This recipe is a Trader Joe’s knock-off. I sampled it one day at my friendly neighborhood Trader Joe’s. After reading the ingredient list, I knew it was something I could make myself. And I did. I like how the yogurt adds creaminess, protein and makes it go further to feed a crowd.
This amount works well for a potluck or party. It will keep for a day or two in your fridge but after that the color it turns is un-appealing. So… eat up! Dip a chip in it, spread it on a sandwich or burger, dollop it onto a salad or scrambled eggs, serve it as a side with beans & rice, and enjoy!
If you are lucky enough to live near a Trader Joe’s you can purchase the original inspiration called Reduced-Guilt Guacamole Dip. Maybe you want to try it out this way before committing to making it yourself. Maybe you’re in a hurry to a friend’s BBQ party and you’re looking for a recommendation of what to bring.
I’m partial to the homemade version since you get more bang for your buck and a way to use up those late summer garden tomatoes.
A few thoughts on the ingredients…
Avocados: A great source of healthy fat that your body loves. Here’s a short video I did showing how to safely peel, pit and slice your avocados.
Tomatoes: I like romas. They’re less “juicy” so you get more tomato per pound.
Red Onions: The darker the vegetable, the more nutrients and more flavor you can expect. Red onions are no exception. A little goes a long way to add color and flavor.
Cilantro: Never has a humble herb caused so much controversy. Love it or hate it, it’s going to keep showing up in recipes. Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) says it tastes like soap. Trivia Tidbit: Cilantro are the leaves of the Coriander plant. Coriander seeds are ground up and used as a spice (see my hummus post) and the leaves, called Cilantro, are used as an herb.
Cilantro (leaves of the Coriander plant)
Green Tabasco: I really like this Tabasco option. It’s milder than the original and I believe it adds more flavor as well as a bit of heat that you would expect. I also use this in my Slow-cooker Chicken Soup (post coming this Autumn).
Greek Yogurt: It’s becoming more popular by the minute. Use it to replace sour cream or mayonnaise in dips and get extra protein with less fat.
GUACAMOLE SKINNY-DIP RECIPE
4 ripe avocados, diced
2 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 garlic clove, pressed or finely chopped
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon green Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place the diced avocados in a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork to desired consistency.
Gently fold in the tomatoes, onion and cilantro.
Place the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and gently fold in until combined.
Serve immediately, or cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
When you think of guacamole, do you think of healthy eating?