Homemade Guacamole

This easy homemade guacamole recipe is one everyone should have in their back pocket for taco night, game day, or any old day/night. It’s truly the best and so easy to throw together. My version has 7 ingredients, but really only 3 are absolutely essential. Customize your guacamole to your liking and serve, then watch it disappear.

Guacamole recipe in a bowl with chips and peppers.

Homemade Guacamole Recipe

When you need a quick, delicious and fresh dip to serve a crowd, this is it! And in our house we do homemade Guacamole on EVERYTHING! Some favorites of ours are having it as an appetizer with veggies and tortilla chips or homemade crackers, nachos, huevos rancheros, as a topping on a salad, taco night, in our 7-layer taco dip, on top of basically any morning breakfast skillet, sweet potato skins… the list goes on and on. You simply can’t deny the many uses for an easy and delicious homemade guacamole!

It’s creamy, fresh and when done right–absolutely delicious. It’s also super simple to make. You really only need about 3 ingredients, but I’m sharing some of my favorite add-in’s below that make it the best!

Ingredients for homemade guacamole.

Ingredients for Homemade Guac!

This recipe has some of my favorite additions to guacamole but the absolute only essential things in it are the avocados, lime juice and salt. Other than those three, feel free to skip out on the ones you don’t enjoy. I know cilantro can be a touchy subject for some!

Other Optional Additions to Make Good Guacamole

Ingredients in a bowl for homemade guacamole.

How do you store a whole avocado?

Ripe avocados: eat them in the next day or two! I always store them, once ripe, in the refrigerator. The cold from the fridge slows down the ripening process, so only do this with ripe avocados. If you have unripe avocados, wait until they are ripe (on the counter) and then put them in the refrigerator!

Make sure your avocados are ripe:

When I’m in the store and want to make guacamole, I know I’ll need ripe avocados! Grab ones that still have the stem attached. You can pluck it off and if it’s brown, put it down! If you pull off the stem and it’s green, it’s generally a better avocado to buy. The other thing to do is to gently press on one end. It should have a slight give to it – not too firm, not mush either!

Lastly, can I make guacamole ahead of time?

Guacamole gets brown QUICK. I don’t prefer making it ahead of time honestly, as I find it better when it’s fresh (plus, it’s easy to make).


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Homemade Guac Recipe

These easy Homemade Guac recipe is one everyone should have in their back pocket for taco night, or any old night. My version has 7 ingredients, but really only 3 are absolutely essential, and you can leave out any you don't like. 


Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time
Total Time 10 minutes
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • Fine sea salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Cut avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out avocado and mash in a bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. Season to taste.
  3. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • I love adding a pinch or two of garlic granules to my guacanmole!
  • Post updated January 2020.

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Homemade Guacamole

This Corn Avocado Salsa recipe is a quick and delicious side to serve up with just about anything! This cool summer side dish is easy to make and is gluten and dairy free!

Corn and avocado salsa recipe in a bowlAvocado and Corn Salsa Recipe

This is the perfect summery side dish to serve when the weather is HOT. This Avocado and Corn Salsa comes together quickly. It is the perfect easy side dish to throw together and flies off the table! This dish is served great with nearly anything, but we especially like it for other quick cooking summer dishes like this Blackened Fish, quick Chicken Tacos or this Garlic and Lime Grilled Steak.

Corn Salsa Ingredients

Corn salsa with avocado plated with fishMethods to Cook the Corn

The only piece of this salsa that needs to be cooked is the corn! There are a few different methods you can use to cook it. You can quickly boil it, as we suggest in the recipe. Or you could grill it! Additionally you can also cook corn in the Instant Pot using these directions here.

