Guacamole with berries – an easy recipe made with a few fresh, all-natural ingredients.
The classic guacamole tastes great on its own with just onion, lime juice, jalapeno and cilantro. However, the guacamole is so versatile that it tastes equally good when paired with fruits like berries. A vegan and gluten-free recipe, this fresh and easy guacamole can transform even those who hate avocados into ardent fans.
Adding some crunch and punch will make the guacamole recipe interesting, so I threw in some strawberries and blueberries along with cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeno. Voila! I have a deliciously colorful, nutritious guacamole bursting with flavors. This recipe can serve as a dip with veggie sticks, vegetarian or vegan taco filling, or can be eaten with tortilla chips or nachos as a party appetizer!
how to make the best guacamole with berries
Guacamole is all about simplicity, so achieving maximum flavor with minimum ingredients is the key. So try to be very choosy when it comes to the ingredients: avocados, strawberries, blueberries, jalapeno, cilantro and Himalayan black salt.
choosing the best avocados
I have used Hass avocados here. Choose firm avocados that are almost black and ripe enough but not mushy. To ensure this, give a gentle squeeze near the stem. It should yield slightly. If it doesn’t, you will have to wait for a day or two until it does. Store it along with other fruits (not in the refrigerator) so that it ripens quickly.
The secret ingredient of this recipe is the Himalayan black salt, also called pink salt. One of the must-have pantry ingredients, it gives a unique flavor and is also rich in minerals. It complements and enhances the fruity flavor of this recipe. If unavailable, kosher salt or regular salt can be used, but you’ll miss out on the flavor.
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preparing the guacamole
You might be assuming this is the easiest part of the recipe. Yes and no. It depends on a couple of factors like the right texture and how you combine the ingredients – mash the avocados AFTER adding the flavoring ingredients.
- preparing the avocados: Cut the avocados into halves around the pit and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and dice.
- mashing: Add minced jalapenos, cilantro, salt and lime juice to the diced avocados and then mash all ingredients together. This ensures that all flavors are well absorbed into the guacamole.
- texture: Stop mashing when there are still tiny chunks of avocado left if you want an interesting texture. But it is entirely up to you. If you prefer your guacamole smooth, go ahead.
Guacamole serving suggestions
Guacamole with berries can be served as a party appetizer with tortilla chips owing to its colorful festive look.
Or serve it as a dip for veggie sticks for a low-carb option.
Add dollops of guacamole to wraps, burritos, tacos, or your morning toast for that Xtra flavor boost.
What we love about avocados the most is that they can be combined with different fruits and vegetables for interesting recipes and guacamole is the best way to do that. Go wild with variations like:
- All-berry guacamole – add blackberries and raspberries to this recipe.
- Guacamole with pomegranate- replace berries with pomegranate.
- Guacamole with onions and bell peppers.
- Guacamole with onions and sun-dried tomatoes.
Love avocados? Make this easy 3 ingredient mango avocado smoothie in 10 minutes.
health benefits of avocado
- Avocado is high in healthy fats and fiber.
- It is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and vitamin C.
- The avocado consists of 73% water, 15% fat, 8.5% carbohydrates (mostly fibers) and 2% protein.
- Avocado helps in keeping eyes healthy.
- Avocado is an anti-aging powerhouse. It protects the skin from signs of aging and the harmful effects of UV rays.
- Avocado helps in maintaining blood sugar levels, thus aiding weight management, protection from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
- It has antioxidant properties and hence reduces the risk of cancer, liver damage, and Vitamin K deficiency-related bleeding.
- Avocado enhances the absorption of nutrients by the body.
- It helps to increase circulation, boost cognitive abilities, and build stronger bones.
- Avocado contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that helps boost good (HDL) cholesterol and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol.
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Some interesting facts on the avocado
- Avocado is a fruit, which is botanically a large berry containing a single seed.
- There are 160 calories in 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of Avocados.
- It is native to South Central Mexico.
- There are over 500 varieties of avocados in the world.
- The avocado is colloquially known as the alligator pear because of its shape and the leather-like appearance of its skin.
- They have a very long lifespan with some trees in Mexico over 400 years old.
- Avocado trees do not self-pollinate; they need another avocado tree close by to bear fruit.
- The avocado is an Aztec symbol of love and fertility, and they also grow in pairs.
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