This allergy-friendly guacamole recipe has no nightshades like red pepper or tomatoes, but it still has a spicy kick which makes is the perfect party appetizer that everyone can enjoy. It contains my secret Tex-Mex trick for adding creaminess, which also serves to keep the avocado from browning during the festivities. Serve it rustically in chunky form or blend it into creamy perfection. I can be served with any variety of veggies, chips, or even as a sauce for a meal. Think beyond taco pairings, and embrace it as dressing for your veggies. The heart-healthy avocados make this a guilt-free food, even though it tastes like a special treat, so enjoy!
- 3 large avocados (add more if using small ones)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice (or lime juice)
- 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened coconut yogurt (or use plain yogurt, or mayonnaise, or veganaise)
- 1 diced leek (or use onion or spring onions)
- 2 teaspoons dried cilantro (add more if using fresh)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground black peppercorns
- 1½ teaspoons sea salt (or no salt seasoning)
- Dipping Foods: veggies for crudité or chips (pictured are pomegranate potato chips)
First, gather all your ingredients. Using bottled citrus juice is perfectly acceptable, just make sure that it is pure juice and not the fake variety… or else your guacamole will brown. I’ve used Haas avocados for this recipe. Ensure that they’re ripe by gently squeezing the outside. If they give in a bit, then they’re ready to eat. If not, then store them on the counter until they are.
Wash the outside of the leeks, cut off the excess green tops, and then slice them in half. Wash the insides of the two halves, and then dice them. (I really like the flavor leeks add to the mixture, and they won’t make you cry!)
Mix all of the herbs into the lemon juice to allow them time to soften while preparing the avocados. Adding yogurt or mayo is the secret Tex-Mex trick to making smooth and creamy guacamole. Both this and the lemon juice will keep the guacamole a lovely shade of green during your party.
Wash the outsides of the avocados before cutting into them to avoid transferring bacteria. Whack the avocado seed with a knife, then twist it a half turn to remove it. Slice a grid pattern into the green flesh. Use a spoon to scoop out it out, or just squeeze the rind to squish it into the bowl.
Mash and mix everything together. I use the back of a serving spoon to smash the avocado against the side of the bowl. You can serve it in a bowl rustically like this…
…or you can use a blender to smooth the guacamole into a perfect concoction. (Find a powerful one at Le fidèLe Design’s affiliate Blendtec at the link in the side bar.) Made in this way, there are no chunks of leeks or clumps of herbs, but all of the flavors are equally distributed. (I grew up making traditional guacamole with a molcajete, but I used an immersion blender here… which I admit is much faster and easier.)
Spoon the spicy guac into shot glasses or individual serving cups.
Add any variety of veggies or chips, from matchstick cut carrots (for Easter) to Fritos (for Cinco de Mayo).
On this day, I used pink pomegranate potato chips from Simply 7 to coordinate with my Candyland party theme. They are so yummy by themselves, but are really amazing when combined with the spiciness of the guacamole.
The little avocado shooters fit perfectly into the treat towers I crafted to match my theme. (I’ll be posting the tutorial on this very soon.)
You can also serve my Heartbeats Veggie Chips made from beet root with the guacamole, or try the Lettuce Turnip the Beet Dip I made to accompany it. It is a pink savory herbed avocado dip that I made for Valentine’s.