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Avocado Gazpacho with Cajun Chili Shrimp | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho with Shrimp is such a refreshing soup for a hot day! You can customize it by adding in a few extra toppings, like corn or tomatoes. This gazpacho soup with shrimp is the perfect dish for a summer party or an easy lunch or dinner when it’s hot outside! It’s creamy, but dairy-free and Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Avocado Gazpacho with Cajun Chili Shrimp | Lexi's Clean KitchenCucumber Avocado Gazpacho Recipe

I love soup all year around, but on a hot day in the summer, a refreshing chilled soup is just what I’m looking for! This soup combines a refreshing mix of avocado, lemon, and cucumber that results in a creamy and flavorful gazpacho. I top it with a few spicy shrimp, corn, basil and hot peppers for a dreamy combination. Feel free to leave off the corn if you are looking for a Paleo or Whole30 soup and add in diced fresh tomatoes instead.

What is Gazpacho?

When you think of gazpacho, most people generally think of a cold soup made from primarily raw ingredients and blended up. The most common type of gazpacho would be one made with a tomato and cucumber base. It’s served as an appetizer or a light meal. This green gazpacho uses a similar technique of blending up cold ingredients but makes them creamy (yet dairy-free) thanks to the addition of ripe avocado.

Avocado Gazpacho with Cajun Chili Shrimp | Lexi's Clean KitchenGazpacho Topping Options

I loved this soup topped with the spicy shrimp and corn, but in reality you can top it with whatever your heart desires (or you have on hand). Some other options would be:

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Mexican Avocado Gazpacho with Cajun Shrimp


Yield 2
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

    Gazpacho

    • 1 ripe Hass avocado, flesh
    • 1 small organic cucumber, peeled
    • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
    • 1 shallot, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, more to taste
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste

    Toppings

    • 1 husk local organic corn, cooked
    • 1 teaspoon basil, sliced thin for garnish
    • Optional: 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, for garnish
    • Optional: red chili pepper for garnish

    Optional: Cajun Chili Shrimp

    Directions

    1. In a medium-sized pot, bring 3 cups water to a boil and cook corn covered, until you can pierce with a fork.
    2. Pat shrimp dry and season with chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
    3. Heat oil in a small skillet. Once hot add in shrimp and cook for 5-8 minutes or until opaque and fully cooked through.
    4. Take shrimp off heat and set aside.
    5. Add all gazpacho ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
    6. Pour soup into desired serving dish. Top with corn, shrimp if using, extra slices of cucumber, basil, red chili pepper if using, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve cold.

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    Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho with Shrimp

    Looking for an easy weeknight meal? This easy and healthy Taco Salad recipe is it! It’s simple to prepare, deliciously satisfying, and customizable with your favorite taco toppings! Made in under 30 minutes, it’s the perfect family friendly dinner that is also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

    Easy Simple Taco SaladTaco Salad Recipe

    Taco night can’t come easier when traditional ground beef tacos are turned into taco salad bowls! This easy and healthy Taco Salad recipe is most definitely going to be a crowd favorite. It’s delicious, so customizable and best of all easy-breezy to make! We take the classic flavor of a ground beef taco with seasoned meat and toss it together with all the usual suspects like romaine, avocado, tomato and (optionally) cheese. To make it easy-as-can-be, use a store bought salsa to help season the meat and to use as a dressing on the assembled salad. It works well with both a red salsa and a green salsa verde.

    Want to make it a taco salad bar? If you have picky eaters in your family leave all the different salad ingredients in small bowls and let everyone make their own taco salad bowl! Plus the little ones will think it is fun and just might be tempted to try something new!

    Ingredients for taco saladIngredients for Taco Salads

    Want to customize it to your favorite taco topping? Swap out what you don’t have or don’t like with what you’ve got on hand. Some other great additions are:

    How to Make Taco Salad

    This couldn’t be easier! All you have to do to make this dish is:

    1. Brown some ground beef and add the spices
    2. Mix up your taco fixings in a large bowl
    3. Divide among plates and top with cooked ground beef
    4. Serve with a side of salsa or hot sauce

    bowl of clean eating taco salad

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    Healthy Taco Salad

    Looking for an easy weeknight meal? This Easy and Healthy Taco Salad recipe is it! It's simple to prepare, deliciously satisfying, and customizable with your favorite taco toppings! Made in under 30 minutes it's the perfect family friendly dinner that is also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.


