Tangy Avocado and Basil Dip (Gluten-Free)

Type of meal: Snack

It’s always nice to have some (at least reasonably healthy) chips or crackers and dip with a board game. Normally I’d just get some sour cream and mix it with my choice of flavouring, corn relish, french onion, etc. That isn’t much good though if you are trying to avoid cholesterol. Granted, depending on the chips you get, they are probably just as bad if not worse. Nevertheless though, a healthier dip became the first port of call.

I’ve made a thick guacamole before basically just with avocado, lemon juice and a little bit of chilli, but I wanted something a little different.

I came across this recipe on One Green Planet that sounded pretty good, a creamy avocado and basil dip that is completely vegan, gluten free and so on. Sounded good I thought, and even better, I already had most of the ingredients. A quick trip to IGA to pick up the remainder and I was set.

I’m not sure if green onions are shallots or not, but shallots are what I chose to use. I thought at the time as I was prepping it for the food processor that it seemed like a lot of onion for one avocado, and I think I was right. Tasting it I found it to be overwhelmingly oniony. Given this, I decided to adapt. Add some lemon juice as I’ve used in guacamole before to give it a bit of tang, add some macadamia nuts to take away some of the overpowering onion flavour and also add some additional thickness to counteract the lemon juice, and finally add another avocado.

The result, a delicious, tangy dip that is very good for you with lots of avocado and basil, both rich in healthy stuff and completely cholesterol free! In addition to being vegan, it’s also gluten-free and lactose-free, so you can serve it to most people. If you have someone with nut allergies, just leave out the macadamia nuts and you should be fine.

Tangy Avocado and Basil Dip
Serves 20
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
57 calories
2 g
0 g
5 g
1 g
0 g
33 g
61 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
33g
Servings
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 57
Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 61mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 ripe avocados
  2. 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  3. 2 shallots
  4. 2 tsp minced garlic
  5. 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts
  6. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Chop the roots off the shallots.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix together.
  3. Add extra water to reach the consistency you would like.
  4. Add more or less salt to taste.
Hubby Tip
  1. Add more lemon juice for a tangier flavour or less for a more subtle flavour.
Adapted from Heather Nicholds
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calories
57
fat
5g
protein
1g
carbs
2g
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Adapted from Heather Nicholds
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Matt

Matt is a busy hubby that loves sweets and dairy products. He has recently learned he has despression and high cholesterol, and with a history of heart disease in the family, it is time to do something about it. He is on a mission to find and cook healthy, low or no cholesterol food that will not only taste good but help you feel good too.

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