Classic Choosing Raw Guacamole

by Gena on May 24, 2009

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Greetings, everyone!

Hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend. I’m catching up on some work, some housekeeping, and some time with friends, but to kick off the first official weekend of the summer, I wanted to share what is undoubtedly my favorite summertime lunch!

The recipe could not be more simple: whip up a batch of guacamole, and serve it however you want. You can eat it with crudites, in lettuce wraps (butter lettuce and romaine leaves are great for this), or scooped atop a giant salad. This meal is quick exit and perfectly combined, so it’s ideal for lunch, yet filling enough for a light dinner.

Best of all, if you double or triple the guacamole, this is a wonderful recipe to entertain with. I love having friends over, putting out a huge platter of butter and romaine leaves, crudites, and guacamole, and letting my guests assemble wraps.

I like my guacamole tart and sweet, and without red onion, natch. But I suppose the onion could be added if you like a more traditional flavor :) Here’s my version:

Guacamole (serves 1 or 2 — I usually devour the whole recipe!)

1 avocado, pitted and chopped
1/4 red pepper, finely diced
Handful cherry tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1/2 cup cilantro, packed and chopped
1/2 packet stevia, or a few drops (you could also use agave or honey)
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Begin my mashing the avocado and lemon or lime juice with a fork, till it’s mushy but not entirely without texture. Add the rest of your ingredients and mix again. Voila!

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Stuff this into butter leaves for wraps:

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Or simply serve it alongside your salad or veggies.

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I sometimes add a batch of this recipe to a big bowl of greens and mix it all up as a salad.

I hope you’ll all try this light, quick, and delicious–not to mention colorful–recipe as the weather gets warmer! If you do, let me know how you like it.

Enjoy your Sundays, friends.

xo

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FoodsThatFit May 24, 2009 at 9:38 am

Goodness Gena! EVERY single recipe you post, I end up printing out. When are you going to write your own “uncook”book? I am going to try this recipe for sure!

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Gena May 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Aw, thanks, Abbie!

If I were to publish a book, this would be one of the star recipes. I love it so much.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

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Pearl May 24, 2009 at 10:26 am

yum love all the recipes!

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Shelby May 24, 2009 at 10:39 am

Every single recipe you make looks phenomenal! I’m totally using this idea for the next raw wednesday =)

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Gena May 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Yay! Hope you love it, Shelby :)

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 at 11:57 am

Lovely guacamole. I have never heard of adding any kind of sugar to guacamole before.

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dreamin'itvegan May 24, 2009 at 11:58 am

whoops! I am the anonymous commenter previously. Carelessly clicked submit before finishing.

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Gena May 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thanks so much! I love this recipe.

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melissa May 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm

looks divine! it is similiar to the great dish I have at Caravan, the equador

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Gena May 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Gotta try that at Caravan soon…

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K May 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Guacamole in a lettuce wrap sounds so refreshing! I’m going to have to try that one of these days.

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Katherine May 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm

The sounds like the perfect meal for a warm day – do you find the avocado starts to brown very quickly? Or do you think this is something I could make in the morning and take to work for a nice lunch in Central Park? :)

Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend!

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Gena May 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I think it would be fine, Katherine! There’s plenty of citrus in it, and the acid will keep it fresh for at least a while. Let me know if you try it :)

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Justine May 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm

yum that looks so good :) you really should make an “un-cookbook”

also, I was wondering what you think about products like this:

http://www.turtlemountain.com/products/coconut_yogurt.html

Do you think this is healthy or is it too processed? I’m guessing it’s better to just eat whole foods as they are, plus it has a lot of added sugar

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LK- Healthy Delcious May 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm

oooh, I love guacamole like this! I make mine with extra lime and no sweetener.

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elise May 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm

deeeeeeeeeelish avocado action!

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Cecilia May 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm

its amazing that your recipes still continue to tempt me … even in winter months. I agree that you should publish a uncookbook of your own – what i love about your recipe is that it is for everyday use – ie not all nut/dried fruit/seed based. :D

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Gena May 25, 2009 at 6:07 am

Thank you so much, Cecilia!

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Suzanne May 24, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Thanks for this! We love avocado and this is a must try recipe! :-)

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Gena May 25, 2009 at 6:06 am

It’s REALLY tasty, Suzanne! Enjoy it.

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Amber May 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm

oh my that looks amazing!

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Gena May 25, 2009 at 6:06 am

Thanks Amber!

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Graito May 24, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Hi, nice posts there :-) thank’s exchange for the intriguing advice

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vegancowgirl May 25, 2009 at 2:23 am

I heart guac so much – it is always nice to have a new recipe to try. A little twist can make such a difference!

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Gena May 25, 2009 at 6:06 am

It’s true! I love the slightly sweet twist. Enjoy!

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lauren May 25, 2009 at 6:48 am

I love guacamole! Thanks for the recipe!

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Michelle @ Find Your Balance May 25, 2009 at 7:08 am

Mmmm can’t beat guac! I always forget to make this. So yummy!