    Yields 4
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 25 minutes
    Recipe Type: Dinner
    Cuisine Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30
    Make Ahead: Easy
    Author: Lexi
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    Directions

    1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot add beef and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Drain excess fat. Add all of the spices to the beef and ¼ cup salsa and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
    2. Meanwhile assemble salad: In a large bowl toss together lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeños, and cheese. Divide between 4 bowls and top with ground beef.
    3. Serve with remaining salsa on the side for dressing.

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    Taco Salad

    Raise your hand if you have an addiction to buffalo anything! If yes, you’re going to love these Buffalo Chicken Burgers. They’re spiced just right and perfect topped with tomato and avocado and wrapped in lettuce. They also happen to be gluten-free, paleo friendly and low carb!

    Spicy Chicken Burger recipe

    Buffalo Chicken Burger Recipe

    Let’s talk about how much we all love buffalo over here at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. To start we’ve got Buffalo NuggetsBuffalo Sweet PotatoesBuffalo TendersBuffalo HummusBuffalo Chili and we could go on and on but we’ll move on to these delicious Buffalo Chicken Burgers! They’ve got that slight heat packed into a ground chicken burger and are so delicious it kind of makes you think they’re “bad” for you but they’re actually quite nutritious. Serve them up with lettuce and tomato in a low carb lettuce wrap or you can eat them like you would any other burger: in a bun! These also make great meal prep for the week ahead! 

    Here’s what’s in them:

    • Ground chicken
    • Egg
    • Onion
    • Scallions
    • Carrots
    • Hot Sauce
    • Garlic powder
    • Red pepper flakes
    • Sea Salt and Pepper

    Buffalo Chicken Burgers

    What to serve with Buffalo Chicken Burgers

    This is a pretty versatile dish. You can serve this with a side salad, or a cucumber salad which will help cool down the heat. Or you can serve this with a heartier salad like this Tomato Cucumber Salad with Crispy Chickpeas or Israeli Salad. This would also be great served with cauliflower rice!

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    Yields 4
    Prep Time 10 min
    Cook Time 20 min
    Total Time 30 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • In a food processor food processor combine carrots and onion; pulse to chop into small bits.
    • In a large bowl combine the vegetable mixture, ground chicken, egg, garlic powder, hot sauce, and salt & pepper.
    • Form into patties and bake for 20 minutes. Flipping halfway through.
    • Broil on high for 2 minutes at the end.

    Recipe Notes

    • Serve over lettuce, or in lettuce wraps with avocado, tomato, or any toppings you'd like!

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    Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa {Whole30, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    These Mahi Mahi Tacos With Tropical Salsa are the perfect low-carb, light and healthy lunch or dinner! The crunch of the lettuce with the creamy tropical salsa and perfectly spiced fish makes for taco perfection. These flavorful fish tacos will be loved by all and are also dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and whole30 friendly.

    Tray of Mahi Mahi tacos with tropical salsa

    Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tropical Salsa

    These Mahi Mahi Tacos are everything! And when served alongside this outrageously flavorful tropical salsa and drizzled with a sriracha mayo it makes just the perfect combination of spiced, tangy, creamy and bright tacos! And the best part about this dish is that it truly is easy to put together! The most “work” this recipe requires is some chopping and cooking of fish. Other than that it’s basically just assembly! 

    How to Make Mahi Mahi Tacos

    Like most fish, cooking Mahi Mahi is quite simple and quick! There is a blackened style spice mix rubbed over the fish first, and then it is cooked on a grill pan! Here are the spices used:

    Mahi Mahi Fish tacos in a lettuce cup

    How to make the tropical salsa:

    This tropical salsa has an explosion of different flavors and textures! It has sweet mango and oranges, with creamy avocado and bright tomatoes and of course lime juice and cilantro! All you have to do is dice up the ingredients and toss it all in a bowl for serving.

    What to serve with these tacos:

    You can serve these Mahi Mahi tacos either in a romaine lettuce leaf for crunch low carb option, or in hard taco shells! We recommend serving it with some lime wedges, shredded cabbage and a spicy sriracha mayo! It also might be really nice with this easy cabbage slaw.

