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You will love this Avocado, Yoghurt and Mint dip. It is light, creamy and refreshing and incredibly easy to make. Here I have combined two of my favourite ingredients, avocado and Greek yoghurt. I have boosted their flavour by the addition of lime juice and mint.
The most famous of avocado dips is, of course, guacamole. With good reason, it is one of the most popular dips. However, for a change, I like to vary my avocado dip. I love making this variation with Greek yoghurt, lime juice and mint. It’s so quickly made. I just blend all the ingredients in a small food processor and I am rewarded with a pale green dip which has a smooth, velvety texture. I turn it into a serving dish and add a few, small mint leaves for garnish. However, this dip has one great advantage over guacamole; it can be made a few hours before serving. The acidity in the yoghurt helps prevent the avocado from oxidising and maintains the lovely, pale green colour.
Avocado makes the dip rich and creamy and the yoghurt and lime juice provide a gentle, tangy flavour. I add the chopped mint after blending, and this brings a fabulous, bright note to the mixture. It is delicious, flavourful and healthy, and whilst this is definitely a dip, I love its versatility. It is also perfect served with many other things. Today I will serve this dip with crackers and crudites, making it a very healthy snack. It’s also a great condiment for Greek food. I’m thinking of Greek-style chicken breast or lamb skewers cooked on the barbecue. It’s also great with my Cheese and Herb Filo Pie.
However, its versatility extends further, making it ideal to use as a spread in a sandwich. Or, thin it with a little water and you have a nutritious salad dressing.
Avocado is also delicious as the star ingredient in my friend Sylvie’s Avocado, Cilantro and Lime Sauce.
As for the colour, when you make this dip I would love you to give me your impression of the colour. It is SO beautiful that I am unable to accurately describe it. The best description I have come up with is “iced mint green”. I encourage you to channel your inner Nigella and give me your thoughts in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Avocado, Yoghurt and Mint Dip
This fabulous dip, which is made in minutes, makes a great appetiser. However, it is not just a dip. There are many ways in which to use it. Serve it with crudites for a nutritious snack, or serve it to accompany grilled meat or poultry. It can be used as a sandwich spread or thin it with a little water to make a nutritious salad dressing.
- 1 large avocado peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt plain
- 2 tsp lime juice * freshly squeezed
- 1/4 cup mint leaves finely sliced – keep a few aside for a garnish
- sea salt to taste
In the bowl of a small food processor*, place the avocado, Greek yoghurt and lime juice.
Whiz the ingredients to combine. They should be smooth and creamy.
Season to taste and briefly whiz again*.
Add the finely sliced mint leaves to the bowl of the food processor and stir to combine.
Turn the avocado mixture into a serving bowl.
Top with a few mint leaves for garnish.
Serve with crackers, corn chips, toasted pita bread or crudites.
The dip can be made several hours in advance. If so, cover well and refrigerate.
*To obtain the bright, fresh flavour of lime juice, please use a fresh lime, not the bottled variety.
*If you don’t have a food processor or blender, place the avocado in a medium bowl and mash. Add the yoghurt, lime juice and salt. It will not have the creaminess which is obtained by using a food processor or blender, but it will still be delicious.
*As always, I encourage you to adjust flavours to suit your palate. Add more salt or lime juice if you need to.
49 31 1 238
49 31 1 238