This isn’t as smooth as a dressing. And it’s not your standard guacamole. Looking at the ingredients, one would probably conclude it is a veggie dip. But it can be anything you wish! Use as a dressing, guacamole, veggie dip, or condiment topper. It’s semi-creamy because of the avocado, but if you want it creamier, just add the other half of the avocado. The peppers and cherry tomatoes give this dip a nice sweetness, while the lemon juice brings a bit of tang. If you wanted to get a little more involved, you could also try adding grapes, a nut butter of your choice, or even some raisins or currants for a different spin.
Before we get to the actual measurements in this recipe, let’s talk about the benefits of just one stalk of celery — especially for our digestion. Sure…celery tastes like “crunchy water,” but that’s the very reason why it’s good for our digestive systems! (1) The high water content of celery, combined with the insoluble fiber, makes it a great food for easing the passage of stools. (1) Fiber and phytochemicals in celery make important contributions to the health of our digestive systems. (2) A single stalk supplies 4% of our daily fiber needs. (2) It has equal amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber, which provide the full range of benefits: from preventing constipation, to facilitating nutrient digestion and absorption, while lowering your risk of stomach inflammation and ulcers. (2)
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1 C Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 or 2 Stalks Celery
- 1/4 C Basil (and/or Cilantro combination)
- 1 T Lemon Juice
- 2 Mini Red Peppers (or 1 Small)
- Cayenne & Garlic Sea Salt optional/to taste
- Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse. Leave chunky like a guacamole consistency.