    Mahi tacos in lettuce

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    Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tropical Salsa



    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

      For the fish

      Tropical Salsa

      • 1 mango, diced
      • 1 orange, diced
      • 1 avocado, diced
      • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
      • 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
      • 2 tablespoons lime juice
      • 1 teaspoon cilantro
      • 1 teaspoon ground garlic from garlic mill

      Homemade Spicy Sauce

      • 1/4 cup organic mayonnaise, homemade or store-bought
      • 2 tablespoons Sriracha

      Ingredients for Assembly

      • 6 Organic romaine lettuce leaves
      • 2 limes, sliced
      • red cabbage, shredded
      • Organic non-gmo corn tortilla shells

      Directions

      1. In a bowl combine seasoning for the fish; season fish and place in the fridge until ready to cook.
      2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the tropical salsa ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Store in the refrigerator until ready to assemble.
      3. Spray grill pan with oil of choice and cook fish over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes on both sides, or until fish is opaque and flakey.
      4. Move fish to cutting board, chop into pieces, and place into a bowl.
      5. On a serving dish lay out desired amount of lettuce leaves or taco shells, depending on what you are using.
      6. In a small bowl, mix together spicy sauce and place on the serving dish.
      7. Assemble: Place fish pieces into each taco shell followed by the tropical salsa. Top with shredded cabbage, a drizzle of spicy sauce. Serve warm with lime wedges.

      Recipe Notes

      • I serve mine with tortilla chips and a bowl with extra tropical salsa!
      • Updated March, 2017

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      Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tropical Salsa

      This 7 Layer Taco Dip is just what any party, or fun Saturday night needs! 7 layers of Mexican inspired flavor that is so delicious! This dip is gluten-free and optionally dairy-free and paleo!

      7 layer taco dip recipe with meat and chips7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe

      Is there any better food to bring to a pot luck or serve at your own party than a 7 Layer Taco Dip? Don’t think so! This classic dip is made healthier here with a few homemade substitutes for standard store-bought ingredients, and so so worth it! This version is gluten-free and we offer a few substitutions to make it paleo and dairy free if you need it.

      Be warned: there is no way there will be any leftovers when this dish is served, so make sure you get in there early if you want to have some yourself!

      How to make a 7 Layer Taco Dip

      Make or gather all of the layers!

      Layer in all of the ingredients in an oven 8″x8″ (or similarly sized ) oven safe dish. After placing in cheddar cheese put in the oven to melt. Layer on the remaining and serve with hearty tortilla chips and veggies.

      baked 7 layer taco dip with meat

      Can this be made ahead of time?

      You can assemble and prep this entire dish 1 day ahead of time, with the exception of adding the fresh ingredients on top. You can prep those ahead of time though and have them all ready to go for your party. Right before serving place the assembled dip under the broiler to warm up and melt the cheese, and then top with fresh lettuce, tomato and onion.

      What to serve with this dip?

      Serve it with the classics: Tortilla chips (either corn or a grain free option like Siete) and veggies like celery, cucumber, peppers or carrots.

      Best ever Mexican layer dip with chip

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      7 Layer Taco Dip



      Prep Time 20 min
      Cook Time 10 min
      Total Time 30 minutes



      Author: Lexi
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      Ingredients

        Layers

        Refried black beans

        Beef mixture

        Salsa

        • Store-bought or homemade

        Guacamole

        Directions

      • 1. Make refried black beans- Heat 1 tbsp oil of choice in a pan
      • 2. Add in beans and let heat for 3-5 minutes, begin mashing
      • 3. Add in spices, mash and mix well
      • 4. Add in 2 tbsp water; mix until water is combined
      • 5. Remove from heat and set aside
      • 6. Make beef- in a skillet heat oil and garlic
      • 7. Add in beef and cook until brown
      • 8. Add in tomatoes, spices, and hot sauce; let cook for 3-5 minutes then remove from heat and set aside
      • 9. Make guacamole and chop lettuce, tomato, and onions for layer 7
      • 10. Once all the layers are prepared, start assembling in your dish; serve and enjoy!

