Guacamole

Guacamole
Guacamole

 

Guacamole is super-simple to make, and goes with just about every meal you can imagine, so don’t reserve this healthy condiment for Mexican night only!

I’m sharing a basic recipe here, but feel free to dress it up as you wish. I’m no guacamole purist, either. I’ve been known to add a pinch of allspice, cinnamon and a variety of diced roasted veggies to mine. The only rule you must follow is to make it how you love it!

Oh! One more tip: Make your guacamole on a plate instead of in a bowl. I learned this from my friends at California Avocados Direct when I visited their gorgeous avocado ranch a few years ago. Here I am on the ranch with Farmer Ben, expert avocado grower!

picking avos w Ben

Once you mix up your special recipe and spice it just right, get creative with how you use it.

Here are my 5 favorite uses for a freshly made bowl of guac that have nothing to do with tortilla chips!

1. Use it as a sandwich spread instead of mayo for a rich, creamy texture and a bright flavor that complements all sorts of sandwich fillings.

2. Thin guacamole with a bit of liquid (water, unsweetened coconut milk, olive or avocado oil, blood orange vinegar, etc.) for a super flavorful salad dressing.

3. Top your next bowl of chili with a spoonful.

4. Spread guacamole on toasted gluten-free bread and top with a sunny side up egg for a smashing breakfast.

5. Spread on chicken breasts before baking in the oven for a flavorful main dish.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy guacamole?

Here’s my basic recipe.

Guacamole
Author: Gluten Free Gigi
Recipe type: Condiment
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4
This recipe is free from gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, grains, added sugars.
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe avocados, cut in half, pit removed and peeled
  • Juice from 1 lime (Sometimes, I add in a bit of the lime zest, too.)
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium tomato, peeled, seeded, core removed and finely diced
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • Hearty pinch of Maldon sea salt (or other salt of choice)
  • Cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Mash 2 of the avocados onto a plate.
  2. Dice the remaining avocado and add it, lime juice, onion, tomato, jalapeno and salt to the mashed avocado.
  3. Use a large fork to combine ingredients gently.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

I love serving my homemade guacamole in individual bowls to guests so everyone can spoon, scoop and dip as they like. My favorite guac bowls are these small Ruffle bowls from Q Squared NYC, pictured, top.

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As someone with celiac disease and multiple food allergies, Gigi understands how food can harm or heal. Fully restoring her own health with diet alone after a 25-year health struggle, Gigi now uses her own experiences and the skills she gained as a former neuroscience researcher to share practical, easy-to-understand strategies, science-backed nutrition information, immediately useful tips and recipes to make gluten-free living liberating and positive for everyone!