Guacamole is a fresh and delicious way to enjoy the bounty of nutrients and healthy fats avocados have to offer. And the simple blend of avocado, other vegetables, and herbs leaves lots of room for interpretation and exploration. After preparing the classic version below, get creative and add a variety of unique ingredients.
Traditional Guacamole: This recipe is approximate, meaning adjust all ingredients to suit your taste preferences. Combine in a bowl 2 cups mashed or diced fresh avocados, 1/2 cup diced tomato, 1/4 cup diced white onion, 1 minced fresh jalapeño, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, 1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 teaspoon grated fresh garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
Start the following recipes with the recipe above and add or remove ingredients as suggested below.
Mango with Pepitas: Fold in 1/2 cup diced fresh mango; top the guacamole with roasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) just before serving.
Pickled Jalapeno & Green Chile: Fold in diced pickled jalapeños, diced green chiles and a little ground cumin.
Sundried Tomato & Cotija Cheese: Instead of fresh tomato, add diced, oil-packed (and drained) sundried tomatoes; top the guacamole with shredded cotija or Monterey jack cheese just before serving.
Pomegranate Juice & Seeds: Instead of lime juice, add pomegranate juice; top the guacamole with fresh pomegranate seeds just before serving.
Guacamole & White Bean Dip: Fold in 1 cup rinsed and drained Great Northern or cannellini beans; top the guacamole with tortilla strips just before serving.
Cranberry-Almond: Instead of lime juice, add cranberry juice; fold in 1/4 cup dried cranberries; top the guacamole with toasted slivered almonds just before serving.
Robin Miller is a nutritionist, host of Quick Fix Meals, author of “Robin Rescues Dinner” and the busy mom of two active little boys. Her boys and great food are her passion. Check her out at www.robinrescuesdinner.com.