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        Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

        This Melon and Prosciutto Salad with Mint Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a flavorful and delicious addition to your summer table! It’s gluten-free and grain-free, and packed with fresh mint, sweet melon, ripe avocado, salty prosciutto, and the most wonderful light vinaigrette dressing.

        Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

        Melon Prosciutto Salad

        This Melon Salad with Prosciutto screams summer! And it also screams delicious: it’s sweet, salty, tangy and creamy! There is so much going on with this salad and in a good way! You want to know what really takes it over the top though? The fresh mint! Seriously, it ties the whole salad together and is NOT TO BE MISSED.

        This is the perfect salad to serve up as an appetizer at a summer party but it also works equally as well as a light salad that WILL leave you satisfied.

        Here’s what is in this Melon and Prosciutto Salad:

        Prosciutto and Melon Salad

        Did you know you need to clean your melons before cutting?

        Just in case you didn’t know! Make sure to clean your melons before cutting in them! Whenever you are cutting whole fruit, especially melons, you’ll want to wash the outside of the fruit in case there are any harmful germs on the outside of the fruit. Of course you aren’t eating the melon skin, but you are cutting through it, and the knife can transfer bacteria from the skin into the inner flesh as it gets dragged through! Simple scrub with a vegetable brush with warm water as you would potatoes!

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        Melon Salad with Prosciutto


        Yield 4
        Prep Time 10 minutes
        Cook Time
        Total Time 10 minutes



        Author: Lexi
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        Ingredients

          Melon Salad with Prosciutto

          • 2 cups fresh arugula or greens of choice
          • 1 cantaloupe, sliced into half moons or cubed
          • 1 honeydew melon, diced
          • 1 8-ounce container small mozzarella balls
          • 15-20 slices prosciutto
          • 1 avocado, sliced
          • 1/4 cup mint leaves, thinly sliced

          Vinaigrette

          Directions

          1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
          2. Assemble all salad ingredients on a serving platter.
          3. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve with more dressing on the side!

          Recipe Notes

          • *You could use feta cheese instead of mozzarella cheese in this recipe!
          • *You can mix in honeydew melon

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          This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid FreshWorks. All opinions are always, 100% my own! 

          Melon Salad with Prosciutto

          These dense and fudgey brownies have a secret ingredient that’s packed with nutrients and healthy fats, and nobody will know it! Chocolate Avocado Brownies are the perfect sweet treat to end a meal or even to pack in the lunch box with the kiddos. They’re flourless and Paleo friendly without any refined sweeteners.

          An avocado brownie on a plate with a bit taken out of it.Chocolate Avocado Brownies

          We’re bringing this recipe out from the archives today because it’s worth it! These Chocolate Avocado Brownies, formerly known as Secret Ingredient Brownies are quite the treat! A super fudge-y brownie with a secret healthy fat, because nobody would guess there is avocado in here.

          Avocado brownie batter made in a food processor.

          Here is what you need to make them:

          Thick avocado brownie batter being smoothed out in a baking dish.

          How to Make Avocado Brownies

          Previously, this recipe was made by pureeing an avocado in a blender and then transferring it to a batter made in a bowl. We’ve found it’s easier to make the whole batter in either a food processor or a high speed blender. It makes for a smoother brownie and dirties up less dishes.

          To make the brownies:

          First Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare an 8″ baking dish by greasing it and lining it with a parchment paper sling.

          Next, you’ll need to melt the butter and chocolate together! To do this: Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil with heatproof bowl over the top. Add the butter and chocolate to the bowl and slowly melt and stir the chocolate until all of it has melted. Remove from heat, let sit a few minutes and then whisk it all together. Alternatively you could melt them together in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.

          Then make the brownie batter in a food processor or blender: Add ripe avocado to a processor and  blend until smooth. Add in eggs, maple sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. 

          Add in the slightly cooled chocolate mixture to the processor and pulse until fully combined.

          Finally, transfer the brownie batter to the prepared baking dish and smooth over the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.