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Diana (Soap & Chocolate) May 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Your guac looks lovely – I would omit red onion too! I can’t stand onion/garlic flavor when it lingers, which is unfortunately usually when consumed raw. I actually had my first raw entree today so of course I thought of you. There’s a new-ish spot called Adelina on 17th between Park Ave South and Irving, and they have both raw and vegetarian menus. I had spiralized zucchini spaghetti primavera with a cashew cream sauce, something I’m sure you’ve had many versions of. It was really bland, so as someone who’s new to the raw way of eating but “rawcurious”, I’m wondering if that tends to always be how this dish tastes or if it just wasn’t prepared in an exciting way. Have you been to Adelina yet? I’m jealous of your blogger lunch at Caravan of Dreams – I’m so bummed I couldn’t make it, but that restaurant is on my list of “to-try” restaurants now for sure!

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Gena May 25, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Hey D!

I have a recipe for this in my recipe tab (which is under construction). It *should* be unbelievably tasty! So don’t be fooled. I’ve been to Adelina and think it’s cute, but definitely sounds as though they didn’t hit a home run with that dish.

G

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Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) May 25, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Gena,
So excited you got to meet Gina. I just love her, and I can’t wait for her friend Megan to start her own raw food blog!

Your guac plate looks amazing. I love my guac and bit chunky, but I’ve never sweetened it. I’ll have to try that…perhaps this Wednesday? :)

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Gena May 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Yay! I hope you try it, Heather!! And that you had a great weekend.

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rhodeygirl May 25, 2009 at 2:37 pm

yummmmmm i LOVE avocado! what a simple and tasty meal!

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Gena May 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Thanks, Chica!

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VeggieGirl May 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Refreshing, nourishing, and delectable. Perfection.

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brookesballbuster May 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I appreciate so much that you don’t apologize for not serving meat or animal products. Your confidence in your decisions is so refreshing!

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Gena May 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Thanks so much, Brooke! I hope it’s inspiring :)

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Katie May 25, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Nothing beats homemade guac. Can’t wait to try it out!

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Jenna May 26, 2009 at 6:01 am

Guac is my absolute favorite thing to eat!! Its so simple to make and the flavors are nothing short of amazing! Thanks for another recipe to add to my collection. I think your idea of adding a bit of sweetness is great! I’ll have to try it!

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brandi May 26, 2009 at 10:58 am

OOh, I love guacamole and I have a few avocados just waiting to be used :) what a great summer lunch!

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Erin May 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

What a delicious lunch! I’ll have to try that, um, tomorrow! :D

So glad I found your blog!

-Erin @ “Vegan & the City”

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Gena May 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Love your blog, Erin! Thanks for reading!!

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The Healthy Apple May 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Gena, This is one of my favorite snacks…I love the guac wraps and just had them this past weekend down at the shore! I’m so glad to hear this is one of your favorites, as well…
Have a great day.

Best,

The Healthy Apple

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Kristen's Raw May 26, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Sounds absolutely fabulous! As usual :)

Cheers and hugs,
Kristen

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Delaney May 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

Thank you so much for writing the article on the avocado and other raw fats. I don’t have the mainstream SAD fear of fat but more the fruitarian’s fear. I have been eating them daily (even two) and have not felt bad or gained weight. Thanks!

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Betherann May 28, 2009 at 12:24 pm

YUM! I’m definitely going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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Kath June 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Yummy!

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Gena June 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm

SO yummy! (Hey K :))

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Happy Herbivore July 23, 2009 at 9:09 am

it’s absolutely amazing. in fact I think I’ll make it right now!

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Bevin July 26, 2009 at 7:59 pm

That guacamole sounds amazing gena! i cant wait to try it!

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Karen August 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Hi Gena,

I left out the stevia, but other than that followed your recipe exactly and served it as pictured. It was delicious and the had excellent presentation. I appreciate the recipe! There are several of your recipes that I’m looking forward to trying.

Thanks,
Karen

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aHROIv November 24, 2009 at 8:26 am

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Kim April 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I made this guac tonight with raw tacos (using walnuts + spices for the “meat” and cashews + spices for the “cheese”), wrapped in romaine leaves – my boyfriend loved it! We had a similar recipe at a raw restaurant in Pass A Grille, Florida (near St Pete) and had to recreate it!

Gena – have you found any raw places you want to try in Miami? I’ll be going there soon & would love to hear what you find!

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Lillolil May 12, 2010 at 8:07 am

OMG!!! I am new to this raw malarkey and this is the first thing I’ve tried – mainly coz it was so easy. It is amazing!!! I’m not sure what cilantro is so put in fresh coriander and it was lovely. I could live off this stuff. Want a dehydrator now to make corn chips to go with it!!
Keep em coming Gena,
Thanks!!!

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Chicken Pasta November 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Even served alone, this meal is filling. This meal supplies me with twenty-five % of my day by day meat requirement and twenty-five % of my grains essential for the day! It is additionally has nutritional vitamins A, B 12, C, E, calcium, iron, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and manganese. Very Good!

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Lauren December 12, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Hi Gena! I am a high school student and I am trying to eat healthily! I made these tonight and they were amazing! What recipes do you think would be good to take along with me in my lunchbox? Thank you so much!

Lauren

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Louise James January 5, 2014 at 5:51 am

Looks amazing – super photos – im huge fan of guacamole despite the calories..

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Aqiyl Aniys March 21, 2014 at 5:29 am

I could dive into this raw guacamole right now! Thanks for the recipe.

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