Avocado salad and tomato sauce.

A very old salad. Now with maybe a face lift in the shape of a tomato vinaigrette. This was a favourite little salad in our home right after my marriage. And at that stage and age it was delicious with a liberal drizzling of tomato sauce, better known as ketchup, bought straight from the supermarket shelf,  instead of a fancy vinaigrette. I don’t like tomato in a green salad, the two don’t marry well for me. But this is an exception. Maybe because it isn’t really a green salad. Or maybe it is the way it is served. Or maybe I’m only fooled by the play on words. That is what we do nowadays. A salad in the seventies would mean chopped tomatoes and green leaves with onion rings and  a dressing of vinegar and sugar.  Now we are still  not french and call our dressings vinaigrettes. Now we eat an “avocado salad with bacon topping”, Or “tomato salad with a drizzling of lemon juice”. A “green salad with roasted almonds”, “mesclun with truffle shavings”. So, do we still eat ketchup on our avocado salad…of course we do…in the secrecy of our kitchen!



A tip to try: Never put tomatoes in the fridge, even in summer. Keep them in a cool place. The cold kills all flavour. To revive some of its flavour, leave for a few minutes in water…like salad, like carrots, like all vegetables in fact.

…old things become new…


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8 responses

  1. Simple, elegant and delicious…I’m bringing wine.

    09/01/2009 at 22:40

  2. Sounds great to me Ronell. One of my favorite breakfasts is a half avocado filled with cottage cheese and topped with salsa roja. I really like how you paint the sliced avocado.

    09/01/2009 at 23:14

  3. I love avocado and this salade looks so yumm.
    I too never lep the tomatoes in the fridge.

    10/01/2009 at 13:21

  4. Jean

    You remind me of salads my mother (who would be 101 were she alive) used to serve when we were children — and hated all salads. Her simple combinations would be considered declasse by today’s standards. I know memory is selective, but the flavors were great, upon reflection. And this sounds like something I’d like to have right this minute. You’re sending me out to the market…in the rain…but for a good lunchtime cause.

    10/01/2009 at 17:34

  5. Your french kitchen looks wonderful. I am delighted with the illustrations and your recipe cards. It all looks very delicious. Happy new year!

    13/01/2009 at 16:19

  6. The glasses look like Basque wine glasses, are they? Yum – I love both tomato and avocado any which way.

    18/01/2009 at 08:52

  7. When I was still living in Port Elizabeth, avocado filled with something was my standard dinner party standard. Now it’s so hard to get really good avocadoes – not like at home where you’d buy 10kg bags of perfect avos at the traffic lights!! Love the pas op die hond sign :)

    19/01/2009 at 18:56

  8. Hi Ronell,

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m thrilled to find your place.

    Have added you to my blog roll. Can’t wait to explour your blog.

    22/03/2009 at 15:57


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