Growing up, we were the sit down to breakfast, lunch and dinner as a family and no TV type of house. Take out or restaurant outings were rare treats. My mom cooked well rounded three meals every day. We always started the day with a hearty breakfast consisting of arepa, cheese, eggs or chorizo, and sometimes we had calentado (a traditional Colombian breakfast made with leftover rice and beans).
Simple Side Salad
- 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
- 2 ripe tomatoes sliced
- 1 avocado peeled, pitted and sliced
- ½ red onion sliced
- ¼ cup of fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 English cucumber sliced
- 3 tablespoons of white vinegar
- Juice of 4 limes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Arrange the lettuce on a large plate, next add the sliced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, cucumber and avocado slices.
- Drizzle with the vinegar and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
Lunch and dinner in Colombia usually consisted of a protein (chicken, seafood, pork or beef), rice, yuca, plantain or potato, some type of vegetable, a bowl of soup and this simple side salad.
This is the salad I ate almost every day growing up in Colombia and it’s my go to salad now. I love it because it’s very easy to make, fresh and healthy. Also, you can use more of less of any ingredient based on your own taste preferences.
I always serve it as a side dish, but you can add hard boiled egg, shrimp or grilled chicken and serve as a main dish.