Celebrating Lent: Cucumber & Avocado Shrimp-less Cocktail - Sammy Makes Six

Celebrating Lent: Cucumber & Avocado Shrimp-less Cocktail

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I grew up observing the Lent holiday and whenever this time of year comes along, I actually really enjoy thinking of the many recipes that we can make for the family, most of them recipes that we might not enjoy year-round. My family, especially my mom and siblings, are huge meat eaters, as is pretty normal in our Mexican heritage. Life is all about the meat: carne asada, carnitas, bistec, you name the meat, my family loves it.

But I have never been as huge a meat eater as they are and in fact have always loved the side dishes of one of our traditional meals more: refried beans, arroz, guacamole, even tortillas! Ever since I was a kid, I would pile my plate high of all the side dishes and then add the tiniest bit of meat to my plate. That's probably why I enjoy the Lent season so much, it's the time of year when meatless dishes get their time to shine and we get to enjoy a lot of veggies, which are my favorite.

It's with that in mind that today I am sharing one of the favorite recipes that my mama made when we were growing up during Lent, but with my own spin. Instead of making the traditional Shrimp Cocktail, I will be taking out the shrimp and just adding a lot more veggies to the mix. The end result is an incredibly yummy, crunchy, super flavorful dish that you can serve up during your next get together with familia and friends.

And of course, the star of the show, the product that is going to give this dish the most sabor, is Clamato® Tomato Cocktail. Clamato is a must-have in our pantry at all times, but especially for all of our Lent-friendly recipes.

You can find Clamato at Walmart in either the 64oz bottle (which my store was out of thanks to all the Micheladas they were enjoyed during the big game) so I picked up two of the 320z bottles. We will be using the entirety of the two bottles for this recipe so make sure you pick up enough.

At Walmart, I also picked up all of the fresh veggies for the dish. This recipe is for a big portion large enough for at least ten servings, but you can tweak the ingredients to the portion size that you will be preparing. Honestly, this dish is so simple to prepare, that I suggest picking up all the making for it and enjoying it a few times a week, even if you just make enough for yourself!

Cucumber & Avocado Shrimp-less Cocktail
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/2 chopped fresh cilantro
6 tomato, diced   
8 Hass avocado, diced
5 chile serrano, diced
3 white onions, diced
8 cucumbers, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
64 oz Clamato Tomato Cocktail
Cilantro, avocado, and slices of lime for garnish

My tip for keeping this recipe super light and refreshing is to keep it as fresh as possible. I don't add any ketchup or prepared hot sauce, instead, we are using fresh tomato and adding that kick of spice with fresh chile serranos.

All of the fresh veggies along with Clamato Tomato Cocktail will give us all the flavor we need. Clamato is the authentic tomato cocktail that spices up all your parties and get-togethers. It adds more to your meals, like seafood ceviche, and cocktails, like a classic Michelada.

Instructions: In a very large bowl, combine all of your chopped veggies, lime juice, salt and pepper

Pour Clamato into the container, mix lightly (I try to keep my veggies, especially avocado as whole as possible) and refrigerate for at least an hour, allowing all of the flavors to really mix and mesh together.

As my grandson would say, "Yummy, yummy, in my tummy!"

Probably the most fun for me when preparing this dish is the plating, this is where you can get creative and come up with a really cool way to serve up your cocktail. I picked up a dozen mason jars from Walmart and they made the perfect way to serve up this dish, in a way that really shows off all of those fresh veggies.

Don't forget to top with extra, extra avocado, cilantro and a slice of lime and you are done. Now it's time to convivir and enjoy!

The Lent season is a great time to convivir with loved ones, and I hope my recipe inspires you to get together with those special people in your life and just enjoy good food, good conversation and good times!

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