It is usually the case that if you see a bowl of mashed avocado on a table, it's guacamole. And why not? We happen to love guacamole (you can read all about that here). But one of our readers, Tal, does not. She recently told us that she loves avocados but doesn't like guacamole.
Are there any avocado-based dips out there that she could make instead?
We're assuming that Tal doesn't love the classic cilantro, lime, cumin, or maybe garlic flavors that are in guacamole. And yes, there are plenty of ways to mash up avocados without adding those Mexican flavors.
Most of the dips we dug up have either sour cream, yogurt, or mayonnaise added to make the mixture creamy. Some still have lime (which helps prevent the avocado from browning), but you could always substitute lemon juice. If you want a smooth purée, this is probably the way to go; you can add any number of herbs or spices, like a dash of Tabasco or a palmful of chopped parsley or dill.
Another idea would be to highlight the avocado in a chunky salad — that could, if you're really hung up on a dip, be scooped up with pita bread. Think about what flavors you like with your avocado. Dice up other vegetables, add some corn or beans, or stir the avocado up with couscous or quinoa. Salt well and add some kick with scallions.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Chunky White Bean-Avocado Dip from The Food Network (this contains cilantro, but you could easily substitute parsley)
- Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Avocado Dip from The Food Network
- Avocado Goat Cheese Dip from The Food Network
- Simple Avocado Dip from Recipezaar
- California Avocado Pate from the California Avocado Board
- California Avocado Salad Dressing from the California Avocado Board
Or try the combination pictured above: Nigella's Roquemole, from Flickr member daxiang stef, with avocados, Roquefort cheese, scallions, sour cream, and pickled jalapeños.
Related: Mixed Bean and Avocado Salad