Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime Dressing

Their dinner guests had already arrived and were sipping drinks and eating apple and avocado salsa by the time Armand returned . . . .

“I saw the Lepage boy come flying out of the woods again,” said Ruth. “What was it this time? Zombies?”

“Actually, I believe he disturbed a nest of poets,” said Armand, taking the bottle of red wine around and refilling glasses, before helping himself to some of the salsa with honey-lime dressing. “Terrified him.”

—The Nature of the Beast

Apple and Avocado Salsa

Makes 1½ cups salsa; about 8 servings

Choose a slightly firmer (but still ripe) avocado than you would for guacamole and a naturally soft red apple such as a McIntosh. The quantities below may be easily doubled to serve a larger crowd.

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon light honey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small Hass avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into ½-inch (1-cm) dice
  • Half a red apple, peeled, seeded, and cut into ½-inch (1-cm) dice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Chips of choice

Put the lime zest and juice into a bowl. Whisk in the honey, salt, and pepper. Fold in the avocado and apple until coated with the dressing. Add the cilantro, if using. Taste and add a little pinch more of salt and pepper, if needed. Spoon the salsa onto the chips. The salsa is best eaten when freshly made, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few hours. If refrigerating, gently press a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the top of the salsa, then cover the container. Bring the salsa to room temperature about 15 minutes before serving.

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Discussion on “Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime Dressing

  1. Julie Buck says:

    Yum! This looks wonderful! I am loving these recipes, but I guess this is it until later in the month, when we may finally get one from A Great Reckoning! By then I’ll be deep into the book, and might not notice this til I come up for air!

    I just want to thank you all (Louise, and the wonderful people at Minotaur Books) for these fun recipes and the lovely booklet of them that you made available to us all. Reading about the food in the books is a big part of our love for the characters, I think, and we can all feel like part of the family this way.

  2. Elina Mavromatis says:


  3. Cathryne Spencer says:

    I’m making this as soon as I get home today, I can’t wait. It sounds and looks delicious!

  4. Laurie Grier says:

    This looks delicious! Please add the “Print” link at the bottom for easier printing. Thank you.

  5. Jim Katz says:

    The photo isn’t quite accurate – the apple is not peeled and I’d be surprised if the avocado and apple were actually folded into enough of the dressing to coat – it all looks so fresh. I spent part of the summer food-designing photos for a cookbook and got a little oversensitive to this, I think. I do bet it is delicious.

    • susan g says:

      I wouldn’t peel the apple anyway… but isn’t this fun!

    • Deb says:

      I think I would roughly chop the apple in the food processor so the chunks wouldn’t be so big. I think it would fall off the chip and we don’t want that. When I try it, I will let you know which is better.

  6. Michele says:

    Looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it.

  7. deb says:

    Thank you again for another “look inside” of the characters lives. Will try ASAP.

    I also wanted to say I am touched by your love and devotion to Michael. Not all women are “keepers”, but Michael hit the lottery with you. Best of luck and happiness to follow you and yours.

  8. Patti Lounsbury says:

    May I add my own “Yum!” to the collective thought here? On my way to lunch and already thinking of gathering ingredients before heading home from work today. Many thanks to everyone involved for all the wonderful recipes you have shared with us.

  9. Margaret says:

    Thank you so much for these recipes and the others in the book. We are enjoying them and thinking of the stories when eating !

  10. jeanne kern says:

    So far my absolute fave is the leek and cheese casserole. I’ve made it three times already, and my husband loves it.

  11. Kate Forhan says:

    Love the recipes– and the books. My husband and I just returned from Québec, including a stop in Knowlton where we stocked up Gamache goodies, and now I am rereading them all!

  12. Marilyn Black says:

    Thank you for the book entertainment. The food is such an added bonus for me.
    I send much love & strength for the time ahead as I have just come through a similar experience with my husband during the last months.

  13. Maureen Gurrie says:

    What a great idea to supply these recipes! Enjoyed a few already – and looking forward to the end of August for the GREAT RECKONING! Many hours of absolute pleasure.

    Thank you.


  14. Jean Halloran says:

    I ran into trouble printing out the recipe booklet. Then I lost the info to redo. Please send me that info if possible. Will try to print again.

  15. Maureen St. Pierre says:

    This is heaven! I’m making it for book club while we discuss “A Great Reckoni
    ng” in November.

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