Holy Guacamole! Something Festive Pomegranate Guacamole Dip

I figured if “guac is extra”, then this recipe should be too… so you’re getting a two-for-one:
A traditional version and a festive Pomegranate Guacamole, with the juicy pomegranate arils adding a whole new dimension to this holiday recipe.

The first time I made guacamole I was in the 5th grade. My brother asked me to make it as part of his presentation for 7th grade Spanish class. I went to the public library (since there was no internet at the time) and found a cookbook with the recipe for guacamole.

I followed the recipe closely, and my brother took to his class. His Spanish teacher and classmates absolutely loved the guacamole. After that positive feedback, I have been making guacamole with confidence ever since.

The Simplicity and Versatility of Guacamole

guacamole ingredients: avocado, pomegranate seeds, (guacamole recipe without cilantro)

The truth is that the base recipe is pretty easy. I still use the base recipe that I developed all those years ago, and now make variations based on my mood and what is available at the grocery store.

I am giving you two of my favorite variations. One is more classic with onions and tomatoes, while the other version uses pomegranate seeds.

My Greek sister-in-law introduced me to the juicy ruby seeds of the pomegranate (called arils). Ever since, I love serving guacamole with pomegranate seeds during the holidays because of the beautiful green and red colors. It looks quite festive. Pomegranates can be a little fiddly to You can experiment with adding other ingredients like cilantro, jalapeno pepper, or a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Texture? A Perfect Balance for the best guac

The perfect texture for guacamole is a balance of chunky and smooth, giving you that perfect mouth feel. It is easy to overmix, so be careful.

If you are anything like me, guacamole will become a staple appetizer, an addition to your tacos, burritos, and a go-to condiment with baked or grilled fish.

The Wonders of Avocados

I live in California, where fresh avocados are abundant and always available. California is the largest producer of avocados in the United States, while Mexico is the largest producer in the world. Some of my neighbors grow these fruits in their yards.

Pomegranate Guacamole Nutrition

Avocados are:

  • a source of healthy monounsaturated fat that helps lower LDL cholesterol
  • high in fiber, helping you feel satiated
  • rich in nutrients often lacking in many people’s diets, including magnesium, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and folate
Pomegranate Guacamole Dip: a festive guacamole homemade for holiday parties

Pomegranates have a beautiful flavor and they also happen to be one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet. The benefits of pomegranates include:

  • rich in vitamins and minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C
  • high in polyphenols, which are compounds that act as powerful antioxidants.
  • high in fiber, low in calories

Try new things: Avocado varieties

There are several varieties of avocados available on the market, with Hass being the most popular, but if you notice a difference in size, skin color and seed size, you may also have access Reed or Fuerte.

The taste and feel will be slightly different with each, so if you have a chance I encourage you to try different varieties.

No matter which you choose for making a tried and true guacamole recipe or totally festive pomegranate guacamole dip, using a tender ripe fruit will give you great results that everyone will enjoy.

Mealtime conversation starters

Simple question for a conversation starter over a festive snack of pomegranate guacamole dip

You think it’s looks that are attractive to other people? Let me tell you, being able to have a good conversation creates attraction and deepens your connections.

Try out this question.

What do you want to be like when you get older? Explain why.

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Pomegranate Guacamole Dip

Guacamole two ways: a classic guacamole recipe and a festive pomegranate guacamole dip
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 173
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican

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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 medium avocados ripe
  • 1 clove garlic minced or pressed
  • 2 tbsp lime juice or substitute lemon juice
  • 1-2 serrano peppers minced, stems and seeds removed
  • ½ tsp salt

Option 1:

  • 3 tbsp red onions finely chopped
  • ¾ cup tomatoes diced

Option 2:

  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  • Mash avocados, lime juice, and salt together in a medium bowl; and garlic.

Option 1:

  • Mix in diced tomatoes and red onion, and transfer to serving bowl.

Option 2:

  • Transfer to serving bowl, and sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top.
  • [When transfering to a serving bowl, arrange the guacamole with a rubber scraper so that it looks plentiful.]
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips (chips not included in the nutritional label)

Notes

Be careful handling serrano pepper. Wear gloves or thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water and avoid touching your eyes.
Store guacamole by placing practice wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent browning.
 

Hand Size Portions

Nutrition Facts
Pomegranate Guacamole Dip
Amount per Serving
Calories
173
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Sodium
 
202
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
562
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
314
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
16
mg
19
%
Calcium
 
17
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hand Portions

When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.

Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.

Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.

Patsy Whatley believes that life is precious and that with knowledge and a holistic approach to chronic diseases through lifestyle changes. As Patsy watched her family’s lives improve, she knew that coaching people through nutrition and lifestyle changes would dramatically improve the quality of their life. And it will improve the quality of your life too.

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