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Avocado-Free Guacamole

Surprise… this isn’t guacamole!

Avocado Free Guacamole

It sure looks like guacamole. But the secret ingredient in this avocado-free dip is… asparagus?!

Yes, it’s true! And you can use it any way you’d use regular guacamole: as a dip for chips or veggies, spread on a sandwich, as a sauce for pasta or baked potatoes, or plain with a spoon. High in fiber and vitamins, it’s a great way to take advantage of all the nutritional benefits asparagus has to offer.

View Asparagus Guacamole Nutrition Facts

A low-fat alternative to traditional guacamole, with a secret ingredient that boosts the flavor without the calories.  Recipe:

Avocado-Free Guacamole

(Makes about 1 and 3/4 cups)

  • 8 oz asparagus (34-36 skinny spears, ends trimmed)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsps peas (or 5 oz frozen, thawed)
  • 2 tbsp mayo, such as Vegenaise, OR homemade Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp diced red onion (omit if desired)
  • optional 2 tsp dry cilantro
  • optional sweetener if desired

Steam the asparagus just until soft, then combine all ingredients except onion, and blend in a food processor until very smooth. Stir in onion. Refrigerate until cold. (Or you can steam the asparagus in advance and chill them so your dip will be cold after blending.)

Nutrition facts for the recipe are linked at the beginning of this post.

Asparagus Guacamole

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Published on March 8, 2012

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  1. Ally says

    This looks amazing! I love avocados and guacamole…but they don’t always love my waistline. I can’t wait to give this substitute recipe a try. Thank you!

    • Surati says

      I will try this, even tho’ I am a lover of avocados, I try to maintain the B-Blood Type Diet, and B’s are not supposed to have avo’s. So thanks for the alternative. And I am certain this is going to be terrific & I won’t even miss the avo.

    • Amanda says

      Thank you so much for posting this! Over the years I have developed a deathly allergy to avocados. This gives me hope to have something similar back in my life that I use to eat, but not able to anymore 🙂

  2. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    How funny! Pea and asparagus guacamole – I love it!

    I also love Mexican food. We have a couple places here but nothing that screams ‘really authentic’ to me since a burrito tastes the same as an enchilada which tastes the same as taco, etc…

  3. Jade C says

    Oohh, interesting recipe.
    I’ve been looking for more dip-like recipes lately, experimenting myself quite a lot!! This one looks pretty good – and green!! 😛
    I may give this a spin later, after the 4 or 5 that I have already lined-up!!

    Jade C.

  4. Lauren B. says

    I am crazy about Mexican food and LOVE Guac- I usually make it on a weekly basis. I live in Ca, which I would argue has some pretty darn good Mexican food, too! I may have to try this recipe out sometime, but maybe mix some avocados in there too! Mmmm

  5. Samantha says

    I love Mexican food too…but I stick more to like yam/spinach style combos myself. So not really the traditional fare. It really depends on the restaurants. Some make their food inexcusably heavy and unhealthy…considering it should be really easy to make something based in rice and beans reasonably healthy.

    I could eat a ton of guacamole if it is done right, but I love asparagus as well so I am excited to try this.

    Glad to see the site survived yesterday! That was a crazy amount of comments. 🙂

  6. anne harris says

    I follow you on facebook.

    Gotta tell ya, i’m not fond of guacamole, but i LOVE real mexican food!!

  7. Yellow Haired Girl says

    This looks great! I will always hold real guacamole (and ALL Mexican food) near and dear to my heart, but this is great. I’ve seen recipes for asparagus guac …. and I’m glad I’ve been able to see actually make it!

  8. Sarah the official CCK drooler says

    THANK YOU!!! I HATE guacamole. And my mom makes it a lot. including yesterday. I dunno… i don’t like avocado that much either (except in a dessert!). But hey, now they can have their guac and i’ll have mine. You could call this mock-guac! I am at my most creative in the morning, apparently.

  9. Arielle says

    I wouldn’t say mexican food is my favorite cuisine, but I definitely enjoy it. And I looooove avocados/gaucamole! But I’m still tempted to make your version 🙂

  10. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde says

    What a unique idea! I love asparagus, but I never ever would have thought to prepare it like this. Can’t wait to try it out! I do like regular guacamole, a LOT, and Mexican food – as long as it’s not spicy 🙂

  11. Cassandra Bishop says

    Awesome! I don’t like avocados, so this is great! When I tried guacamole, it was store-bought, I’ve never had homemade. I also love mexican food. It’s hard finding a healthy alternative though because all the restaurants have crazy amounts of cheese and sour cream. I’ve never gotten around to making my own either…

  12. char eats greens says

    You are such a trickster. I had to scroll down right away to see what was making this guacamole so strikingly similar. You are inventive. I might need to try this. I might need to buy asparagus first. And I also, might need to roast some asparagus before making this because who doesn’t love asparagus in all forms?!

  13. Nicole K. says

    YES!!! I just picked up asparagus a couple days ago and am always looking for new dip/spread ideas. I love avocado but my body currently is having a hard time digesting fats, so this recipe is perfect! Pretty sure a batch of this will be made by the end of the day. THANK YOU!!

  14. Emily says

    I’m not a fan of giving up guacamole solely because of it’s fat and calorie content (avocados are wonderful for us!), but I’ve been having excruciating stomach aches whenever I eat my beloved fruit (it is a fruit, right?).
    This recipe couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks!

    • Stacy says

      Emily, you may want to check into having an allergy/intolerance. ITs like that for me too. Feels like you’re trying to digest glass shards 🙁

  15. Mary says

    I love avocado, but this is intriguing mainly because this one made with asparagus and peas probably wouldn’t turn dark like “the real stuff”!!!! A real plus if you want to make it ahead!!

  16. Jeannette says

    So Excited to try this! I’ve tried guaco many times but I can’t seem to develop a taste for avocados. I love asparagus so I’m so gonna be attempting this tonight!!! Only difference is I’ll be cooking the onions (have a friend who’s allergic to raw onions) and maybe try adding some roasted tomatoes!

  17. Carina @ veggie gourmet kitchen says

    I love avocados, but sometimes it is hard to get ripe ones- This is really bad because when I want guacomole I want it now :)!
    I will definetly try your version as soon as I get my hands on asparagus (they don’t have season yet over here)

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