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.
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.
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.
- 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
- In a bowl, mash avocados with a potato masher or a fork until coarsely mashed.
- 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.All images and text © Lindsay Landis / Love & Olive Oil
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I wonder if you could also add fresh raspberries instead of strawberries.
it would be so helpful if the posts were from people who had actually made the guacamole. Agreed, the idea is great. Would like to hear from someone who had made it.:)
Oh my goodness, this looks AMAZING!
Yum!! I love fruity-ness in guacamole, I love love love it with pomegranates and strawberries look very enticing! Will definitely try it out!
Never thought to add fruit to gauc. I’ll bet this tastes like summer.
it’s all about the sweet & savory!!! this looks beautiful Linds as always :)
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 ;)
Love the idea of adding strawberries to guacamole, and it is beautiful too!
What a great way to use up those yummy spring Strawberries. The colors of the Avocado and Strawberries look beautiful together.
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.
I would have never thought to put strawberries in guacamole, but it looks AMAZING! Mmmm…
Have you ever tried mango in guacamole? Life changing. I can’t eat guacamole without it anymore!
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!
So fresh, so colorful and delicious at the same time!
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. :)
What an awesome idea! I’ve made a pomegranate-mango guac, before, but strawberries sound like the perfect Spring addition!!
I can’t wait to try this. I never would have thought to combine these flavors!
This is such a neat guacamole recipe! I love it!
Interesting idea. Sounds really good. Gonna try it! Thanks for sharing, Lindsay.
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!
Always happy to get your brain cogs spinning! I’m so going to make this in Montana for my family this week!!! :-)
I love this idea!!! Can’t wait to try it!
Beautiful!! I love fresh fruit in guac! :)
What a great idea!! I love avocado and strawberries. Just bought strawberries anyway and have the othr ingredients at home. :)
I love it. I’m making this. Pinning!
What an interesting combo!
This looks amazing! I’ve never thought of strawberries and avocado together but it looks perfect!
We just ate strawberry guacamole at Disney World. Now I’m excited to make this
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!