One of my absolute favorite fruits would be an Avocado! First and foremost, I enjoy the taste of them, especially when they are ripe. There is this subtle, buttery taste and texture that blends so well with whatever it is paired with. Then there’s the health benefits! Avocado’s have moderate to high doses of vitamins such as potassium, B, C, E, & K as well as being high in the necessary fats our bodies need to function. Being vegan and having to avoid nuts due to food allergies in the home, I appreciate being able to get these fats from sources other than animals or allergens. And on top of that, this alligator pear is quite versitile.
Did you notice that I called an avocado a fruit? No wonder I like it so much! It is actually part of the berry family and once you see it as a fruit, it opens up a whole new world for creativity in the kitchen. You have options for sweet and spicy, from adding avocados into fruit smoothies, blending it with cacao to make pudding, mixing into salads, topping it on breakfast hash or any type of sandwich, or just eating it plain with a dash of salt and pepper. The possibilities are numerous. I especially enjoy avocados in the form of guacamole. I think I could really just live on a big bowl of “GUAC”.
Which brings me to this recipe. Since avocado is a fruit, and I love guacamole, how about making a “Fruity Guac”?
I realized that if I just chopped up and mixed a bunch of fruit, then really it would just be fruit salad. But to make it a guacamole, I needed to at least add onion and cilantro to create a blend using some of the traditional recipe to make this work. So, I pulled ingredients from my favorite guacamole recipe then using the fruit I had on hand, I diced strawberries, defrosted frozen mango and set aside some fresh blueberries to add to the mix.
The final result was amazing! The mango, strawberries and blueberries added color, sweetness and life to the traditional avocado mix. It was rich and creamy, fresh and fruity with just a little kick. Exactly what I was hoping for and craving. And you know what, even my “chips & salsa” loving husband gave this a thumbs up! Big win all around.
Mango Berry Guacamole
Yield 4 C
Entice your pallet with this rich and fruity version of your traditional guacamole.
- 2 large avocados, pitted and chopped
- Juice from 1/2 a lime
- 1/2 red onion, finely diced
- 1 C. fresh or defrosted mango, cubed
- 1 C. blueberries
- 1 C. strawberries, greens removed then diced
- 2-4 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
- Pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
- Chips for serving (optional)
- In a medium bowl, add chopped avocados and drizzle with lime juice.
- In a large bowl, add chopped onion, mango & berries. Fold together gently then add in cilantro and sea salt.
- Add avocado at the end and stir together trying not to mash any of the soft fruits.
Make ahead of time but leave out the avocado until the very end.
Courses Salad, Sides, Appetizer
Do you have a favorite recipe that uses avocado? What creative ways have you used avocado in a recipe?