Guacamole

After over 20 years of hating avocado, it seems I now can’t get enough of it! After enjoying shop bought guacamole as a healthier alternative to a super creamy cheese and chive dip I was aghast when I found out it is full of super unhealthy ingredients! Thus began the trials to make a super tasty version myself without the unnecessary added fat.

My first attempts involved quite simply an avocado, lime juice and coriander mashed together with the back of a fork. It was nice, and it was fresh, but it didn’t have the creamy texture required for a good dip and it was definitely lacking in the flavour that I now worried was created by artificial additives.

However, after many experimentations with ingredients and techniques I have now managed to hone what I believe is the perfect guacamole. I also appreciate that everyone has different tastes so it might not be to your liking – so I would recommend you adapt it as you see fit until you find your own favourite. The following recipe makes a bowl ideal for sharing as a dip between 2-3 people, but obviously it depends on how hungry you are and what else you have on the table! I often double up if I am using it as part of a meal just to make sure we don’t run out – that would be a travesty.

Ingredients

  • One ripe avocado
  • Small handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • Half a lime, squeezed and the rind grated
  • The end of a red chilli (I don’t like it too spicy)
  • 1-2 spring onions
  • One tomato (or a few cherry tomatoes)
  • A good grind of salt and pepper

Method

To get the creamier consisting you have to be able to blend this in some way, but if you like a chunkier texture then the fork method will work fine – you just want to make sure you hand chop the other ingredients nice and small.

I dice the avocado, tomato, spring onion and coriander roughly, then chop the chilli finely just in case it doesn’t blend as I don’t like the surprise of a large chunk. All of this goes into the mini insert I have for my food mixer which is perfect for smaller quantities. You could use a hand blender instead. Grate and squeeze in the lime, and add the salt and pepper. Blend the mixture until you are happy with the consistency and always taste before spooning out to make sure you are happy with the seasoning!

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I like to enjoy the guacamole as it is for a healthy snack- with raw carrot and salty tortilla chips for dipping. It can also be so versatile – layer on toast under your poached egg for a twist to your breakfast, or add to your burger for an alternative to the standard mayo and ketchup. Yum!

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