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Strawberry Guacamole

Fresh Strawberry & Lime Guacamole from @loveandoliveoil

It started as a discussion trying to decide what kind of jam I wanted to make with all those strawberries. My friend Michelle asked if avocado strawberry jam was a thing. While I don’t think avocados are safe for home canning, the suggestion got my brain cogs spinning. Because strawberries and avocados together sounded kind of awesome.

A quick google search brought up a strawberry guacamole recipe, with plenty of lime juice and cilantro and habanero peppers. My craving was immediate, and luckily my refrigerator provided what I needed to satisfy it. Within 10 minutes I was seated at the table head first (practically) in a bowl of the stuff.

Fresh Strawberry & Lime Guacamole from @loveandoliveoil

It’s a very fresh-tasting guacamole. I’m sure if I had used habaneros instead of jalapenos it would have been spicier, but the gentle heat served its purpose. And yet, despite its mild nature, the flavor was very bright, heavy on the lime and cilantro (just the way I like it), with hints of sweetness from the berries.

Fresh Strawberry & Lime Guacamole from @loveandoliveoil

I did make quite a few changes to the original recipe (because I had to have this guac and I had to have it immediately, and unfortunately I do not keep habaneros handy at all times). I used shallot instead of red onion, jalapeno instead of habanero, increased the lime and skipped the orange zest altogether. It is definitely not your typical guacamole, weighed down with sour cream and salsa and thick with spice. Rather, this batch was light and fresh on the tongue, bright and fruity and incredible heaped on a salty tortilla chip.

Strawberry Guacamole

Yield: about 2 cups

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe medium-large avocados, halved, pitted and scooped
  • 1 shallot, finely minced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 fresh jalapeno or habanero, stemmed, seeded, deveined and finely chopped
  • 1 lime, finely zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 ounces ripe strawberries, chopped, plus a little extra for garnish
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mash avocados with a potato masher or a fork until coarsely mashed.
  2. Add the shallot, jalapeno, lime zest and juice (about 2 tablespoons), chopped cilantro, and strawberries, and fold until incorporated. Season to taste with salt. Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional chopped strawberries for garnish, or cover with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface and refrigerate for up to 4 hours or until ready to serve.

Adapted from a recipe by Rick Bayless via Family Circle.

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  1. 1
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I love the strawberry idea! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to do this! Mango and pineapple in salsa, yes; but never berries in guac. I’m doing this! Pinned & gorg images!

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    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 5:40 am

    This looks amazing! I’ve never thought of strawberries and avocado together but it looks perfect!

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  3. 3
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 6:01 am

    What an interesting combo! 

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  4. 4
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I love it.  I’m making this.  Pinning!

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  5. 5
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

    What a great idea!! I love avocado and strawberries. Just bought strawberries anyway and have the othr ingredients at home. :)

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  6. 6
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Beautiful!!  I love fresh fruit in guac!  :)

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  7. 7
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I love this idea!!! Can’t wait to try it! 

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    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Always happy to get your brain cogs spinning!  I’m so going to make this in Montana for my family this week!!!  :-)

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    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Ohhh that sounds heavenly actually ;) Quite unusual, but I think exactly what I like  :D 
    Thanks for sharing, I love your site/recipes/writing/photography! 
    Rebecca
    icing-sugar.net

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  10. 10
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Interesting idea. Sounds really good. Gonna try it! Thanks for sharing, Lindsay. 

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  11. 11
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This is such a neat guacamole recipe! I love it!

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    Rita
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I can’t wait to try this. I never would have thought to combine these flavors!

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  13. 13
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    What an awesome idea! I’ve made a pomegranate-mango guac, before, but strawberries sound like the perfect Spring addition!!

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    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This is such a fun spin on guacamole! I love the strawberries in it and the pop of color they add against the green. What a great way to use up those strawberries. :)

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  15. 15
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

    So fresh, so colorful and delicious at the same time!

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    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I saw Rick Bayless make this on the Rachael Ray show and I’ve been wanting to make it ever since. Thanks for the reminder to try it. Looks delicious!

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    Judy
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Have you ever tried mango in guacamole? Life changing. I can’t eat guacamole without it anymore!

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    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I would have never thought to put strawberries in guacamole, but it looks AMAZING! Mmmm…

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    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    This is so funny! As I was brainstorming what to do w/ the 15+lbs of strawberries we’ve picked so far this season, strawberry guacamole was totes an idea that came to my head too! Thanks so much for bringing the recipe to fruition! I can’t wait to try it. 

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    Posted On May 20, 2014 at 6:47 am

    What a great way to use up those yummy spring Strawberries.  The colors of the Avocado and Strawberries look beautiful together. 

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  21. 21
    Posted On May 20, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Love the idea of adding strawberries to guacamole, and it is beautiful too!

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  22. 22
    Posted On May 20, 2014 at 8:39 am

    a little restaurant here in NYC does a pomegranate guac that is SO good, so I can only imagine just how yummy this strawberry version tastes!!! it’s alll about that sweet & savory thang ;)

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    Posted On May 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

    it’s all about the sweet & savory!!! this looks beautiful Linds as always :)

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    Posted On May 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Never thought to add fruit to gauc.  I’ll bet this tastes like summer.

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    Posted On May 25, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Yum!! I love fruity-ness in guacamole, I love love love it with pomegranates and strawberries look very enticing! Will definitely try it out!

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    Posted On May 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks AMAZING! 

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