          Watch the video here:

          A forkful of fudge-y and dense brownies made with avocado on a plate.

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          Avocado Brownies


          Yields 12
          Prep Time 10 min
          Cook Time 25 min
          Total Time 35 minutes



          Author: Lexi
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          Ingredients

          Directions

          • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking dish with parchment paper
          • Heat chocolate and butter in a double boiler over the stove until melted
          • In a blender, blend avocado until smooth
          • Mix avocado into chocolate mixture
          • Add in eggs and whisk to combine
          • Add in maple syrup, maple sugar (or coconut palm sugar), cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and vanilla
          • Add in chocolate chunks and pour into baking dish
          • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
          • Let cool completely before cutting

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          Avocado Brownies

          Ever wonder how to make a healthy snack that’s low carb and packed with healthy fats? These easy avocado boats are a great and easy lunch or snack to make. These avocado boats are gluten-free, keto, and customizable with 5 different filling options! 

          The Benefits of Avocados

          Healthy Avocado Boats

          I want to talk about some serious brain food. AVOCADOS. Avocado is a super healthy fat. That’s right. By now you know I am all about healthy fats in my diet! I think we’re almost over the low-fat fad, right? Good! Avocados fill me up and are loaded with nutrition that I want daily.

          You are going to love these avocado boats. Craving a BLT? Got you covered. Want something refreshing? Tropical Salsa coming right at you! How about in the mood for breakfast food? Baked egg is calling your name. See where I’m going with this? Avocado heaven: five ways.

          Avocado BoatsAvocado boats: the easiest way to snack {for two people}. Cut an avocado in half, the long way. Remove the pit. Get creative and stuff with your favorite salad, cuisine, or an egg. WA-LA. A snack for two. One for you, and one for some lucky individual.

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          Avocado Boats

          Let’s break it down: Serves 2

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          Healthy Avocado Boats: 5 Ways

          This Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad is bursting with flavor. Bold, zesty chicken and juicy sweet pineapple make this chopped salad one of our absolute favorites!

          Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

          It is so hot here in Boston, and that’s coming from the girl who was just visiting Florida in June. Wheeeew, hot. In leu, turning on the stove the past two nights wasn’t quite in the cards. The grill was though, paired with this Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad that is just bursting with flavor.

          Let’s see what we got: spicy and bold chicken, sweet and juicy grilled pineapple, refreshing crisp local lettuce, local tomatoes, and finally, avocado. Count me in any day of the week. Oh, and don’t forget the light and easy lime vinaigrette.

          Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

          This salad is one of the most popular recipes on the blog, and for good reason! It’s simple, flavorful, with a deliciously bold chicken!

          A little spice, a little sweet, a perfect dinner! The Sriracha and lime together make for a fabulous marinade that comes together quickly!

          Healthy, low-carb, and perfect for summer!

          Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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          Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad


          Yield 4
          Prep Time 10 min
          Cook Time 15 min
          Total Time 25 minutes



          Author: Lexi
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          Ingredients

            Sriracha Lime Chicken

            Salad

            • 4 cups lettuce, chopped (I use this salad chopper)
            • 8 pineapple slices, using pineapple corer
            • 1 cup organic grape tomatoes
            • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
            • 1 avocado, cubed

            Lime Vinaigrette

            Directions

            • Heat the grill to medium heat.
            • Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a bowl or marinade dish, combine sirarcha and lime.
            • Add chicken and let marinade in the fridge for at least 20 minutes, the longer the better.
            • Once ready to cook, add chicken to the greased grill.
            • Cut pineapple using pineapple corer and add to grill, grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
            • While they are grilling, chop lettuce, then chop avocado, tomato, and red onion and add to serving dish.
            • Whisk together dressing, taste, and adjust seasoning as desired (i.e. more lime, additional sea salt, additional vinegar)- place in fridge until ready to use.
            • Once chicken is done cooking, assemble the salad, toss with dressing and enjoy!

