It’s nearly summertime, which means guacamole season is going to be up and running at full steam. I’m not upset about this in the slightest.
Just think about all the cook-outs at friends’ houses in your future. All the outdoor dining on restaurant patios and porches and sidewalks. The beachside snacks. Yep — summer is where it’s at.
Because guac is at the top of my list when it comes to summertime snacks, I thought I’d try to mix things up a bit and round up a few new takes on the dip to share with you guys. (Note: I haven’t tried most of these recipes myself, but they all sound amazing.)
- Strawberry Goat Cheese Guacamole. My friend Micheal suggested adding goat cheese to guac to me, and I thought it was a genius idea. And incorporating strawberries, too, for some added brightness? Yes. Yes, please.
- Guac-kale-mole. Guac with kale incorporated? Sounds good to me! Apparently, this recipe doesn’t change up the flavor of the guac so much as it gives you a way to sneak in some extra veggies. (You can do a similar thing with quinoa, too.)
- Grilled Guacamole with Parmesan and Basil. I’m a firm believer that just about anything is good on the grill (peaches, romaine, pound cake, etc.), and so why should guac be any exception? I like the incorporation of non-traditional guacamole flavors with the parmesan and basil, too.
- Chipotle-Orange Guacamole with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. I always trust a Serious Eats recommendation. This one sounds especially solid.
- Grapefruit Guacamole. I’m not a big fan of grapefruit on its own (unlike Kevin, who routinely buys them and peels and eats them like oranges), but grapefruit as an ingredient usually gets two thumbs up from me. (One of my favorite summertime beers is Shiner’s Ruby Redbird, made with grapefruit, and this grapefruit pound cake is divine.) All that to say, I’d love to give this grapefruit guac a try.
- Roasted Garlic and Pickled Jalapeño Guacamole. All the yes.
- Smashed Pea Guacamole with Cilantro, Ginger, and Lime. Don’t worry — this version of guac still includes avocados, but mixes things up a bit by adding peas (look away, Micheal!) and ginger.
What are some of your go-to guac recipes?