Healthy “guacamole” with lettuce spears

Looking for a healthy, filling snack or main dish for your lunch?  This is it.  This dip is similar to guacamole, but it’s a little bit fresher — you can really taste the avocado and lime. 

The best part?  I’ve made this recipe much healthier than the usual chips-n’-guacamole snack.  Instead of relying on unhealthy, fried corn chips, I’ve replaced the chips with lettuce spears.  This substitute saves hundreds of calories, plus loads of fat and salt.

I recommend eating this the same day it’s made (otherwise, the avocados brown).  It lasts for up to 24 hours.  Split this “guacamole” 4 ways with your coworkers or family and you’ll have a healthy, delicious snack.  Or split it 2 ways with your partner or friend as part of a light lunch.


4 snack-sized servings


1 avocado, mashed coarsly with a fork

1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped

1 t. red onion, finely diced

1 T. lime juice (the juice from 1 lime normally is sufficient)

Pinch of sea salt (or kosher salt), to taste

1 head of baby romaine lettuce, leaves separated and washed (can substitute endive leaves)



Mix all ingredients in a bowl using a fork – except for the lettuce leaves.  Serve in a bowl and use the lettuce leaves to scoop up the “guacamole.”

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