Bright petit pois and fresh herbs liven up a traditional guacamole, giving it a lovely sweetness and chunky texture, perfect for dipping and spreading! #healthyfats #mexicanfood #guacamole #avocadorecipes #avocado #avocadodip #veganguacamole #dip | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 06.07.2020

Minted Pea Guacamole

prep: 10 mins / cook: 0 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 10 mins / quantity: Serves 4-6 Print recipe?

Bright petit pois and fresh herbs liven up a traditional guacamole, giving it a lovely sweetness and chunky texture, perfect for dipping and spreading! #healthyfats #mexicanfood #guacamole #avocadorecipes #avocado #avocadodip #veganguacamole #dip | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Bright petit pois and fresh herbs liven up a traditional guacamole, giving it a lovely sweetness and chunky texture, perfect for dipping and spreading!

I know there are some purists out there who will no doubt be gasping in horror at even the thought of peas in guacamole.  PEAS IN GUACAMOLE??  The way I see it is rules are (sometimes) meant to be broken.  Now I’m not encouraging you to go and do anything illegal here, but food rules can be bent, broken and even downright ignored.  Sometimes.

If people never experimented with food we’d never have the wonderful variety and abundance we have today.  Fusion food wouldn’t exist.  The revolution that’s happening with vegan food wouldn’t be happening.  I had 8 vegan donuts delivered to my door at the weekend – you couldn’t even have imagined that happening a couple of years ago.

And judging by the amount of questions I’ve had about this minted pea dip thing ever since posting it alongside this Roasted Cauliflower and these BBQ Tacos, I think there’s quite a few of us non-conformists 😉

Bright petit pois and fresh herbs liven up a traditional guacamole, giving it a lovely sweetness and chunky texture, perfect for dipping and spreading! #healthyfats #mexicanfood #guacamole #avocadorecipes #avocado #avocadodip #veganguacamole #dip | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Traditionally this iconic avocado dip also doesn’t actually have lime juice in it either.  This is purely personal preference.  Add some lime.  Or even add some lemon.  Without either you get a richer, less zesty flavour.  Or a gentle squeeze of citrus gives it a bright freshness.  I say try both.  Honestly, neither disappoints.

Bright petit pois and fresh herbs liven up a traditional guacamole, giving it a lovely sweetness and chunky texture, perfect for dipping and spreading! #healthyfats #mexicanfood #guacamole #avocadorecipes #avocado #avocadodip #veganguacamole #dip | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

How to make this avocado dip recipe:

Seriously, I’m a little embarrassed to even call this a recipe.  Apart from maybe this Antioxidant Smoothie (chuck it all in a blender) or even these Chia Chocolate Cookies (chuck it all in a bowl then chuck it in the oven), I don’t think we have an easier recipe on the blog.  But recipes don’t always have to be complicated right?  Even raw food.  Food that doesn’t even require turning the oven on can be delicious, healthy and nourishing (thank you healthy fats) and above all uncomplicated enjoyment.

Though I still remember the hoo-ha when Nigella posted her own smashed avocado on toast “recipe”.

Bright petit pois and fresh herbs liven up a traditional guacamole, giving it a lovely sweetness and chunky texture, perfect for dipping and spreading! #healthyfats #mexicanfood #guacamole #avocadorecipes #avocado #avocadodip #veganguacamole #dip | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

The most important thing is to use ripe and ready to smash avocados.  Too firm and you’ll find yourself left with hard little lumps in a over worked mess.  You still want some texture to the paste and some body to hold the peas and all all the other flavourings together.  I err on the side of a more lumpy guacamole anyway, even without the peas.

Once you’ve removed your avocado flesh from its leathery jacket you simply mash it together with the remaining ingredients, reserving some of the cooked peas to stir through at the end.  I LOVE peas.  And I love the bright green-ness they bring to this vegan guacamole.  Feel free to add a dash of chilli if spicy is your thing too.

I’d love to hear from you if you make this recipe – just leave a comment as it’s so helpful and I love to hear how the recipe worked out for you!  Thank you so much 🙂

Love healthy snacks?  So do we!

Bright petit pois and fresh herbs liven up a traditional guacamole, giving it a lovely sweetness and chunky texture, perfect for dipping and spreading! #healthyfats #mexicanfood #guacamole #avocadorecipes #avocado #avocadodip #veganguacamole #dip | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Minted Pea Guacamole

prep: 10 mins / cook: 0 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 10 mins / quantity: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup (145g) fresh or frozen petit pois peas – cooked until just tender
  • 1 clove garlic – peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 lime – juice only
  • 3 spring onions – finely sliced
  • pinch of ground cumin
  • few leaves each of fresh mint and parsley – finely shredded (see note)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: fresh chilli or chilli flakes to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the flesh from the avocado - the easiest way is to cut the avocado in half, cutting round the hard stone in the middle then use a spoon to remove the stone then use the spoon to scoop out the flesh from the skin. Put the flesh into a bowl
  2. Add half the cooked peas and using a fork or potato masher, mash them together to a thick paste. You don't have to be overly zealous here - lumps are fine!
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients and the rest of the peas, seasoning to taste
  4. Serve immediately or store in a lidded container in the fridge for 4-5 days

Notes

  • Normally I suggest swapping out dried herbs for fresh if you can't get hold of fresh herbs - but for this guacamole recipe I don't think you can substitute the fresh herbs!
Minted Pea Guacamole

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