            Recipe Notes

            *Nutrition info per serving: 373 calories, 38 grams of protein, and 30 carbohydrates*

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            Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad [VIDEO]

            This Tropical Easy Shrimp Ceviche recipe is the perfect light appetizer or meal that is easy to make and requires no cooking! Everyone loves the flavors in this homemade ceviche! It’s gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30 friendly! Plus it’s made in 1 bowl in under 15 minutes!

            easy shrimp ceviche recipe

            Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

            Last month I taught a cooking class here in Boston and this Tropical Shrimp Ceviche was a major hit. Generally speaking, ceviche uses raw seafood, but in this ceviche I used precooked shrimp. Not everyone at your dinner party may be up for raw, so I make it this way to accommodate all my guests. It is absolutely the perfect no cook appetizer to make when entertaining! It also is put together in under 15 minutes and in one bowl! Trust me, you’re going to love this!

            shrimp ceviche with oranges and mango

            I love the citrus in this dish! When I am feeling under the weather one of my go to routines is to bust out my simple hand juicer and have some fresh squeezed OJ. I supplement with vitamin C daily, but there’s just something about fresh squeezed orange juice that makes me feel all happy and healthy. Alternatively, when I am making a dish for company I go right to oranges for the bright color and perfect citrus flavor.

            tropical shrimp ceviche

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            Tropical Shrimp Ceviche





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            Author: Lexi
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            Ingredients

            • 15 cocktail jumbo shrimps (pre-cooked)
            • 1 mango, diced
            • 1 orange, diced
            • 1 avocado, diced
            • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
            • 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
            • 2 tbsp lime juice
            • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro
            • 1 tsp ground garlic from garlic mill

            Directions

          • 1. In a large bowl combine diced mango, orange, avocado, red onion, grape tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, and ground garlic, mix and set aside
          • 2. Remove tails from shrimp
          • 3. Optional: chop shrimp
          • 3. Add shrimp to tropical mixture, mix and taste- adjust flavoring as needed
          • 4. When ready to serve, spoon mixture into mini cups and enjoy!
          • Recipe Notes

          • Double or triple the recipe depending on how many you are serving! For the cooking class, I made 4 times the amount and it served 16 people.

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            Easy Tropical Shrimp Ceviche

            Grilled Peach Crab Salad {low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

            This Grilled Peach, Crab and Avocado Salad with Peach Dressing is Summer appetizer perfection! It’s such a great low-carb summer side to serve this season. It’s Paleo and gluten and dairy-free too

            Grilled peach saladGrilled Peach Salad with Crab

            The flavors on this Grilled Peach and Crab and Avocado Salad are so delicious! It’s light and the perfect summer time meal. It’s easy to throw together for a quick appetizer for a dinner party, or to serve as a light main dish.

            This salad is grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and low-carb! That means this is the perfect allergy friendly salad for entertaining! If you need to leave out the crab for a seafood allergy, that’s totally fine. You can substitute in extra grilled peaches or avocado to make it heartier.

            Ingredients Needed:

            Low fat grilled peach salad recipe

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            Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Crab Salad with Avocado & Peach Dressing


            Yield 4
            Prep Time 15 minutes
            Cook Time 10 minutes
            Total Time 25 minutes



            Author: Lexi
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            Ingredients

              Salad Ingredients

              • 1 cup organic arugula (or more depending on how many you are serving)
              • 1 Hass avocado, diced
              • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
              • 2 peaches, pit removed, quartered, and grilled
              • 6 oz. lump crab meat

              Peach Dressing

              Directions

              Grease a grill or grill pan and grill for 3-5 minutes on each side, until well caramelized.

              In a high speed blender, peach ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

              Place arugula, grilled peaches, and avocado on serving platter of choice. Top with crab meat and a drizzle of peach dressing! Serve with more dressing on the side.

              Recipe Notes

              • *Store leftover dressing in an air-tight container for up to one week.
              • **If using a high-speed blender, you do not need to peel the peaches for the dressing!
              • *** Substitute crab meat for grilled shrimp or protein of choice, if desired!

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              Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Crab Salad with Peach Dressing

              This Citrus Mahi Mahi with Avocado Salsa is such a great light and healthy Summer dish! The creamy avocado, fresh orange juice, and delicious smoky grilled fish is such a flavorful combination. I can’t wait to make this again and again.

