Since I moved to California I’ve noticed that the avocados here are mostly perfect. All the time! I’ve not had a bad one yet, and that makes me very happy. Heading into the weekend I thought it was time to make a batch of guacamole. I have very strong opinions about what should go into my guacamole.When you have avocados so deliciously flavorful, they shouldn’t be overshadowed by a cacophony of conflicting flavors (in my humble opinion). So, in that spirit, I created a simple guacamole. You don’t need a recipe, only five (maybe six) basic ingredients, and you will have the best version of guacamole ever. Choose perfectly ripe California avocados, add a little finely minced sweet onion, a handful of chopped cilantro, lots of salt, and a generous squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. (Lucky me, I have a Meyer lemon tree in my yard). Freshly ground pepper is optional, but good too.
Don’t mash up the avocado too much, you want some texture to the mixture. Fold everything together gently and serve with your choice of chips and a cool beverage. And remember this easy trick for keeping guacamole green: pack the mixture into a bowl and smooth the top. Be sure the guacamole is spread right to the edges of the container. Gently spoon several tablespoons of water over the top of the mixture, just enough to float on the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Drain the water off the surface before serving. It works like a charm and doesn’t add any unnecessary flavorings to your guacamole. Have a happy Friday and the best weekend!
A Purist's Guacamole
- 2 ripe California avocados, each cut in half and the pit removed
- 1½ to 2 tablespoons finely minced sweet onion
- The freshly-squeezed juice of ¼ to ½ Meyer lemon
- A handful of chopped, fresh cilantro leaves
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- Scoop the avocado flesh into a small mixing bowl. Add the onion, lemon juice,and salt to taste.
- Gently fold in the chopped cilantro leaves, and check for seasoning, adding pepper if you like. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with your favorite chips and/or crudites. To store the guacamole, spoon some water over the surface to seal out the air, then cover with plastic and refrigerate. Drain the water off before serving. The guacamole will stay brilliantly green!