Salsa Cruda with Horseradish and Avocado Mousse

Cindy Thomas, August 22, 2015

Ingredients for Salsa Cruda with Horseradish and Avocado Mousse

Ingredients for Salsa Cruda with Horseradish and Avocado Mousse

 

It’s salsa season!  With our unbelievably hot summer here in the northwest, we are enjoying an amazing tomato harvest.  This week’s recipe from Daniel Boulud is called a salsa, but is intended to be served as a chilled summer salad.  I found it to be good on its own as a salad, but even better as an accompaniment for tacos.  It was fun to use many ingredients straight from my garden for the salsa.  Fresh horseradish was a new ingredient for me to work with and I was able to find it at my local grocery store.  What a crazy looking root!

The recipe is pretty straight forward.  It does require lots of chopping, so the prep is a bit time consuming.

A mountain of chopped veggies and herbs!

A mountain of chopped veggies and herbs!

Once everything is chopped, it is stirred together and put on ice to stay chilled until time to serve.

Salsa cruda on ice

Salsa cruda on ice

The next part of the recipe was a fun new take on guacamole.  Avocado, lime juice and salt are whirred together in a food processor to create the avocado mousse.  Guacamole is something I make often and I like to keep it basic in order to really enjoy the flavor of the avocado.  This preparation was similar to my own, but a million times smoother.

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So, I served this dish in individual portions as indicated in the recipe.  The slices of fresh radish compliment this salad well with their crunch and bite.

Salsa cruda with horseradish and avocado mousse

Salsa cruda with horseradish and avocado mousse

My family was especially impressed with the avocado mousse.  I made it again this week to go with a taco salad.  While the dish was pretty good on it’s own, it was amazing on steak tacos!!

Steak tacos and salsa cruda with avocado mousse

Steak tacos and salsa cruda with avocado mousse

This is certainly not what I would have expected from a French cookbook, but I’m not complaining!  It was delicious.

If you’d like to make this recipe, it can be found in this cookbook: Cafe Boulud Cookbook

Also, if you’d like to see how other members of Weekend in a French Kitchen fared with this recipe, check out this link: Weekend in a French Kitchen

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  1. Cakelaw says:

    I am loving the steak taco idea – now that would be super.

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