Papalo is an herb which is a staple in Mexican cooking, and is often set out on the table at mealtime with bunches of parsley and cilantro. It has a unique, distinctive flavor that is similar to cilantro and goes well in dishes where you would use that herb - but be aware that a little goes a long way.
|3 T||onion (finely minced)|
|1||jalapeno (or serrano chili, minced, optional)|
|1 1⁄2 T||lime juice|
|pn||salt (coarse, to taste)|
|1 1⁄2 T||papalo (finely chopped)|
|4||avocados (peeled, pitted, coarsely diced)|
|3⁄4 c||tomato (diced)|
Use a mortar and pestle to crush the onions, chili, salt, and lime juice into a creamy paste. Place the cubed avocados in a medium mixing bowl and transfer the onion and lime mixture to the avocados. Toss well and lightly mash with a fork. Gently fold in the tomatoes and papalo. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed, and serve.