A Healthy Appetizer for the Holidays

If you are having a holiday party or are asked to bring something to someone else’s this is a tasty, healthy alternative to the usually dairy based cheeses and spreads.  The vegetables and Omega 3 packed oils are anti-inflammatory and lower in calories than most alternatives. Because it is made up of whole foods it is high in fiber and protein.  Another great way to enjoy your holidays and keep your waistline in check.


Avocado and Black Eyed Pea Salsa

Healthy Salsa


Makes 12 servings


2            ripe but firm avocadoes, diced

1/2 c.     chopped green onion

1/2 c.     chopped fresh cilantro

1 c.        chopped roma (plum) tomatoes

1            (11 ounce) can shoepeg corn, drained

1            (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1/4 c.     red wine vinegar

1/4 c.     olive oil

1 tsp      ground cumin

1/2 tsp   minced garlic

              salt and pepper to taste



  1. Lightly mix together avocados, green onion, cilantro, tomatoes, corn, and black-eyed peas in a salad bowl until well combined.

  2. Whisk together red wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin, and minced garlic in a bowl, and pour over the salad. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and lightly toss the salad again. Chill for 1 hour before serving, to blend the flavors.

NOTE:  The salsa is a wonderful salad topping.  Place a bed of fresh greens on your plate, overlay with some crunched up corn chips then add the salsa on top.  You may want to put a small amount of the oil and vinegar combination on the salad greens for added moisture.  It is a quick and delicious meal.


Source:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/avocado-and-black-eyed-pea-salsa/


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