This healthy guacamole recipe is my all-time favorite. It is made out of fresh, healthy and minimum of ingredients. It is very easy recipe and everyone can do this guacamole at home. You will need ripe avocados, cherry tomatoes, purple onion, garlic, lime, fresh cilantro and coarse salt.
What is guacamole dip and how to make it
Guacamole dip originates from MEXICO, and it is traditionally made out of mashed avocados and simple sea salt. By adding lime juice, tomatoes and other ingredients, it makes this Mexican dip much more flavorful and tastier. Try to make this healthy guacamole recipe for the next party or as snacking idea for Saturday afternoon.
How to make healthy guacamole dip
The process of making guacamole is fairly simple. First, and the most important ingredient, is ripe avocado.
How to recognize the ripe avocado
To see which avocado is ready to be used, will depend on it’s color and texture. Ripe avocado will have deep brown/green colored skin, almost black, when ready to use. On touch, avocado has to be slightly soft, but not too mushy. If an avocado has green skin and is hard to touch, it means it’s not ripe and not ready to use. When avocado is not ripe, the taste is watery, and its flesh is hard.
Why is better to buy your avocado green and hard
I always prefer to buy avocados green and hard (not ripe) and let them ripe at home. The reason why, is that most of the time avocados sold in grocery stores are not ripe anyways and if they are, it’s overripe. If you buy overripe avocado, flesh is brownish and stinky smell will guide you to throw the avocado in the garbage.
How to ripen avocado faster
To ripen avocado faster, place the avocado(s) inside the fruit basket for 1 or 2 days. Once the color of avocado will change to deep green/brown and is soft to touch, it means it’s ready to be used.
What Ingredients are needed for healthy guacamole recipe
To make the best and healthy guacamole recipe, you need few fresh ingredients:
- Avocado make sure to use ripe avocado with brown and soft to touch skin.
- Onion most will use classic yellow onion, but try it with purple one, it gives better and sweeter taste.
- Cherry tomatoes again cherry tomatoes are sweeter than classic tomatoes, it brings better taste in my opinion to the guacamole dip.
- Garlic might not be the most used ingredient in guacamole dip, but it makes it so much better.
- Lime is a must, the freshness and flavor of lime brings you Mexico on the plate. If you don’t have lime, use lemon, but it just won’t be the same.
- Cilantro some people hate cilantro. I love cilantro, so more cilantro, more flavor. If you don’t like cilantro, don’t add it to the guacamole dip and use parsley instead, but add it slowly, not to over beat the flavor of avocado.
- Salt coarse salt or spicy salt is excellent kicker in guacamole
How to cut the avocado and remove the pit
Wash the avocado first. With chef’s knife, cut the avocado lengthwise and with your hands slightly twist and pull the avocado apart. Place the avocado (with the pit) on the cutting board and carefully whack the knife into the pit, then twist the knife and lift the pit out. Simple right?
Once the pit is removed, take a spoon and remove all the avocado flesh inside the kitchen bowl. Mash the avocado with fork, leaving little chunks of avocado. Add promptly finely chopped onion, cherry tomatoes, crushed garlic, juice from 2 limes, salt and finely chopped cilantro. Stir it all in to combine. Taste, if needed add more salt. Serve with tortilla chips.
What to serve with healthy guacamole dip
- Corn tortilla chips Those purple tortilla chips on the picture are made from volcanic stone ground corn.
- Carrots are a healthier and sweeter alternative.
- Cucumbers are perfect to crunch with guacamole dip.
- Celery stalks are lower key in taste, but very healthy to use as guacamole dipper.
- Sourdough bread is excellent for guacamole dip, just spread the dip over the sourdough bread add some sunflower seeds and enjoy it.
Very important: Serve the guacamole dip at room temperature. Refrigerated guacamole has less flavor, so make sure to bring the guacamole dip to room temperature before serving it.
How to store the guacamole DIP
For the leftovers of guacamole dip: the Best way to store guacamole dip is in the refrigerator and that for up to three days max, always in airtight container. Unfortunately, avocado, like other fruit, does oxidize and start to change its color overtime. But I do have a great tip for you how to preserve its color. Read here below.
How to prevent browning of avocado dip, transfer the rest of the guacamole dip, inside a small airtight container and squeeze fresh lime or lemon juice all over it. Place plastic food wrap on the dip and push down with your fingers, so the plastic wrap touches the dip. Make sure there are no air bubbles in between the dip and the plastic wrap. Close with the lid
Other ways of using AVOCADO
Guacamole is mostly used as a dip/appetizer and served with tortilla chips on parties. But it can be also used in various Mexican recipes, such a topping for nachos, tacos or inside the burritos.
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BEST GUACAMOLE EVER
- 4 medium ripe avocados
- 1 medium purple onion finely chopped
- 15-20 cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 medium limes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
- Wash and cut in half all 4 avocados (lengthwise). Place the avocado with the pit on the cutting board and carefully whack the knife into the pit, then twist and lift it out.
- Using a spoon, scope out all the avocado flesh into a medium kitchen bowl. Mash up the avocado with a fork, but don't over mash it. Leave a few chunks of avocado, to keep a texture.
- Add finely chopped onion and cherry tomatoes, crushed garlic, juice of 2 limes, salt and finely chopped cilantro. Stir it all to combine.
- Taste the guacamole and season more with salt, if needed or add more lime juice, if the texture is too thick.
- Make sure avocados are ripe and ready to be used.
- You can use white spanish onion, if you like sweeter taste of onion. Purple onion little stronger in taste, then spanish white onion. But I like that little kick.
- If you like to use jalapeño, choose small size, remove the seeds and finely chop.
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