              Mahi Mahi Citrus Salsa | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

              I am always looking for quick and simple meals, and this Citrus Mahi Mahi with Avocado Salsa is just that! It takes 30 minutes to prepare, and is loaded with delicious bright flavors! If you are having trouble finding fresh mahi mahi, feel free to substitute it for another white fish. The perfect tropical flavors for warm Summer days!

              Mahi Mahi Citrus Salsa | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

               

              Mahi Mahi Citrus Salsa | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

               

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              Citrus Mahi Mahi with Avocado Salsa


              Yield 2
              Prep Time 10 minutes
              Cook Time 10 minutes
              Total Time 20 minutes



              Author: Lexi
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              Ingredients

                Mahi Mahi Marinade

                Avocado Salsa

                • 1 avocado, diced
                • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
                • 1 orange, diced  (can sub diced pineapple or mango)
                • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
                • 2 teaspoons lime juice
                • 3 teaspoons fresh orange juice
                • 1/2 teaspoon cilantro
                • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
                • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste

                Other Ingredients

                • 1 lime, sliced into wedges for garnish
                • 1 cup arugula
                • 1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
                • Optional: 1/4 cup diced mango
                • Optional: Pinch of red pepper flakes

                Directions

                1. In a bowl mix together the fish marinade ingredients. Place fish in the marinade, cover, and place in the fridge.
                2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the avocado salsa.
                3. Mix well and set aside. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
                4. Oil your grill pan and place on the stove over high heat. Once hot, cook fish over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side. Fish should be opaque and flaky.
                5. On a serving plate of choice lay down a bed of arugula with sliced tomatoes. Place cooked fish filets on the arugula and top with a generously amount of avocado salsa.
                6. Drizzle with lime juice right before serving.

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                Citrus Mahi Mahi with Avocado Salsa

                This Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad is tangy with a kick and the perfect refreshing lunch or light dinner on a summer day! Simply toss everything in a bowl, taste, and devour! Check out the video below for how to make it.

                 

                Tossed Shrimp Salad in lettuce cupsLemon Basil Shrimp Salad Recipe

                Don’t you love easy, 1-bowl, super flavorful lunches or dinners? This Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad is light on the prep but heavy on the deliciousness. Eat this tossed shrimp salad in a lettuce cup, over a bed of grains or all by itself! It’s my favorite meal to whip up super quickly that has so much flavor! The options are endless!

                Here’s what you need to make it:

                Shrimp tossed salad in a mason jar

                Can’t buy precooked shrimp?

                This shrimp salad recipe calls for fully cooked shrimp. If you can’t buy them, you can starting with raw shrimp. Clean, devein, and remove the tail. Cook in a small skillet with oil of choice, salt, and pepper until pink, fully opaque and fully cooked through.

                Can this be made ahead of time?

                You can make this day up to 1 day ahead of time, but ideally served within a few hours after making it.

                Lemon dressing for shrimp salad in lettuce boats

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                Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad


                Yields 4
                Prep Time 10 minutes
                Cook Time
                Total Time 10 minutes



                Author: Lexi
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                Ingredients

                • 15/20 large shrimp, roughly chopped
                • 1 cup grape tomatoes, diced
                • 1 red onion, chopped
                • 1 avocado, diced
                • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish

                Lemon-Basil Marinade

                Directions

                 

                1. In one bowl combine cooked shrimp, grape tomatoes, onion, avocado and basil and set aside.
                2. In another bowl combine marinade ingredients and mix well, taste and add more ingredients to your liking.
                3. Pour marinade over shrimp salad and toss.
                4. Serve in a lettuce leaf, garnish with fresh basil, and serve with additional lemon if desired.

                 

                Recipe Notes

                If you are starting with raw shrimp. Clean, devein, and remove the tail. Cook in a small skillet with oil of choice, salt, and pepper until pink, fully opaque and fully cooked through.

                 

                You can also use about 30 whole baby shrimp instead of the large.


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