Classic Guacamole with a Few Twists

Guacamole can be as simple or elaborate as you like – in its most basic form it consists of avocados, garlic, lime and salt. But with a little creativity, you can add any number of ingredients to dress it up. If you’re not serving it right away, placing plastic wrap directly on the surface will keep it from turning brown for a while longer.


3 ripe avocados
1 garlic clove, finely crushed or grated
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
juice of 1 lime, or to taste
¼ teaspoon salt

Optional Additions:
1-2 Roma tomatoes, finely diced, and 1/4 cup purple onion, finely chopped
a squeeze of orange juice and 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
a pinch of cumin and 1 minced jalapeño or Serrano chile
a head of roasted garlic, squeezed out of its skin
1 mango, finely diced, 1/4 cup purple onion, finely chopped, and extra cilantro

Per ¼ cup (without additions): 86 calories, 7 g fat, (1.1 g saturated fat, 5 g monounsaturated fat, 0.9 g polyunsaturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 4.8 g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, 3.5 g fiber.


Halve and pit the avocados, and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Add the garlic, cilantro, lime and salt and mash with a fork until it’s well-blended, and as smooth or chunky as you like. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Serve immediately, or cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let sit until you’re ready to dig in.

Makes about 2 cups.