Avocado dip is typically avoided by dieters, but there are healthy ways to enjoy this delicious food. Avocados are high in fat, but it’s mono-saturated fat, and carries many health benefits. Here are just a few simple ways you can incorporate an avocado dip in to your diet.
Basic Avocado Dip
This versatile dip base can be used as is, or tweaked to find the perfect flavor.
- 1 ripe avocado- peeled, pitted, and mashed
- 1tsp lemon or lime juice
- dash garlic powder
- dash sea salt
Mash the ingredients together in a bowl. Serve with chips.
Spicy Avocado Dips
Using the basic recipe found above, you can create a spicy dip. This is perfect for an appetizer for Mexican food, and makes a good party dip as well. Simply add a dash of chili powder. You can also cut and seed a few jalapenos to give it more texture and flavor.
Creamy Avocado Dips and Spreads
Adding 1/2 cup of fat free ranch dressing will turn this basic avocado dip in to a perfect healthy alternative for veggie dip. If you don’t want the creamier consistency you can use a tablespoon of dry dressing mix instead. This will give you the ranch flavor without thinning the dip.
1/2 cup fat free sour cream can be used as well if you don’t like the flavor of ranch dressing. Using the sour cream will transform this ordinary dip in to a perfect sauce to accompany your chicken or fish dishes, or can be used as a dip for baked tortilla chips.
Tropical Avocado Salsa
This salsa dip is hearty thanks to the avocado, and fresh and healthy with the addition of tropical fruits. Use lime juice instead of lemon, and don’t mash the avocado. Instead cut the avocado in to small chunks or dice it. Add 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro, and a jalapeno that is seeded and chopped. Toss the ingredients in a small bowl. Add chunks of your favorite tropical fruits, such as pineapple, mango, or kiwi to the mix, and serve with tortilla chips. This is a great salsa to make and take to a party, and the lime juice helps to keep the avocado from browning if you need to store leftovers.
Chunky Avocado Dip
Another variation of the basic dip recipe, this dip is similar to a salsa. Again, don’t mash the avocado, instead dice it. Add chopped onion (red onion is favored), 1/4 cup diced cilantro, 1 garlic clove, and a can of diced tomato. Be sure to drain the tomato thoroughly to avoid a runny salsa. Lightly toss all the ingredients in a salad or mixing bowl, and serve with chips.
Summer Avocado Dip
This is perfect for a hot summer day. Coarsely chop the avocado, and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1 tablespoon lime juice, a pinch of minced mint leaves, and a pinch of minced cilantro. You can serve this as a chunky dip, or blend in a food processor for a creamier texture. This is great with chips, crackers, or even as a spread for sandwiches.