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A Yogi and Her Guacamole: Guest Post with Sam


Thanks to Sam, I am no longer indifferent to guacamole.  In fact, I can now say I love it. To be more specific, I love Sam’s recipe. I never realized (never really thought about it either) how personal guacamole is. I want LOTS of fresh cilantro, but know you either love or hate cilantro; there’s no middle ground. At least that’s been my experience and if certain friends are coming over and there’s cilantro involved, I have to stop and think, “hmmmm are they lovers or haters”? It’s not worth losing friends over, but I admit to feeling a bit sorry for them. Salsa without cilantro? A Banh mi sandwich? A wrap without stems and leaves just snipped from the garden? Perish the thought.

There was a Cinco de Mayo party at work (fun!) and I watched Sam make the guacamole in our kitchen/lunchroom/copy room. It had all the very simple ingredients I love:  avocado, fresh lime juice, salt and…grape tomatoes! I really love the addition of the tomatoes and the extra layer of flavor and freshness it brings. I have to add that while I am a huge fan of garlic and onions, I enjoy guacamole more without them. I actually prefer adobo seasoning  ,which has onion and garlic powder in addition to other dried herbs and spices, to fresh here.

In addition to working with Sam, I enjoy practicing yoga with her as well. She recently completed her Baptiste Power Vinyasa teacher training and taught her first class last week – way to go Sam!

On my list for the perfect spring and summer: yoga, easy food, cocktails, relaxation and…this guacamole!

A few more dips and snacks:  Mediterranean Vegetable Relish, Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
And cocktails!:  Sangria, Sunshine Cocktail, Pimm’s Cup

Pitting an avocado is fun! How to here:

Sam’s Guacamole


  • 3 Avocados – halved and pits removed
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Adobo powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Jalapeno – seeded and minced
  • Handful cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • Generous handful of fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • *Dash of Cayenne for more heat if desired

Scoop the avocado from the skin with a spoon and add to a medium size bowl. Pour the lime juice over and mash with a potato masher or fork to desired smooth/chunkiness. Add the rest of ingredients and mix well. Taste and if you’re me, add more salt and cumin here! Cover and let sit for an hour or enjoy immediately!

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  1. Robert
    May 27, 2014

    I love this! I’m not a Guacamole lover or hater, but this stuff is fantastic. Yum City!