Guacamole is great; it's easy, vegan, gluten-free raw food that's delicious and healthy too!
All you will need is:
3-5 - Avocados
3-5 - Jalapeños
1 - Tomato
1 - White Onion
1 - Lime
Bunch - Cilantro
Pinch - Sea Salt
Avocado or Potato Masher
Step 1: Avocados
First remove the skin and pits from your avocados, then mash together in a large bowl until smooth.
Avocados are ripe when the flesh beneath the thick skin yields to the touch of your fingers. When buying a bag of them, not all will ripen in unison and while brighter green avocados tend to be too young and the darker more brown or even purple-looking avocados are perfect; but looks can be deceiving, gently squeeze them to be certain.
Step 2: Dicing
Chop your white onion and tomato into small cubes.
Mince the cilantro finely and then set aside with the onion and tomato.
For 3-5 avocados, either use one small tomato and onion each or use half of one large each. Use half a robust bunch of cilantro or the whole thing if the herbs are wilting or the bunch is smaller.
Step 3: Jalapeños
If you are only using a couple of peppers for a small batch of guacamole you won't need gloves, however cutting jalapeños or other hot peppers can inflict serious injury if you are not careful. Use discretion in handling them.
Disclaimer: Wear Gloves!
I had been using peppers in small quantities for years when I one day decided to up the heat and add more - and since they were in season and cheap at the grocery store I decided to make guacamole and two types of salsa for a company pot-luck at Christmas. I minced a large bag each of jalapeños and serrano peppers bare-handed. Didn't notice a problem until thirty minutes later - pot was bubbling on the stove and all of a sudden my hands started burning (particularly the left one as the knife-holding hand didn't touch many peppers) - burning so strongly that it was as if I had submerged them in a pot of sulphuric acid! Long story short, nothing really helps (there are many remedies out there, but time/patience is the only effective one) so wear gloves.
Step 4: Combining
Mix the tomato, onion, cilantro and jalapeños into your guacamole.
Add the juice of one small lime or half a large lime (about 1/4 cup) and a pinch of sea salt.
Mix again and serve - goes well with blue corn tortilla chips.
When I was on a raw food diet, guacamole was one of my favourite dishes - try dipping carrot chips instead of regular ones or using cucumber slices or other veggies as a healthier alternative.