Eliana’s Colombian Salad
Four years ago, curiosity introduced me to Tulku Tsori, a humble yet extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist teacher from India committed to help Tibetan refugees. I watched a video where he kick started a building of an orphanage by plowing the ground himself in the middle of India’s summer, and like most authentic Buddhist teachers, his charisma and warm smile was capturing. Right at the same time, I became FB friends with Jorge Rico, one of Lama Tsori’s Western students in Miami FL, who was raising money for one of his charitable projects. A couple of months later, I got a phone call from Jorge, saying he was interested in moving to Montana and couldn’t decide between Bozeman or Missoula. Although I was living in Bozeman at the time, I advised him to move to Missoula.
The next month, my job as an assistant/nurse to an elderly friend ended, my parents decided to leave Bozeman and all the stars were lined up for the move to Missoula, where most of my friends and Buddhist practitioners (including Raquel) resided. I emailed Jorge and told him that my partner and I were moving to Missoula too! We settled in our new city and shortly after met Jorge and his wife, Eliana, in a Sangha (Buddhist practitioners) gathering. Him and my boyfriend were like two peas in a pod and spend their time off from work watching football and eating chicken wings. Soon as winter was over, Jorge sponsored Tulku Tsori to come to Montana for a visit and a few public teaching sessions and I was delighted to finally meet the teacher that I had admired in person. His tender presence was truly touching and right now I find very few words worthy of his description. One of those ‘you must see and feel for yourself’ things. Later that night and after dinner, Lama Tsori gave us a few gifts from his monastery and blessed us with a prayer in Tibetan that I didn’t understand.
Coincidences never cease to amaze me. First we made a great friend and later met one of the most beloved Tibetan Lamas!
Jorge was American Cuban, and his lovely wife Eliana had recently moved to America from Colombia. The couple were exceptionally kind, warm and generous and invited us over to their house numerous times. This is a salad I watched Eliana make for us and I have been making it every summer ever since. I asked Eliana if the recipe is Colombian and she replied that it’s just the way her family prepared it.
What makes this fresh salad unique is the large chunks of onion, tomato and avocados that compliment any meaty dish, and if your avocados are ripe enough and marinated in lime juice long enough, they will disintegrate. By the way, I tried to expand or better the recipe by adding dried herbs or a bit of garlic only to find out simplicity is the secret to the great flavor of this food.
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 2 small-med. SWEET onions (red or yellow. walla walla preferred)
- 4 med. sized tomatoes
- 4 avocados
- 1-2 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 limes, juiced
- salt & pepper to taste
Time~ 5 min
- Section the onions, tomatoes and avocados to 8 pieces each.
- In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients.
- Refrigerate for 20-30 min before serving.