We love healthy dips and condiments at our household (beats serving ketchup for starters). Two of our favourites and go-to condiments are homemade guacamole and salsa. We make these so often that it made sense to combine them into one dish, saving time and extra dirty dishes.
This is precisely how the recipe below came about. We serve this dip often as a side to breakfast quiche, top off burgers and serve alongside a variety of Mexican foods.
Avocados are not only delicious and easy to incorporate into your diet, they are also:
- nutrient-dense food that contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, along with monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA).
- healthy for the heart – contain natural plant sterols (beta-sitosterol) noted to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- high in fiber – 3.5oz serving contains about 7g of fiber, 25% of the fiber is soluble, while 75% is unsoluble.
- antioxidant power — contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin that play important role in eye health.
Tomatoes are another powerhouse superfood that offer benefits to a range of bodily systems including:
- major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
- good source of fiber – about 1.5 grams per average size tomato.
- heart health — fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in tomatoes all support heart health.
- Eye health — rich source of lycopene, lutein, and beta-carotene. These powerful antioxidants have been shown to protect the eyes against light-induced damage.
Adding a few herbs and spices to the above ingredients creates a must have recipe in your repertoire of healthy dishes.
Guacamole + Salsa, all-in-one Recipe
Makes 1.5 cups – 6 servings
2 large avocado
1 large tomato
1/4 cup red onion (diced small)
2-3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
1 tsp of taco seasoning mix
1 tsp of ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp of cilantro chopped
Option – to taste, pinch of cayenne pepper or fresh green/red chilli for added spice
Dice the avocado into little cubes. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice on the diced avocado to prevent it from browning. Add the chopped tomato, finely diced onion, taco seasoning, cumin, salt, pepper, and cilantro.
Mix and taste, add extra lemon juice or spices if needed.
Best to consume fresh but extra can be stored in an air tight container for another days (the mixture will oxidize and brown within a few hours of preparation).
This guacamole recipe works well with our Quick and Easy Enchiladas.
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