Guacamole is one of my favorite things to eat, especially when friends are coming over. It’s so easy to make and everyone will taste the difference when you make it fresh. In my guacamole every ingredient is fresh, including the garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeño.
First I cut up the avocado into 1/2″ – 1″cubes and place them into a medium bowl, do not mash the avocados. Then I add the lime juice and using a large spoon mix until all the avocado has been coated with lime. Then I continue adding each ingredient one at a time and mixing well between each. If you have good ripe avocados they will start to break down on their own every time you mix. I like for everything to be left a little chunky so you can see and taste all the different ingredients. It’ll taste great right away, but it gets better if it can sit in the refrigerator for about an hour before you serve.
Guacamole isn’t just for chips. Try dipping bell peppers, using is as a spread on a wrap or sandwich and on top of a salad. You can also use leftover guacamole to make your own salad dressing. Just mix the leftovers with a little vinegar (I usually use apple cider) and a little water in a food processor. Or you could mix it with some real mayo or vegan mayo for a veggie dip.
Avocados have lots of nutritional benefits:
- Half of an avocado provides 5 grams of fiber, and a good amount of potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.
- Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.
- They enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
- Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
- Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.
- 3 ripe avocados, skin and pit removed and diced into 1″ cubes
- Juice of one lime
- 1 roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, stems removed and chopped
- 1 tsp of sea salt, more to taste
- Add the avocados to a large bowl – do not mash.
- Then add the juice of one lime and mix until all the avocado is coated.
- Add each ingredient one by one, mixing between each.
- Serve immediately or set in refrigerator for one hour before serving.
- Great with chips, on top of salads and quesadillas, or as a spread on wraps and sandwiches.