Naked Guacamole


I’ve recently become a convert to a simple guacamole. After eight years of trying to turn my kids into guac lovers, I finally got smart and made it sans all the other stuff — tomatoes, chilies, onion (save that for your salsa). We simply mash, season slightly and serve. Match the naked prep with fresh, in-season avocados and you just made the best damn thing ever. Everyone loves the creamy texture, and mounding it up on a chip or crispy toast is delicious.


Serves 4

2 ripe avocados

1/2 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Cut avocados in half. To remove the pit, strike it with a sharp knife and twist (the pit should pop right out). Score meat of avocado like a grid to create little squares, and scoop out with a spoon.


In a bowl, mash avocados with a fork or whisk, then add garlic, lemon juice and salt. Taste for seasoning and garnish with cilantro leaves. It’s ready to serve on crostini or with chips.


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6 thoughts on “Naked Guacamole”

Hooray!!! I follow this naked prescription as well. As an East Coaster, avocados make me fall in love with CA over and over.

Lime juice is also terrific, and I add a pinch of cumin – but don’t tell my husband.

Absolutely! 10 years agok, I travelled with my Chilean friends back to their homeland. Every morning we at the traditional mashed avocado with lemon and salt on bread. There is not a better breakfast in the world. I still enjoy it often, and have made many converts to this South American breakfast.

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