Avocado Zucchini Guacamole
Chef Owen May and Dr. Michelle May
Shhhh! This guacamole is half zucchini so it is much lighter than the usual kind. Cooked, mashed zucchini has a texture similar to avocado so if you don’t tell, no one will ever know. It’s great with our Fiesta Night Fajitas.
Guacamole can be a simple or complex as you like. Start with the basic ingredients: avocado, lime, and salt. Boost the flavor and texture with garlic powder, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, and, in this recipe, cooked zucchini.
How to Cut an Avocado
Cut into the avocado until you reach the pit then rotate the knife around the pit 360 degrees. Twist the two halves of avocado in opposite directions to separate them. Remove the pit by tapping it with a sharp knife and twist it to pull it out.
There a lot of ways to remove the flesh depending on what you are using it for and how ripe the avocado is:
Mashed: Good for guacamole. Scoop the avocado flesh out with a spoon
Diced: Good for salsas, salads, and toppings. Cut diagonal cross hatches down to the peel then carefully scoop out the diced avocado
Slices: Good for salads and sandwiches. Cut each half into quarters and peel the skin off.
Avocado is a healthy, unsaturated fat, but it’s still a fat, so if you love guacamole like we do, you’ll love this version with a little vegetable boost!
1 medium avocado
1 medium zucchini
2 tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped
Lime juice, freshly squeezed from half of a lime
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 small tomato, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup of onion, finely diced (optional)
Salt to taste
- Dice zucchini, place into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
- Remove zucchini from microwave and wrap in cheese cloth and squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible. (A paper towel or clean dish towel can be used instead.) Be careful! zucchini will be hot. Allow it to cool.
- Mash avocado with a fork (see Chef’s Notes).
- Add the cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, and salt to taste.
- Add zucchini and, if using, tomatoes and onion. Stir to combine.
- Serve with tortilla chips or use as a garnish on tacos, fajitas, or salad.
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