Yesterday, the sun was out! I live in the Pacific Northwest and we have had one of the gloomiest seven months that I can remember. It’s been sunless in Seattle! Lots of grey skies and rain since October. Everyone I know has been talking about needing some sunshine and finally today, we got it!! It was glorious!I wanted to make something that was fitting for a sunny day. My eye spied some ripe avocados on the counter and I instantly thought mmmm…guacamole! Guacamole goes perfectly with a sunny day. Actually, guacamole goes perfectly with any day.
I have a friend who makes fabulous guacamole and one day I will feature her guacamole recipe but yesterday I didn’t want to make an intensive guacamole recipe with lots of chopping and dicing ingredients so I concocted this Simple Guacamole recipe instead. As I was making this recipe, I was inspired by times I’ve ordered guacamole at a restaurant and the waiter makes it table side. It’s always so good that I usually eat way too many chips with guacamole and then I’m too full to eat the dinner I ordered. I used the basic ingredients for making guacamole, just like the waiters I’ve watched make it: some perfectly ripe avocados, limes, cilantro and salt. For this Simple Guacamole recipe, I added some red onions because I really like onions. Leave them out if you’re not a fan.
This is such an easy recipe. You only have to do a little bit of slicing, dicing and mashing and you’ll have delicious Simple Guacamole in about 15 minutes! Easy peasy!
A note about avocados: if you have great avocados, you really don’t need a lot of other ingredients in your guacamole. There is nothing worse than thinking you bought the best avocados only to find them brown and mushy inside when you cut into them. To ensure you have a perfectly ripe avocado, gently hold the avocado in your hand and lightly squeeze. If the avocado yields to gentle pressure, that’s a good sign. Also, check the stem of the avocado. If the stem comes off easily and there’s green underneath, the avocado is ripe. If there is brown underneath the steam, the avocado is overripe. If the stem does not come off easily, the avocado is not ripe enough.
Try this Simple Guacamole with tortilla chips, on toast with an egg, on a burger or sandwich. I hope you like it as much as I do! Enjoy amigos!!
- 3 large avocados
- Juice of 2 limes
- 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro leaves
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
- Salt to taste
Scoop out the flesh of the avocados and chop into pieces. Add avocado to a mixing bowl.
Cut the limes in half and squirt all the juice of the limes over the chopped avocados pieces. This will keep them from turning brown while chopping the rest of the ingredients.
Take the leaves off the stems from handful of cilantro. Chop until you have about two tablespoons of cilantro. Throw the cilantro into the mixing bowl with the avocado and lime.
Dice about 1/3 of a red onion until you have about two tablespoons. You may have to dice more or less of the red onion depending on how big your onion is. Once diced, throw into the bowl with the avocado mixture.
Grab a potato masher or use a fork to mash and stir all of the ingredients together. Add salt to taste.