salad


3 avocados, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, about one cup packed, chopped, discarding bottom stems
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste


Put all ingredients in a large serving bowl and gently but thoroughly toss together.  Try to eat it all at this meal, for refrigerating it does it no favors.  Feeds five hungry vegans. Yumms!


  1. for being a quick meal it sure looks fabulous and I imagine very delicious. Hope you all enjoyed that day with your great dinner..

  2. That looks delicious and is definitely something my whole family would love!

  3. Millie, thank you, we did! :-)

    Diane, and healthy too, yay!

  4. My comments keep disappearing! I think I said that the salad did indeed look refreshing. I also commented about how good the homemade chips look — so much more appealing than the bagged stuff. Did you make them?

  5. Homina Homina Hominy! Great job celebrating.

  6. Andrea, I hate it when my comments disappear. I cannot take credit for the chips - the local Mexican market makes them there. And they are good! :-)

    SV, gracias.

  7. I'm going to need a translation on hominy - what's that? Is it like grits?

    That plate looks just like something I'd go for - I can't get enough of pintos and avos!

  8. Joey, ha ha, I feel the same way about your posts sometimes! But, you are so good about us "across the pond" and do your own translations. Hominy - I'm not sure if this is an exact definition, but it works for me - is oversized white corn. That's pretty much it. They are very mild and chewy. Hope that helps! :-)