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Monday, January 09, 2012

5 Minute Lemon Basil Guacamole Dip

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
This recipe was originally used as vegetarian creamy pasta sauce, but my favorite way to use it is as a light and creamy Lemon Basil Guacamole Dip!  It is so yummy, with a hint of lemon and garlic. I am a guacamole lover, but sometimes I want to change it up from what most people come to expect from guacamole. This recipe does just that. The basil gives it a super fresh taste, and it whips up so creamy you would think  it is full of dairy, but it is not!  I loved it with crackers or you can use it as a vegetable dip or stick with tortilla chips.  It is the perfect party food!
This recipe takes minutes to throw together.  It uses just 5 ingredients + S & P.  All you have to do is dump avocado, lemon juice, garlic and basil into the food processor, and let it do all the work for you.  Drizzle in the EVOO.  (exact measurements below)

5 Minute Lemon Basil Guacamole Dip
1 medium sized, ripe avocado
1/2 lemon juiced + zest for garnish
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 Tbls extra virgin olive oil
pepper, to taste
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Place avocado, lemon juice, garlic clove, basil and salt in a food processor.  Process, then drizzle in the olive oil. Process until creamy. Add pepper to taste.  Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.  Can use as a dip, or toss with pasta.

Isn't it the best color?  So fresh and pretty!
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2 comments:

  1. I really enjoy your blog and appreciate all your hard work! This dip sounds awesome! At what point do you use the basil? And honestly, I've never worked with fresh basil before... any tips? Thanks in advance!

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  2. HI Mindy! I fixed the recipe to make it more clear about when to add the basil. Use the leaves of the the basil. In recipes that call for chopped basil, I stack the leaves on top of each other, roll up, then slice thinly, then chop. If you stop at slice thinly, it leaves beautiful ribbons of basil, which is great for topping pizza or foccacia.

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