There are few things in this world more disappointing than a bad guacamole. To be clear, I think it’s pretty tough to even make a bad guacamole. After all, avocados are simply amazing on their own. And turning them into a delicious guacamole really doesn’t take much. A little mashing, a little citrus, and a little spice. Done and done. But we’ve all had that guacamole that is ridiculously pureed and bland and barely even tastes like avocado. Allegedly, some people/places mix sour cream into their mashed avocado… And while I think that practice is OK, some just have the acceptable ratio all wrong.
However, you should know that I’m not at all anti- adding ingredients to guacamole. But I believe that the added ingredients should enhance the avocado; not drown it out. Garlic always works. And in this recipe, I not only added plenty of that, but also a whole bunch of greens in the form of parsley, chives, and kale.
Life is too short for bad guacamole. And I think it should be your New Year’s resolution to eat your greens in the form of guacamole at least once a week. Are you in?
Just a little side note… I’m trying something a little new with my recipes as we move into 2015. While I love going through each post and writing step-by-step instructions on how I create my recipes, I also acknowledge that most people don’t want to scroll through my whole blog post to follow a recipe if they’re actually setting out to make it (which I hope you are!). And I’ve had this super pretty recipe plug-in that makes it easy to view and print every recipe I create. So, while I’ll still go through and describe how I create each recipe, I’m not going to re-list my ingredients (though I’ll often still have my ingredient shots!) and may not share every single detail throughout the post. You’ll still be able to see all that at the end of every post… And easily print it, too. If I find this isn’t working or people hate it, I will most definitely reassess. New year, new you! Er, me.
This guac is super easy to make, but I also have a few kitchen tools that made it even easier! Crisp sent me their Avocado Tool, Herb Mincer, and Straight Paring Knife to use in my recipe creation (and you have a chance to win them at the end of this post!). I’m thrilled to add these pretty kitchen tools to my collection.
The Avocado Tool has everything you need to split, pit, and slice up avocado.
The Straight Paring Knife is perfect for chopping up all that garlic that gives guac its kick.
I like to leave the garlic at a fine chop.
But out go all the tools, I think the Herb Mincer is my favorite. It took me two seconds to finely mince a big bunch of parsley.
And some chives.
I wasn’t sure if it would work… But the Herb Mincer even chopped kale with no problem at all. Hooray!
I put my avocado slices in a bowl, drizzled them with the lime juice and the garlic and mashed them up a bit. I like a chunky guacamole and definitely don’t want it all pureed and smooth.
Then, I mixed in all the herbs and the red pepper flakes. And added in a little salt.
Green, green, and more green!
I served the guacamole with whole grain tortilla chips, which I actually think are sooo much more delicious than the regular white ones. It is quite possible that there’s simply more salt on them. Oh well.
I also add a couple lime slices for garnish. Because a) more green! and b) You may need to squeeze a bit more citrus on top from time to time if you’re planning to leave this out for munching.
I’m 100% serious when I say that I could eat guacamole every day for the rest of my life and be totally happy. It definitely ranks way, way up there as one of my all-time favorite foods.
And I think it’s perfect for that transition from the holidays to the new year, when you’re starting to think about eating cleaner and healthier, but aren’t quite ready to give up on all of the indulgences.
You’ll feel like you’re still very much pigging out. But you’ll also be getting all kinds of healthy fats. And parsley and lime juice are great ways to fight off an impending cold. Plus, this guacamole has kale in it. And kale obviously equals health, right??
Garlicky Green Guacamole. Also known as happiness in a bowl.
Want to make your own Garlicky Green Guacamole the super easy way? I’m giving away each of the Crisp tools you see in this post: the Avocado Tool, Herb Mincer, and Straight Paring Knife. All you have to do is comment on this post letting me know:
Do you like your guacamole smooth or chunky?
Also… Can we come up with a better word for chunky, please?
Comment by Friday, January 2, at 11:59 p.m. for a chance to win!
That reminds me… I didn’t announce the winner from my last Crisp giveaway! So let’s do that now 🙂 Congratulations to Lauren who said, “I would cut ALL THE THINGS for baby Jude!” I’ll email you ASAP!
Garlicky Green Guacamole
- 4 avocados
- 2 T freshly squeezed lime juice plus lime slices for garnish
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
- 3/4 C parsley leaves minced
- 10 chives minced
- 2 C kale leaves minced
- 1 t red pepper flakes
- Salt to taste
- Tortilla chips for serving
- Slice avocados in half, remove pits, and scoop flesh into a large bowl.
- Drizzle lime juice and chopped garlic over avocado.
- Using a potato masher, gently mash avocado until it's at your desired consistency.
- Stir minced parsley, chives, kale leaves, and red pepper flakes into the bowl.
- Add salt to taste.
- Serve with tortilla chips and lime slices as garnish.
Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Crisp, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own!