If you know me at all, you know I’m a little avocado insane. Not only do they make an appearance in at least one meal a day over here, but I even have an avocado pillow on my bed, avocado tea towels – the works.
But come on, if you don’t love avocado, there’s just something wrong. It adds creamy decadence to just about anything in the most nutritious way possible.
For my fellow avocado fiends, be sure to check out my Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa & Cilantro Avocado Sauce and Spring Veggie & Shrimp Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce. Plus, don’t be afraid to throw some avo into sweet recipes like my Matcha Green Goddess Smoothie or Avocado Chocolate Truffles! It creates an amazing, creamy texture without altering the taste.
Not only are they delicious and versatile, but avocados also contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals and provide tons of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. These fats are linked to improvements in heart health, reduction in inflammation and strengthened genes in order to ward off cancer.
Plus, the fat in avocados is necessary for the body to be able to absorb the nutrients in other plant foods like fruits and vegetables. This powerful ingredient is also filled with digestive-boosting fiber, can lower cholesterol levels, protect your eyes and might help maintain a healthy weight.
But when most of us think of avocado, our brains likely go immediately to guacamole rather than to the incredible health benefits. And for good reason…it’s amazing! But in this particular recipe, I decided to take guac to the next level with a little additional green apple for crunch, flavor and subtle sweetness.
One of my favorite restaurants in Austin, Fresa’s Chicken Al Carbon, makes a delicious green apple guacamole, so I can’t really take all of the credit for this idea. Be sure to check them out in my Austin Restaurants That Make Clean Eating a Treat post if you’re in the area and looking for a healthy Mexican meal!
Personally, I find guac to be one of those dishes that should really be tailored to one’s taste. You can adjust the amount of spice, tartness and seasoning you enjoy based on how you like it – we’re all different, so feel free to experiment. I know not everyone is as crazy about sour and spice as I am .
If you’re looking for meals to accompany this easy, flavorful guacamole, take a peek at all of my go-to Mexican-inspired recipes which I’ve compiled in my Recipe Round Up: Cinco de Mayo Celebration post. It makes the perfect appetizer alongside a margarita or topping to take any meal to the next level.
I hope y’all whip this up for your next get-together, date night or just whenever you’re looking for a little fiesta. Enjoy!
- 3 ripe avocados
- ¾ of a granny smith apple, diced
- 1/2 - 1 jalapeño, minced (depending on size & desired level of spice)
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup red onion
- juice of 2-3 limes
- salt & pepper to taste
- tortilla chips or crudité for dipping
Adjust seasonings and spices to taste.
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