What feels more like summer than guacamole? I mean, the creamy avocado, the tang of the lime, the rich cumin, and the fresh tomato. It’s one of my favourite things. So, for a taste of summer whether it’s early February and snowing, or sweltering in August, make this two-minute snack.
This is great on a sandwich or wrap, but my favourite is with some crispy tortilla chips (not too much salt).
Since I can throw this together in literally two minutes, I make it for a snack after work, an easy appetizer, or any time I can manage to keep a fresh avocado in the house without eating it.
Update on the puppies before we get down to it: Charlie and Phoebe both started puppy class on Saturday! There are ten puppies in the class, and it’s hilarious to see them all interact. One maltese was being an asshole and growled at Phoebe, so she was a little shyer than usual at first, but she warmed up and she was pretty down by the end. Charlie, naturally, was everybody’s best friend. They both caught on quickly to everything we did. So far we have “sit” down pat, and “look” is coming along nicely. Phoebe gets “lie down” most of the time, but the leash walking and “come” are still a no go.
It was finally warm enough to take Phoebe for a bit of a walk today. We made it about a block before she wanted to go back, but there was no shivering with her puffy purple jacket on, and she seemed interested in all the new smells. She even made it down the stairs, so I’m pretty proud of her. To help Charlie adjust to being alone in his pen sometimes (we’re keeping them separate quite a bit for the first year to avoid littermate syndrome), I realized today that women’s voices soothe him. So he’s been listening to mindfulness meditation recordings! He doesn’t like John Kabat-Zinn (the man thing), but he likes anything where a woman is talking. It’s pretty hilarious. I think I’m going to pick up some books on tape for him, so he might end up being more well read than Craig or I. We’ll phase it out eventually, but for now it’s just nice that he’s not crying whenever we leave him alone for a minute.
So, back to the recipe. I actually made this a couple of weeks ago, but the pups have literally taken over my life. I think it’ll calm down when they’re more settled and when they’re housetrained, but for now I only get anything else done when they nap, and that’s not nearly often enough!
2 large ripe avocados
1/2 cup salsa
1 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne (optional – if your salsa is spicy you might not want this)
Scoop out the avocado into a bowl. Dump the other ingredients in, and then mash it up roughly with a fork. It’s so easy, and so delicious.
I know this isn’t traditional – adding the salsa is a bit of a time-saving cheat, but it’s so good that I promise no one will care. Now, all you have to do is try not to eat it all in one sitting. Good luck with that.
- ½ tsp cayenne (or less, if you don’t like spice or your salsa is already pretty spicy)
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ cup salsa
- 2 large ripe avocados
- 1 lime, juiced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Scoop the avocados out into a bowl.
- Add the other ingredients.
- Mash roughly with a fork.
- Spread it on wraps or sandwiches, or just scoop it up with crispy tortilla chips.