1 head romaine lettuce, leaves separated and rinsed thoroughly, patted dry, then finely shredded
1/4 cup fresh minced cilantro
3 large tomatoes, diced
2 large ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, then diced
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon (or lime) juice
3 dashes hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Last Minute Add-in:
Several handfuls of corn chips or corn tortilla chips, very coarsely broken
Shortly before serving, in a large bowl, lightly toss together all of the ingredients, EXCEPT corn or tortilla chips.
Just before serving, toss in the corn or tortilla chips.