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Rice Avocado Salad


This past weekend I was lucky enough to be a guest judge at a fun guacamole competition. This event really got me thinking about the constraints of the term "guacamole". Obviously purists will say that all you need for a good guac is perfectly ripe avocados, some lime juice, garlic, and salt. But where's the line? Tomatoes, onions, and cilantro are all pretty common. If you add mango is it still a guacamole? How about bananas? Anchovy? It was this sort of thinking that prompted me to make this salad. I would call this a fresh, fast, tasty summer weeknight lunch or dinner, but I would NOT call it a guacamole. These are the kinds of things I eat when I am not cooking for the blog.

You MIGHT still be able to call it guac at this point.

I boiled the rice instead of steaming it to get rid of excess starch. Add a diced zucchini at the last minute of cooking just to lightly blanch it.

This is no longer guacamole. I guess rice is where I draw the line?

I also added a small can of tuna to this just cause I was in the mood for tuna that night. Totally optional, but it's pretty tasty.

Thanks to everyone involved with the Guac-Off for having me. I really enjoyed it!

2 avocados
1 lime
1 red pepper
1 clove garlic
1 Jalapeno
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup rice
1 zucchini
1 can blackbeans
Squirt of sriracha
optional small can of tuna

Boil the rice until tender instead of cooking it the normal way, and pop in the diced zucchini during the last minute of cooking. Drain and lightly rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Mix everything together. That is all.

Where do you guys draw your Guacamole Line?


Avocado and rice sound like the perfect combination. I like how you included the tuna to make it a full dinner.

Yes, I think rice stops it from being a guac. But really, who am I to judge? :-P

Hey just made this and wow its super good even better than I would've thought, I added a lot of sriracha because I like it spicy but awesome recipe, thank you.

This is wonderful, thanks! I love your recipes!

I needed a recipe to use up the avocados I had- that's what I get for buying a six pack- so I tried this.
It was very good. I think it could have used another can of tuna but I would never have thought of this myself. It was very simple and good.

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